The city council meeting tonight, July 5, had one item on the agenda that could have deleterious effects on the craft brewing scene locally. It was this:
- Public hearing and consideration of Ordinance No. 1828 amending Subsection 26.820 of the Zoning Ordinance of City of Kingman to allow storage containers on properties in the C-2 zoning district and prescribing certain standards and limitations
Subsection 26.820 SECURE STORAGE UNITS, CARGO, FREIGHT, OR OVERSEAS CONTAINERS of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of
Kingman permits portable storage containers in the C-3, I-1 and I-2 zoning districts with certain conditions. Containers are expressly prohibited in all residential districts and the Recreational Open Space “O” zoning district. On June 13, 2017, the Planning & Zoning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of Ordinance No. 1828 as written. The City Manager believes that containers should be either allowed everywhere in C-2 and not separate out the Entertainment District.
This ordinance would mean that a business in the Entertainment District could not have containers. There is one business only in that District which would be restricted by this ordinance and that is Black Bridge Brewery. They have two containers on site. The city council did recognize that this was directed towards the brewery and that compliance with the amendment as proposed would create a hardship for them. There would be a lot of engineering and architectural costs involved.
It could have interrupted our supply of beer. This is bad. Bad!
However, the city council seemed to be mostly supportive of Black Bridge. They proposed revising the ordinance to remove the restriction on containers in the “entertainment district” and would define the “repurposing” of containers; i.e., adding refrigeration and electrical power, etc., essentially means the containers are not for storage. The council seemed to acknowledge that Black Bridge is not really using the containers for storage, rather it is for operational purposes. This was stated at least twice in the meeting. Additionally, having two 20′ containers would be considered equal to having a single 40′ container. Changes that made actual sense.
The council mentioned that if the containers were already in place and permitted then none of this would apply. The business could continue as is. However, Blake Schritter explained that they have tried to get the required permits but have been repeatedly denied with no explanation. The mayor and building officials are supposed to meet with the Schritters on Thursday, July 6 to sort out this matter.
Aesthetics came up several times in regard to the containers. In other words, the containers make the neighborhood look bad. That’s what I got from it. Not sure if those who added that bit to the ordinance have really looked around Kingman much, but, you know, there are some places that are pretty trashy – without the containers. In other words, lots of “aesthetic” work could be given to other areas in the town. First. A couple of people did speak and gave examples of other sheds and storage buildings in their neighborhoods (and at the Fairgrounds) that were permitted but were terribly unaesthetic.
So, basically, Black Bridge can continue to operate with the containers … if they are given permits. Evidently, though, this matter of permits has come up before in council meetings and still nothing was done. Let’s hope it gets completely resolved this time. We will all need to drink extra beer to accommodate any permit costs.
Anyway, at least a partial victory for your local! Containers stay. Beer continues. The city council seems to be supporting the brewery and that’s good news.