The City of Kingman is conducting a citizen survey to help improve city operations. In October, a survey was mailed to a random selection of 1,600 resident households. The survey is now available online to all residents. Log in to http://bit.ly/kingmanaz2018survey by Monday, December 10th to give your input!
Pursuant to the Responsible Sales and Use Tax Act (Proposition 413) approved by the City of Kingman voters on November 6, 2018, the City of Kingman’s Model City Tax Code will be amended to reflect a 1% decrease in the transaction privilege and use tax rate among most categories effective January 1, 2019. Click here for more information.
The Kingman General Plan 2030 was adopted by the Kingman Common Council on March 4, 2014. As required by state law, the General Plan was ratified by the voters on November 4, 2014 with 55.43% in the affirmative. The Kingman General Plan 2030 is an update of the Kingman General Plan 2020 which was adopted by the Council in November 2003 and ratified by a majority of the voters in May 2004. State law requires the adoption or re adoption of a general plan every ten years.
The Kingman General Plan 2030 is the primary tool used to guide long range growth and development within the City of Kingman and its planning area, which extends outside the current municipal boundaries. The purpose of the General Plan is to ensure that this growth is focused, orderly, and that it provides a balanced mix of land uses, while improving the efficiency of traffic, and preserving good air quality and proper water quality. The General Plan attempts to balance expected growth with supportive, efficient public facilities, infrastructure and services to help ensure a livable and sustainable community.
There are nine sections to the General Plan including: 1. Goals and Objectives; 2. Demographics; 3. Transportation; 4. Land Use including the Projected Land Use Map; 5. Growth Areas; 6. Public Facilities and Services; 7. Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space; 8. Cost of Development and; 9. Environmental Planning.
How was the public involved in the development of the Kingman General Plan 2030?
The Kingman General Plan 2030 Update is the result of over a dozen meetings held by the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission beginning in September 2012 and concluding in October 2013 with two public hearings and a town hall meeting. The Kingman Common Council also held a public hearing in December 2013. The Planning and Zoning Commission and Council sought and received input on the plan from citizens, businesses, developers, community leaders, other government agencies, and city staff.
What is the function of the projected land use map?
The Kingman General Plan 2030 includes a Projected Land Use Map which depicts existing and potential land uses within the planning area. The map indicates a range of residential densities, commercial and industrial uses, areas for parks and open space, and various locations for public and quasi-public uses such as schools, government offices and services, and places of worship. The land use designations are based upon a number of factors, including compatibility with surrounding areas, development constraints, availability of infrastructure and access, and the need to ensure a balanced mix of land uses within the area.
How is the general plan used by developers, by the public, and by the city?
Growth brings with it demands for more develop-able land, sewer, water, police, fire, roads, and other public services. For the developer the General Plan serves as the official source for information on the amount and distribution of land suitable and available for various types of uses. For the public, the General Plan serves as an indicator on how additional growth can be accommodated without diminishing current levels of public services. For the City of Kingman, the General Plan includes goals, objectives and policies that provide the basis for the City’s development regulations, such as zoning, and helps to determine priorities for its capital improvements plans and extensions of services.
What is the difference between the projected land use map and the zoning map?
The Projected Land Use Map and the General Plan, together, act as a guide for the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council to evaluate proposed changes to the Zoning Map and implement development proposals. The Projected Land Use Map also gives the public an idea of what types of uses may occur in the future within a given area.
The City of Kingman Zoning Map, which is a separate from the Projected Land Use Map, is the document that provides a parcel-specific delineation of various zoning districts. Embodied within each zoning district are specific development standards and regulations governing land use (such as allowed uses, building height, setbacks, lot size etc.). This information is further detailed in the Kingman Zoning Ordinance. Any amendments to the Zoning Map, also known as rezonings, must conform to the Projected Land Use Map.
Does a particular land use designation guarantee the approval certain zoning districts?
The land uses indicated in the Projected Land Use Map do not automatically guarantee a specific zoning district already exists or will be approved at a specific site. The Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council can consider not only whether a proposed zoning change fits the land use projections for a given area. They can consider a variety of issues such as the availability and timing of infrastructure, access, traffic impacts, and other issues, when determining whether a site is ready for a specific zone and a specific use.
Can the general plan be changed?
The Kingman General Plan 2030 and Projected Land Use Map are not static and may be amended as conditions warrant by the City Council after review and recommendations are made by the Planning and Zoning Commission. However, the Projected Land Use Map should not be viewed as a super-layer of zoning subject to monthly revisions and changes. Minor amendments to the plan can be heard at any time. However, major amendments to the General Plan, as defined by Section 2-137 of the Kingman Municipal Code, can be considered only once a year in May by the Kingman Common Council after a minimum of two public hearings by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Major Amendments require a two-thirds majority vote of the City Council for approval.
Where can I obtain additional information on the Kingman General Plan 2030?
The Kingman General Plan 2030, including the Projected Land Use Map, is available for review and downloading for free on the City of Kingman website. Copies of the plan and the map are available to purchase between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the City of Kingman Development Services Department located at 310 N. Fourth Street in Kingman, Arizona. If you have any questions, please contact us at (928) 753-8130.
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