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Planning and Zoning

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

February 20, 2018
7:00 pm

UNOFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF

THE BOWMAN COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session February 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Commission Room of the Bowman County Courthouse.  Members present were Lynn Brackel, John Soreide, Jerry Jeffers, Grace Woods, Dallas Whittet, Myron Vail and Dean Pearson and Jodi Freier Co-Zoning Directors.  Absent: Mike Sondeland, Robb Pierce, and Ryan Shear.  Visitors present were Jim and Carol Miller, Shelby Wallman, Pine Abrahamson, Apex Clean Energy representatives, Patrick Adams and Mark Mauersberger.  

Chairman Jeffers called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. 

 Soreide made a motion to approve the minutes from November 21, 2017, with Woods seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.   

The first order of business was the Conditional Use application, submitted by Allen Graham, to place a commercial structure on the SW1/4NE1/4 of Section 1, Township 131, Range 102 located in Bowman Township. This tract contains 2.0 acres.  Mr. Graham will be placing a 20 X 24 shop on the location for a Wild Game Processing plant.  Soreide made a motion to approve, with Whittet seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.  

The second order of business was the Conditional Use application, submitted by Cameron Coates, to place a commercial structure on the SW1/4NW1/4 Section 15, Township 131, Range 102 located in Bowman Township.  This tract contains approximately 6.5 acres.  On December 22, 2015, Coates was granted a conditional use permit, on the same location, to place a non-agricultural dwelling in an agricultural zoned area.   Coates did not move forth with the non-agricultural dwelling, within the timeframe allowed, so the property reverted back to its original land use.    Vail made a motion to approve, placing a commercial structure on the property, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.  

Old Business: 

Discussion was held on Article VI, Section 6.11.6 (2) of the Bowman County Zoning Ordinance, in reference to the setbacks required for Wind Energy Facilities.    Brackel made a motion to approve the amendments as presented, with Whittet seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.  

 

 

 

 

6.11.6  General Requirements for Wind Energy Facilities

            (2) Setbacks

                        (a)  Occupied Structures and Facilities:

                        Each wind turbine shall be set back from the nearest occupied dwelling,

                        commercial building or publicly-used structure or facility at a distance not less

                        than two thousand six hundred forty (2640) feet.  Setbacks shall be measured as

                        the horizontal distance between the monopole of the turbine and any object. 

                        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 waives or reduces the setback requirements.

 

(b)  Public Roads and Above Ground Communication and Electrical Lines:

                        Each wind turbine shall be set back from the nearest public road or above

                        ground communication and electric lines at a distance not less than five hundred

                        (500) feet, determined at the center of the existing right-of-way.  Setbacks shall

                        be measured as the horizontal distance between the monopole of the turbine

                        and any object.  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 waives or reduces the setback requirements.

 

                        (c)  Wind Energy Facility Boundary:

                        Each wind turbine shall be set back from the boundary between the host

                        property and any property that adjoins the host property at a distance not less

                        than two and one half (2.5) times the rotor diameter of the wind turbine.  Public

                        roads, above ground communications and electrical lines are excepted from this

                        2.5 rotor diameter requirement, (see 6.11.6 (2b) above).  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

                        waives or reduces the setback requirements.

 

Discussion was held on procedures for correcting non-compliance zoning issues.  Letters will be sent and penalty fees may be assessed.

 

 

 

New Business: 

Discussion was held on the current Utility Permit applications and the need for revisions.  A draft will be presented at the next quarterly meeting for approval.  

Discussion was held on the extra-territorial area, which is measured from the outer boundaries of the City of Bowman, and extending out one half to one mile in Bowman County.  The procedures that were previously approved are: the county is presented with the application, after which, the request is published two weeks in the Bowman County Pioneer, as a formal notification for the public to express concerns.  The final approval must be granted by the Bowman County Commission.

Discussion was held on the current moratorium on the medical marijuana ordinance.   The committee provided an update on their discussion for a proposed ordinance.  A draft will be provided at the next meeting.  

APEX Clean Energy representatives, Mark Mauersberger and Patrick Adams presented a PowerPoint.      

There being no further business to discuss, Vail made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:25 PM, with Soreide seconding the motion. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Sandra K. Tivis, Secretary

County Planning and Zoning Meetings

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning board will meet Quarterly the third Tuesday at 7:00pm the months of February, May, August and November in the County Commission Room of the Bowman County Courthouse. See the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

County 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