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County projects in a 1-mile limbo zone

David Montgomery, chairman of the board, said he will recommend suspending any pending projects in the 1-mile territory surrounding Williston now that the city has announced its intent to exercise its jurisdictional authority in those areas.

WILLISTON — At least two projects and quite possibly many others could be headed for limbo at today's meeting of the Williams County Board of County.

David Montgomery, chairman of the board, said he will recommend suspending any pending projects in the 1-mile territory surrounding Williston now that the city has announced its intent to exercise its jurisdictional authority in those areas.

Williston has set a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Commission Room of Williston City Hall for a zoning transition meeting, as required by North Dakota law. Zoning rules, regulations and restrictions will be reviewed and a plan provided for an orderly transition.

"If they're taking over the jurisdiction — which they have every right to do — but I'm not going to ask our planning and zoning department waste tax payer money to pursue those projects inside the 1-mile. It would be a waste of their time and ours."

The county board meeting is open to the public and began at 8 a.m. today in the Commissioners Room inside the Williams County Courthouse, 205 E. Broadway.

Among the pending projects before the board today is a request from Bob Horab... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

WILLISTON — At least two projects and quite possibly many others could be headed for limbo at today's meeting of the Williams County Board of County.

David Montgomery, chairman of the board, said he will recommend suspending any pending projects in the 1-mile territory surrounding Williston now that the city has announced its intent to exercise its jurisdictional authority in those areas.

Williston has set a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Commission Room of Williston City Hall for a zoning transition meeting, as required by North Dakota law. Zoning rules, regulations and restrictions will be reviewed and a plan provided for an orderly transition.

"If they're taking over the jurisdiction — which they have every right to do — but I'm not going to ask our planning and zoning department waste tax payer money to pursue those projects inside the 1-mile. It would be a waste of their time and ours."

The county board meeting is open to the public and began at 8 a.m. today in the Commissioners Room inside the Williams County Courthouse, 205 E. Broadway.

Among the pending projects before the board today is a request from Bob Horab to rezone 69.92 acres from agricultural to industrial and to rezone 5.65 acres from agricultural to commercial, and a conditional use permit for a caretaker's residence.

There is also one from Patrick Murphy for a rezone, conditional use permit and comprehensive plan amendment for a mixed-use development that will be located near Williston Crossing called Northland Neighborhood.

It is an RV park with space for 343 RV's and 399 mobile homes, as well as some commercial space. The RV Park follows existing county rules. However, it is not compliant with a new ordinance that goes into effect two weeks from now that will limit the number of days an RV may remain parked. The intent of the ordinance is to return RV parks to those more normally associated with locations such as Lewis and Clark State Park.

Northland Neighborhood was approved at the April 2 Williams County Planning and Zonning meeting.

Stropiq, the developers of Williston Crossing, had filed a letter raising questions about the project. In the objection, Stropiq principle Terry Olin asked that many of the same questions posed to them be asked of Northland Neighborhood's developer, such as whether the proposed northwest bypass access is actually workable.

"The only planned access from the northwest bypass is approximately 1/2 mile west, so getting to the proposed 13 acres of commercial space on the south end of the Northland site will have to be via a frontage road, if at all. This is not clear on the submitted illustrations," the statement read in part.

The document also pointed out the petitioner owns a substantial infill site within city limits and questions why he wouldn't want to fill those first. It also pointed out that the Northland development will face the same questions related to fire and emergency services and sewer and water that vexed Williston Crossing during its approval process.

"The economics of bringing sewer lines over 2 miles from the proposed private treatment plant east of the site, and building out a west-side access from Highway 2/85 may be justified for a project the size of Williston Crossing, but can it possibly be justified by trailer park rent?" Olin's letter asks. "Finally, given the amount of 'shovel ready' infill space better suited to residential use, we do question the rationale of locating a large residential development at the signaled intersection of two four-lane highways which will handle significant loud truck traffic."

In addition to the two 1-mile territory projects, there are a number of other requests on the county agenda requesting either rezoning or a conditional use permit.

Among these is the Lindahl Wind project, requesting conditional use permits to place temporary meteorological towers in Lindahl Township.

Basin Electric wants a conditional use permit for the Pioneer Generation Station Phase II project in Hebron Township.

Dakota Access, LLC, is requesting a rezone and conditional use permit to construct a crude oil facility in Judson township and a similar request in Pleasant Valley Township.

Ronald Viall is requesting a rezone to place a shop and office space on land in Wheelock Township.

Western Area Water Supply Authority is requesting a conditional use permit and variance for a 1 million gallon water storage tank in Stony Creek Township.

Jerry Zimmerman is requesting a conditional use permit for a business on agricultural land for a mechanical repair shop and trailer storage on land in Buford Township.

Also on the agenda are discussions with the Williston Rural Fire Department, an update on the Williston Airport relocation, a review of Oasis Remediation plans, community outreach from Continental Resources, a report on TransCanada Upland Pipeline project and a briefing on a facilities study the county has engaged with Jim Steinman.


Source: http://www.willistonherald....

APR 14 2015
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