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County sets hearing on fee increases

January 12, 2018 GMT

KINGMAN — The first of five public meetings on a proposed increase in building and zoning fees will be held Tuesday in Bullhead City.

Mohave County supervisors will take comments on the proposed fee increases for building permits in the development services department, planning and zoning fees and restructuring automation fees.

The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms A & B at the county library in Bullhead City. The library is at 1170 Hancock Road. A copy of the fee changes can be found on the Mohave County website by following the link to the Development Services Department.

A meeting also will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman. Other meetings will be held in Lake Havasu City, Beaver Dam and Colorado City.

The public comments could go before the building code advisory board by February. The comments then would go before planning and zoning commission, then the county supervisors possibly by May.

The board voted last August to change the county ordinance, increasing building permit fees for services provided in the building code. The supervisors also voted to increase the fees in the county’s zoning ordinance and land regulations.

To get more public input, the supervisors rescinded those fee changes at their November meeting after several dozen speakers expressed opposition to changes.

At a prior board meeting, Development Services Director Tim Walsh said building fees have not increased in eight years and normally would be done incrementally. Zoning fees have not increased in 10 to 12 years.

The fee increases will allow the department to hire more personnel to improve service and provide faster turnaround for building plans. If the economy improves and building permits increase, the added staff would help provide faster service. The increase in fees would recoup the cost of processing the fees and be in range of other counties, Walsh said.