Standards for Special Events, Residential Development, Right of Way before Lake Havasu City Council | Local News


Lake Havasu City Council will review changes to the city’s standards and special events requirements that officials say are intended to streamline and clarify the process for event planners.

Council members will discuss several proposed changes to Chapters 8 and 9 of the city code, with many changes affecting or clarifying the special event request process itself. One of the proposed additions to the code specifically sets out the authorization criteria against which all special event requests will be assessed, as well as the grounds on which such a request would be denied or revoked. It also extends the period during which an organizer can appeal a decision from five days to ten.

“The intention is that we put in place a streamlined process to ensure the success of events in Lake Havasu, it is easy for the organizers and promoters, and it is a safe and enjoyable experience for those who attend”, said Jess Knudson, City Manager of Lake Havasu. “We had an app that was for several different things, whether you wanted to request to film in Havasu or a special event, whether it was a small event or a large event, we need the same app. In some cases it didn’t make much sense, so we’re trying to make it a little easier and a little more user-friendly.

Other proposed changes included in the ordinance would move the deadline for submitting a request for a special event from 30 days before the start of the event to 60 days before.

“We’re going to work with the organizers as best we can, but we prefer – especially for big events – to reach out and start this process as early as possible,” Knudson said. “Some of our larger events require police services, fire departments, road closures, contributions to public works and communications with different business owners… For these types of events, we ask them to start the process well in advance so that we can make it a successful event for all.

Knudson said another proposed change would require the event organizer to put in place a waste management plan, to ensure the event area is cleaned up afterwards.

Council will consider an application by Built Well Construction to rezone Lots 360, 370 and 380 on N. Lake Havasu Avenue, which is currently a mixed-use neighborhood / planned development that requires the construction of a hotel on the property. The rezoning would return the property to the original multi-family residential zoning, which was in place prior to the approval of the planned development in 2008. All three lots are surrounded on three sides by multi-family zoning, with single-family lots on the other side.

Council members will also consider entering into a development agreement with SSD Clarke Developments for the Enclaves neighborhood, which is part of phase two of the Havasu Foothills residential development. The Enclaves are designed as a gated community with private streets and private sewer infrastructure, but they will be connected to the City of Lake Havasu sewerage system and will also receive city water service. The development agreement stipulates that the sewer infrastructure will be privately owned and maintained, as will the private streets.

As part of the consent agenda, the board will also consider approving the final platform for Desert Kearsage Condos. The planned six-unit condominium development would be constructed at 3430 Kearsage Drive.

The city council will also be holding a pair of public hearings on two separate but related ordinances relating to construction in the city’s right-of-way.

One of the ordinances would insert new sections in Chapter 11 of the city code which sets out all the requirements and expectations before, during and after any construction in a public right-of-way. City officials said the new ordinance was drawn up after there was some confusion over the city’s requirements for such a construction recently, and is an attempt to make the requirements more organized and clear so that city ​​staff, utility workers and contractors all know the expectations. The board voted 6-0 in favor of the Chapter 11 changes when the ordinance was introduced at the first meeting in September, after asking staff to add the requirement that any such work be done by a person with a valid Arizona contractors license.

In a separate public hearing, council will consider repealing several sections of Chapter 9 that would be redundant if the changes to Chapter 11 were approved. Council supported this 5-1 order when it was introduced earlier this month, with council member Nancy Campbell casting the dissenting vote.

The City Council meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, located inside the police station at 2360 N. McCulloch Blvd. The meeting will be open to members of the public to attend in person, and it will also be available live on Channel 4, or can be streamed online at Public comments can be presented in person during the public call or at one of the scheduled public hearings. Written comments can be emailed to at least one hour before the posted start of the meeting.

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