Friday, September 14, 2012

Proposed Mohave County heliport causes dust-up

A zoning request for a heliport north of Kingman ruffled a few feathers Wednesday.

Two people asked the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission to delay approving a zoning request for a heliport at the Last Stop Arizona gas station and restaurant because the owner hadn't notified the Federal Aviation Administration of other heliport projects in the area.

The commission unanimously voted to recommend the zoning request to the Board of Supervisors. Commissioner Krystal Symonds recused herself from the vote because of a conflict of interest.

"I don't believe you got the full story," said Mark Sipple, an attorney for the nearby Triangle Airpark. He reminded the commission that they had approved a zoning request for a heliport for Loraus Investments across the street from the Last Stop in March. The approval of that heliport was not included in the report to the commission or the FAA, he said.

Commission Chair Carl Flusche pointed out that there was a site study from the FAA that said Last Stop's heliport wouldn't interfere with other air travel in the area.

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