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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.


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

September 04, 2018
7:00 pm





The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session September 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Commission Room of the Bowman County Courthouse.  Members present were Lynn Brackel, Jerry Jeffers, Dallas Whittet, Mike Sondeland, Myron Vail and Dean Pearson and Jodi Freier Co-Zoning Directors.  Absent: Ryan Shear, Robb Pierce, and Doyle Kruger.   Guests present:  Rod Schaaf.  

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

Sondeland made a motion to approve the minutes from May 29, 2018, with Whittet seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.   

The first order of business was the Conditional Use application, submitted by Bowman Wind, LLC, requesting to change the zoning from agricultural to commercial to place a temporary meteorological tower in the NE1/4 of Section 8, Township 131 North Range 103 West; Parcel No. 19000002813000.    Sondeland made a motion to approve the permit for a maximum time-frame of five years. Bowman Wind, LLC may apply to extend the date of the permit if they go beyond the initial five-year period.  Vail seconded the motion, and upon a voice vote, the motion was carried unanimously.   Rod Schaaf, Bowman County Airport Authority board member, requested copies of the application for the maximum height alleviation.

Old Business: 

None stated.

New Business: 

Discussion was held on demolition of old structures in the county.   Currently there is nothing in the county ordinances.

It was discovered in the Bowman County Zoning Ordinance Article III, 3.8 (3) the minimum setback for tree plantings, from all section lines and the center of county roads, shall be one hundred twenty-five (125) feet; Article VII 7.18 reads as such:  the planting of trees of an appropriate species and at approximate locations may be required by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Trees must be placed at a minimum setback of one hundred fifty (150) feet from county road centerlines.  Brackel made a motion to change Article III, 3.8 (3) to one hundred fifty (150) feet from county road centerlines, to be consistent, with Whittet seconding the motion, and upon a voice vote, the motion was carried unanimously.   

Discussion followed on the recent resignation of board member John Soreide, effective immediately.  The position will be advertised in the Bowman County Pioneer in December 2018 for community members to express an interest.   The term would be from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.

Discussion was held on correcting non-compliant zoning procedures.  Co-zoning directors were asked to bring information forward for future discussion. 

There being no further business to discuss, Whittet made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:36 PM, with Vail seconding the motion. 

Respectfully submitted,

Sandra 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        
Doyle Kruger Member
Ryan Shear Member
Myron Vail Member
Michael Sondeland Member
Jarid Janikowski Member
Robb Pierce Member
Rod Schaff Member
Lynn Brackel Member
Jodi Freier Co-Director
Dean Pearson Co-Director