The Lake Havasu City Council will for the first time review plans for a 136-unit residential manufactured home community just south of Lake Havasu Shops on Tuesday as it considers an application to change the future map of land use in the general Havasu plan.
Redlands, Calif.-based developer Yenomom Havasu is requesting the minor change to the future land use map which, if approved, would be the first step towards approval of the proposed “Yellow Bell Villas”. The residential development would be built on 17.91 acres located at 40 Retail Center Blvd., which is west of Home Depot and just south of The Shops entrance to Retail Center by Dillard’s. The property is currently designated as “employment” on the city’s land use map, but Yenomom Havasu is requesting that it be changed to “medium density residential”.
If the amendment is approved by council at its Tuesday meeting, it would allow the developer to apply for residential zoning for the property which is currently zoned as general commercial.
The planning and zoning commission considered the application in January and voted 5 to 1 to recommend that council approve the amendment.
Chris Stark along with Yenomom Havasu told the commission in January that Yellow Bell Villas would be a gated community made up largely of duplexes but with a few single-family homes. Each manufactured home would feature two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms with between 700 and 900 square feet of living space. Each unit would also have a large 1,000 square foot garage. Stark said that when set up as a duplex, the garages would share one wall, while the living areas would be located at opposite ends of the duplex.
Stark said the buyers would own the house and garage, but lease the land. He said the Home Owners Association will handle all maintenance and upkeep of the property, which will include shared amenities such as recreation areas, walking paths and dog parks.
Stark told the commission that the exact price of the homes has not yet been identified, but they hope to sell them for more than $200,000 or less than $300,000.
The land at 40 Retail Center Blvd. will soon be surrounded by planned storage unit developments to the north, south and east of the proposed Yellow Bell Villas. Stark said his original plan for the property was also to build storage, but he told the commission he had decided to try to bring more residential housing to the area – saying he thought it would would be a greater benefit to the city.
The city council meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, located inside the police station at 2360 N. McCulloch Blvd. The meeting is open to members of the public to attend in person, or proceedings can be viewed live on Channel 4 or streamed online at lhcaz.gov/tv.