Council members address discussion on downtown housing density | Local News

A proposal to increase the housing density and aesthetics of new developments in Lake Havasu City’s downtown residential neighborhoods is headed to the city council for possible passage tonight.

Council will hold a public hearing to discuss potential changes to the development code for Main Street Residential-Uptown and Residential Commercial Healthcare District which have been discussed by the Planning and Zoning Commission three times since February. Council members will consider the commission’s 6-1 vote that recommends changing the development code to establish a minimum density of 15 residential units per acre, require 50% of a residential building’s footprint to have a second story , require any structure facing the street to include architectural upgrades and require any door facing the street to have a sidewalk connecting it to the street.

Downtown residential neighborhoods are located on either side of the portion of McCulloch Boulevard commonly referred to as “Main Street” – between Mesquite Avenue and Moyo Drive, and between Swanson Avenue and Magnolia Drive.

During public hearings on the proposal at the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 16, March 16 and April 20, Planning Division Director Luke Morris told commissioners that the original intentions of the two districts were to provide medium to high density residential developments, and to create a “main street” area more conducive to walking and pedestrians. But Morris said recent developments and proposals in those districts haven’t always aligned with those intentions — even though they technically meet all of the requirements currently in development code.

Outboard motors for police boat

Board members will consider approving an offer to purchase and install two new Mercury outboard motors to help extend the life of an aging police boat for Fallon Marine. The Havasu-based company was the only one to submit a bid to the city. The offer includes $49,717.77 for the two outboard motors, with the option to pay an additional $5,000 to install both motors on the police boat.

The cost of purchasing and installing the motors would be fully covered by grants from the State Lake Improvement Fund. In total, the bid of $54,717.17 for engines and installation is approximately $250 less than the $54,967 requested for the two engines in Havasu’s grant application.

The city received a total of $800,000 in SLIF grants this year – the maximum amount allowed. In addition to the two new engines, Havasu’s SLIF grant also includes money for a new police boat, a new fire rescue boat and $61,177 to replace the fire department’s boat lift.

Dump truck for the water utility

Council members will consider approving the purchase of a dump truck for use by the city’s water department from Freightliner of Arizona. The total cost of the truck, including customizations needed for its particular water utility uses, is $169,328.22 after taxes.

According to the staff report, the new dump truck will replace a vehicle in Havasu’s current fleet that has been deemed “beyond its useful life and/or beyond repair” by the company’s vehicle maintenance division. city. It will be used to help maintain roads in Havasu.

The staff report notes that there is enough money available in the Water Department’s 2021-22 fiscal year budget to make the purchase.

Outdoor storage at 2124 N. Kiowa Blvd.

Council members will consider an application to rezone a 0.54 acre lot owned by Justin Plehn with J Bird Storage by removing three conditions placed on the property when it was originally rezoned from multi-family residential to general commercial in 2007.

When council approved the application on April 10, 2007, the rezoning was subject to three conditions: that no exterior storage be permitted, that all permitted uses be contained within the building, and that a six-foot masonry wall be placed along the rear of the property. double. The staff report says such conditions are common in planned developments, but not for rezoning applications. The report also says the conditions appear to be meant to buffer the adjoining multi-family lots to the south and west, but the two lots immediately to the west were also rezoned for general retail in 2019.

Staff say outdoor storage is only permitted in a general commercial precinct with a conditional use permit, and note that the review proves it will take into account the impact on adjoining properties. The report also notes that a six-foot masonry wall is already required by the planning code for properties with exterior storage.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7 to 0 to recommend approval of the application.

As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a pair of final dish applications for a few planned residential townhouse developments in Havasu.

Ivy Court Estates is asking for the final flat for its 13-unit townhouse development in the multi-family neighborhood at 1740 Bahama Avenue. APL Surveying is the app, while Anthony Cirocco is the property owner.

The consent program also includes a final dish for Alianza, which shows a 24-unit townhouse development at 3070 and 3072 Shoshone Drive in the residential area of ​​Southgate. The dish also shows a communal swimming pool and a pool house included in the plans. APL Surveying is the app and GMSW is the property owner.

As part of the consent program, board members will consider approving a grant application to the United States Department of Justice for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program.

Havasu currently estimates that it will need to purchase or replace 38 body armor for the police department over the next two fiscal years. The total cost of the vests is expected to be $45,600, and the grant request is half that amount – $22,800. The other half of the money would come from the department’s operating budget.

The staff report notes that the Havasu Police Department has received a total of $143,676.49 for the body armor partnership program since 2000.

Selling City-Owned Land on Avalon Avenue

As part of the consent program, council members will consider selling approximately 20 feet by 225 feet of land located along Avalon Avenue, immediately north of Anita Avenue.

The staff report says Havasu has similar parcels throughout the city that are intended to allow for future utility and/or road expansions. But upon reviewing this particular property, staff determined it was no longer needed for public use and could be sold by the city.

William Lundy, owner of 2441 Anita Avenue, which borders the city-owned parcel along Avalon Avenue, has submitted an affidavit to the city stating that he is interested in purchasing the land from the city. The cost of the property has been assessed at $43,280, which equates to $10 per square foot.

When, where and how to watch

The city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., inside the council chambers located at the police facility at 2360 N. McCulloch Blvd. Board meetings are open to the public who may attend in person. The meeting can also be viewed live on Channel 4 or online at

David H. Henry