Planning & Zoning

Bowman County Planning and Zoning

The position of Bowman County Planning and Zoning Director is an appointed position.

 

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.

 

All Agenda items must be submitted to the Bowman County Planning & Zoning Office for regularly scheduled meetings.  All items are due the week of the meeting by Tuesday at 4:30pm for the Thursday meeting at 6:00pm.  No other items will be discussed unless approved by the Bowman County Planning & Zoning Board.

County Planning & Zoning Minutes

May 9, 2024

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session on May 9, 2024. Members present: Chris Fischer, Jerid Janikowski, Jerry Jeffers, Doyle Kruger, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, and Rodney Schaaf.  Members absent: Dalton Williams. Also present: Zoning Director, Jodi Freier, Karen Budd-Falen, Collin Dunn, Sean Stocker, Scott Jansen, Randy Hlebechuk, Judy Jung, Codie West, Nicole Njos, Ian Njos, Owen Njos, Cory Blaser, Wayne Buchholz, Jeff Oakland, Kim Oakland, Marsha Lehman, Eric Bowman, Kristi Blaser, Chad Njos, Mathew Fischer, Britt Miller, Luke Rodakowski, Robyn Amundson, and Mark Amundson.

Chairman Fischer called the meeting to order at 6:01 pm. Fischer asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.  Janikowski moved to approve the agenda. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.
Jeffers moved to approve the April 11, 2024 minutes. Schaaf seconded the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Old Business:

Zoning Administrator Updates, Jodi Freier – Freier is still in the process of updating Zoning Ordinance Book. APEX informed Freier that they are in the process of removing their MET towers. Freier invited the board to attend a planning and zoning workshop hosted by Vision West on July 19, 2024 in Dickinson. Freier informed the board that NextEra Energy has contacted her regarding their plans for a wind farm in Bowman County.

Alternative Energy Construction Permit – Vail moved to submit a written motion, Freier was asked to read the motion.  The motion is as follows, I move to reject Bowman Wind/Apex Alternative Energy Construction Permit application filed with Bowman County Planning and Zoning on May 11, 2023.  According to the Bowman County Wind Ordinance, the AECP was to include, among other things, a final blueprint of the project – prepared to scale.  The final blueprint was to contain all county roads, inhabited structures and other features so that Bowman County Planning and Zoning could determine if Bowman Wind/Apex was complying with the County’s setback and other requirements in the wind ordinance.

However, since that May 11, 2023, submission, Bowman County Planning and Zoning has not been able to get a straight answer from Bowman Wind/Apex so that Bowman County Planning and Zoning can complete its due diligence in reviewing the AECP.   For example, numerous maps have been produced, which do not match each other, do not match the final blueprint submitted with the AECP nor which have been officially substituted for the map in the AECP.  Because Bowman County has to answer to its citizens regarding all public documents and decisions, Bowman County Planning and Zoning cannot just accept the “map of the day” and be able to answer to the citizens of the county.

Additionally, although Bowman Planning and Zoning has continued to ask questions of Bowman Wind/Apex regarding the data it used to generate its final maps, such answers have not been clear or forthcoming.  When Bowman Planning and Zoning asked what data Bowman Wind/Apex used to map the “county roads,” we were first told that the information came from Road_County_Planimetrics.   When asked at another Planning and Zoning meeting, Bowman Wind/Apex said they did not use county data, but still could not explain where their data came from.

With regard to the location and confirmation of inhabited structures, Bowman Wind/Apex said it used a third party to make that determination.  However, when asked for the methodology of how Bowman Wind/Apex or the 3rd party contractor determined which structures were inhabited, Bowman Wind/Apex was unable or unwilling to explain how the determination was made.

On April 24, 2024, Bowman Wind, through its attorney, sent a letter explaining what information was used to determine inhabited structures and where it got its information regarding county roads.  I regard this information incomplete because it is still not clear which map is the correct map to be considered.  Thus, this letter still does not answer whether the map originally submitted on May 11, 2023 is the correct site map, or if it is one of the many other maps that have been produced at the various County zoning board meetings.

This process should have been significantly easier and more straight forward had Bowman Wind simply provided the correct map and responded to the data questions when asked rather than forcing Bowman County or their contractor to send letters on March 1 and April 1 respectively to try to confirm the source of Bowman Wind’s data.  Rather than just answering the questions, Bowman Wind produced some information on April 3, a .zip file on April 4.  Bowman Wind also contacted the county to get its road data, even though Bowman Wind claimed to have gotten the road data from the county earlier.  Because of these reasons, I move to reject the Bowman Wind/Apex Alternative Energy Construction Permit application filed with Bowman County Planning and Zoning on May 11, 2023.

Schaaf seconded the motion. Fischer opened the floor for discussion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Fischer who abstained from voting. Motion carried.

 

New Business:

Scott Jansen, Bowman Wind, LLC- No comments made.

Material Adverse Impact Statement – Fischer read the statement that was presented from Budd Falen Law Office. The board is in favor of adding a material adverse impact statement but would like to make some changes from what was presented. Budd-Falen will provide more examples. Jeffers moved to develop a material adverse impact statement for completion within two months. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

With no further business to discuss, Vail moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:02 pm, with Schaaf seconding the motion.

 

Respectively submitted,

Mindy Schumacher, Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary

Bowman County Planning and Zoning Meeting


June 13, 2024  – 6:00pm

AGENDA

 

Call to Order

 

Approval of the Agenda and/or additions

 

 Approval for minutes of the last meetings

May 9, 2024

 

Old Business

Zoning Administrator Updates- Jodi Freier

Zoning Ordinance

Material Adverse Impact Statement

Other?

 

New Business

Scott Jansen, Bowman Wind, LLC

Local Newspaper

Gravel Pits-Variance Discussion

Other?

 

Adjournment

 

 

All Agenda items must be submitted to the Bowman County Planning & Zoning Office for regularly scheduled meetings.  All items are due the week of the meeting by Tuesday at 4:30pm for the Thursday meeting at 6:00pm.  No other items will be discussed unless approved by the Bowman County Planning & Zoning Board.

County Planning and Zoning Meetings

 

The Bowman County Planning and Zoning board meet the 2nd Thursday of the months of February, April, June, August, October and December at 6pm in the County Commission Room of the Bowman County Courthouse. See the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

 

All Agenda items must be submitted to the Bowman County Planning & Zoning Office for regularly scheduled meetings.  All items are due the week of the meeting by Tuesday at 4:30pm for the Thursday meeting at 6:00pm.  No other items will be discussed unless approved by the Bowman County Planning & Zoning Board.

County Planning and Zoning Board

 

Chris FischerPresident
Rodd SchaffVice President
Ryan ShearMember
Myron VailMember
Jerid JanikowskiMember
Jerry JeffersMember
Doyle KrugerMember
OPENMember
OPENMember
Jodi FreierDirector

Contact

CONTACT

EMAIL: tax.zoning@bowmancountynd.gov

PHONE: (701) 523-3129

Bowman County Planning & Zoning
104 1st St NW, Suite 4
Bowman ND 58623

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Thursday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
12:30pm – 4:30pm MT

Friday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)