At least a couple of city council members want to know more about the Kingman Crossing jigsaw puzzle before assembling any of the single pieces. That’s essentially what Jen Miles and Carol Young have to say about a proposed commercial zoning district for city-owned property viewed as a key component of the effort to build an Interstate 40 interchange to stimulate retail development and generate sales tax revenue for the city.
Miles and Young told colleagues during the June 16 Kingman City Council meeting that they support the economic development effort, but simply want to know more before approving rezoning for the 151 acres the city would likely sell as the project advances.
“I really would like to have further information because there’s so many things surrounding this,” Miles said.
“I’m just concerned about the steps in getting there to ensure we get what the community wants,” Young concurred. “I do think we need to have a workshop that we can discuss the project, all of the steps involved with this project, because right now I feel like we’re just throwing darts at the wall and hoping they hit targets.”
Council member Larry Carver noted that rezoning is necessary before the land can be sold. He said the step is elementary and that the rest of the picture gets painted as the project advances.
Council member Mark Abram said he sees the conundrum clearly. On the one hand it might be premature and difficult to lay out the full picture, but on the other hand, Abram recognized concern about restraing and exercising due diligence.
“I do understand some of the apprehension that we have with some of the councilmembers as well as some of the people in the audience,” Abram said. “So, if at all possible, I would love to make a motion to table this until we can hold a public workshop.”
The Council approved the Abram motion directing city manager John Dougherty to stage the public information meeting by mid-July, if not sooner.