As the fairways at Lake Havasu Golf Club get revamped, the property boundaries are also going through some changes. In the last year alone, 10 lot extensions have been approved and undertaken at 10 different residences surrounding the course, chipping away at the green.
Under its new ownership, course improvements are being made, and there are parcels of property that the golf course is “willing to sell to adjacent property owners,” City Planner Luke Morris said.
One of those 10 lot extensions was approved at the latest City Council meeting. In the first instance of its kind, the lot alteration also required a rezone in order to accommodate the property owner’s vision.
“This is a case where there are two different zoning districts for one piece of property,” Morris explained during an August Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. “It happens from time to time. It’s not preferred, but sometimes, it does end up happening.”
Nine out of the 10 lot extensions didn’t require a rezone because of what they were using the extra land for. According to Morris, if the newly added portion of the lot is used to build things like retaining walls, landscaping or even a swimming pool, a rezone is not required.
In this case, however, the property owners at 524 Hagen Way would like to build an art studio behind their house. The extra land purchased from the golf course is about “15 feet deep and 124 or so wide,” according to Morris.
They’ve already demolished the house and would like to rebuild according to the full property boundary, Morris said.
After a parcel of land is purchased from the golf course, the first step is to combine the purchased golf course property with their current residential lot.
“That’s a lot combination process, and that’s approved by the zoning administrator,” Morris said.
While they don’t “necessarily have to request a rezone,” he added, “the zoning administrator made a determination that if they’re trying to develop that lot now with new buildings and new structures, it would be more appropriate if they had the same zoning.”
Before the development code was updated in 2016, the golf course was zoned for Residential Estate.
“As part of the development code update, it was determined that the golf course should probably be zoned Golf Course,” Morris said at a recent City Council meeting. “If that hadn’t happened back in 2016, we wouldn’t be here today talking about a rezone.”
With this particular lot extension on Hagen Way, there were no neighborhood concerns. But that isn’t the reality in all cases.
Luke Still, vice chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, expressed his concern at an August meeting. “My concern, I guess, is looking further down the road. If there was significant opposition from the neighborhood, would approving this create a precedent that you’re worried about?”
Morris doesn’t think it would and answered saying that it would come down to a case-by-case basis.
The 10 processed lot extensions include four residences on Hagen Way, three on Palmer Drive, and one lot on Cup Drive, Paseo Dorado and Hogan Lane.
The rezone for the lot extension at 524 Hagen Way was approved unanimously by the Planning and Zoning Commission in August and the City Council in September.
Morris ended his City Council presentation by saying, “There may be even more of these coming in the future.”