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Planning & Zoning

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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

October 08, 2020
6:00 pm

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session on October 8, 2020.

Members present:  Lynn Brackel, Jerid Janikowski, Doyle Kruger, Michael Sondeland, Rod Schaff and Ryan Shear.  Members absent:  Jerry Jeffers and Myron Vail.   Also present Co-Zoning Directors, Dean Pearson and Jodi Freier.  No guests were present.

Chairman Janikowski called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.


Schaff made a motion to approve an addition to the agenda to consider approval of the City of Rhame Plat Mat, which was delivered by the city auditor Darcy Goni for review.   Shear seconded the motion.  Brackel made a motion to approve the revised agenda, with Sondeland seconding the motion. 


Sondeland made a motion to approve the minutes from September 10, 2020, with Schaff seconding the motion.  


Old Business: 

Schaff made a motion to approve adding Section 6.17 Ordinance Regulating the Application for, and the Operation and Maintenance of, Solar Energy Systems (SES) to the Bowman County Planning and Zoning Ordinance, and forward to the Bowman County commissioners for final approval.  A public hearing will be held and advertised, as per North Dakota Century Code 11-33-08 and 11-33-09, prior to the final adoption.  Kruger seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

The City of Scranton has not submitted the requested information on the North Butte Addition variance limits, as previously discussed at the last planning and zoning meeting.  Freier will contact Kari Ruggles, City of Scranton Auditor as a reminder to submit the information.  


Bowman County State’s Attorney Andrew Weiss stated that it is not necessary to provide a public hearing for proposed changes to the permit/application forms, providing that the proposed revised language exists in the ordinance. 


The City of Bowman has secured the services of Brosz Engineering to update the Extra Territorial Zone map.  Once the map has been completed a map will be forwarded to the county. 


New Business:

Sondeland made a motion to approve the City of Rhame Plat Map, as presented.  Kruger seconded the motion, and upon a voice vote, motion carried.  

Schaff inquired if a representative from MDU contacted the co-zoning directors to inquire on the procedure required to submit a Utility Permit.  The directors provided the information as requested. 

With no further business to discuss Brackel made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:48 pm, with Sondeland seconding the motion.

Respectively submitted, Sandra K. Tivis, Secretary

Discussion was held on updating the Bowman County Planning and Zoning Ordinance/ Comprehensive Plan and updating zoning applications and permits with no motions made.   

County Planning and Zoning Meetings

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning board will meet 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