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PHONE: (701) 523-3129

104 1st St NW, Suite 4
Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman County Planning and Zoning

The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for administration of the Bowman County zoning and subdivision regulations, staff support to the Bowman County Planning and Zoning Board, and long-range planning for land use and development in Bowman County.

 


OFFICE HOURS:
Monday -Thursday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm & 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm MT
Friday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)


 

County Planning & Zoning Minutes

July 06, 2017
7:00 pm

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session July 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Dakota Room of the Bowman County Courthouse.  Members present were Lynn Brackel, John Soreide, Robb Pierce, Jerry Jeffers, Grace Woods, Dallas Whittet, Myron Vail, Ryan Shear and Rory Teigen Administrator.  Absent Michael Sondeland.   Visitors present were Matt Mauersberger, representative from Apex Clean Energy, Chad Njos, Karen Paulson and Jeff Oakland.     

                Chairman Jeffers called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM. 

                 Soreide made a motion to approve the minutes from June 21, 2016, with Pierce seconding the motion.  Motion carried.

                Since the guest, Mark Mauersberger, representative from APEX Clean Energy, was not present, it was decided to move on to New Business and return to Old Business upon his arrival

The first order of new business was distributing Resolution # 5 to the board members, which was approved at the last meeting on June 21, 2016. 

The second order of new business was consideration for approval of Resolution # 6 amending Bowman County Zoning Ordinance Chapter 6.11.6(2) (b), if approved shall read as follows: 

(b)   Public Roads, Above Ground Communications, Electric Lines; Each wind turbine shall be set back from the nearest public road or above ground communication, electric lines at a distance not less than five hundred feet (500 feet) determined at the center of existing right of way. 

Guest, Mark Mauersberger, representative from APEX Clean Energy, joined the meeting at 7:20 PM. He introduced himself and provided answers to some questions asked of the board members and audience.   He was unable, at this time, to state the size of the turbines or provide details of the parameter of the “Bowman Wind Farm”.   

 New Business continued:

Soreide made a motion to revise Chapter 6.11.6(2) (b) to five hundred feet (500 feet) rather than two hundred (200 feet).  Brackel seconded the motion.  A vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Discussion followed on amending Bowman County Zoning Ordinance Chapter 6.11.6(2) (c), which if approved shall read as:

Wind Energy Facility Perimeter:  Each wind turbine shall be set back from the Wind Energy Facility Perimeter at a distance not less than 500 hundred feet (500).  A variance may be granted if an authorized representative or agent of the permittee and those affected parties on adjoining properties with associated wind rights sign a formal and legally binding agreement expressing all parties’ support for a variance that waived or reduces the setback requirement.   

Pierce made a motion to deny the suggested change, as listed above, with Brackel seconding the motion and retain the ordinance as originally approved on April 3, 2012. A vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Discussion followed on Resolution # 8, which if approved, would change the setback for building and structures to two hundred fifty feet (250 feet) from the center of sections lines and county roads.  The passage of Resolution # 8 died due to a lack of a motion.  The ordinance will remain in effect as originally approved on April 3, 2012.      

                The last order of business was the election of officers.  Pierce made a motion to reappoint Jeffers as Chairman, with Soreide seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried.  Pierce made a motion to reappoint Soreide as Vice Chairman, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried.   

                Jeffers stated that the Bowman County Commissioners suggested that the zoning board conduct quarterly meetings at a minimum, and more frequently, if the need arises. 

                There being no further business to discuss, Soreide made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 PM, with Pierce seconding the motion. 

 

Respectively submitted,

 

Sandra K. Tivis, Secretary

Planning and Zoning Meetings

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning board will meet in the Dakota Room of the Bowman County Courthouse. See the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

Planning and Zoning Board

Jerry Jeffers President        
Grace Wood Member
Ryan Shear Member
Myron Vail Member
Michael Sondeland Member
John Soreide Member
Robb Pierce Member
Dallas Whittet Member
Lynn Brackel Member
Jodi Freier Co-Director
Dean Pearson Co-Director