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Planning & Zoning

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PHONE: (701) 523-5421

104 1st St NW, Suite 9
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

March 01, 2016
7:00 pm

                The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session March 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Dakota Room of the Bowman County Courthouse.  Members present were Mike Sondeland, Ken Steiner, John Soreide, Jerry Jeffers, Chuck Whitney, Grace Woods, Lynn Brackel and Rory Teigen Administrator.  Visitors present were Jerid Janikowsi, Myles Richard, Carol and Jim Miller and Tom Lambourn.   

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

                 Soreide made a motion to approve the minutes from December 22, 2015, with Whitney seconding the motion.  Motion carried.

                Old Business:  Whitney inquired on the soil testing results from the old airport.  Soreide stated that the final test results from the state were okay.

                The first order of new business was the Conditional Use application, submitted by Sam Fisher, for a non-agricultural dwelling to be placed in an agricultural zoned area.  The description for this property is NE ¼ NW ¼ of Section 17, Township 131N, Range 106W.   Steiner made a motion to approve, with Sondeland seconding the motion.  Motion carried.

                The second order of business was the first reading of two of the new Flood Plain Chapter and corresponding Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Bowman County Zoning Ordinance.  This ordinance is also known as the State Model D Ordinance.  Steiner made a motion to rescind the current section 5.7, Flood Plain District, and approve the State Model D Ordinance.  Whitney seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried.   

                Whitney made a motion to approve the FEMA Insurance Rate Maps, with Woods seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried.

                Teigen informed the board that a landowner, located at 8405 146th Ave SW, Bowman, ND, had established a business called “Northern Military Sales” and was advertising sales for equipment at the above stated location.  Teigen contacted the owner and explained that he was not allowed to sell the equipment, as the property is zoned as an agricultural district.   The owner stated that he would cease doing business at the location.  The board agreed that if the landowner ceased to do business at the site, nothing further would be required. 

                Discussion followed on the potential location of a wind farm south and east of the Rhame Road.  The guests present reviewed and inquired and on the current wind farm zoning ordinance that the county has in place. 

                There being no further business to discuss, Soreide made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 PM, with Steiner 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
Chuck Whitney Member
Kenneth Steiner Member
Michael Sondeland Member
John Soreide Member
Robb Pierce Member
Dallas Whittet Member
Lynn Brackel Member
Rory Teigen Director