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LTAB approves Community Church expansion

February 15, 2019 GMT

LAUGHLIN — A special meeting of the Laughlin Town Advisory Board was held on Jan. 29. The meeting intended to discuss the design review of parking and landscaping reductions for additions planned at Laughlin Community Church, 2910 Needles Highway in Laughlin.

The design review passed 4-0 with recommendation from the board to pass the phase three north extension project on the church building.

The 1,639 square foot add-on will act as the church’s new entrance and will house offices, as well as restroom facilities. It also will serve as a channel for processions.

The reduction of parking spaces and a potential phase four 45.5-foot west spire blocking mountain views off Biscaya Drive were the only areas of concern during discussion among the board and general public.

“They are obstructing our view, plus they want to reduce parking spaces,” concerned Laughlin resident Bernie Lornitis, said. “They don’t have enough parking spaces for what they have now, and are parking out on Palm Terrace and up the corner. It looks to me they keep adding on to this place and they don’t have enough room.”

The original design proposed 129 spaces and was reduced to 63 in 2012 with the completion of the phase two addition. Construction of the spire is not a current building priority and the north extension of the building will match the same 20-foot height of the current building.

“We are just renewing the request made in 2012,” said David Strait, the architect on the project. “This is not a new wrinkle. All we want to do is improve the north extension and build that part of the church.”

As for the reduction in parking spaces, the Institute of Transportation Engineers approved it back in 2012. It passed due to the ratio of spaces needed, compared to the number of church seats and building square footage.

“We have in the past had a letter of permission from the previous owner of the shopping center to use the parking spaces behind the church,” Cheryl Crow said.

However, the shopping center has since been sold. The new owner has stated he will send a letter in the future stating church members can park there, according to Crow.

When that letter of approval from the owner of the shopping center will be officially be sent, nobody knows.

Board member James Maniaci forwarded the motion for approval of the Clark County planning and zoning requests made by the church.