Planning & Zoning

Bowman City Planning and Zoning


Planning and Zoning Director

Welcome to the City of Bowman Planning and Zoning web page.  This site provides access to Bowman’s Land Development Code, the Comprehensive and Transportation Plan, applications for development requests, and the agendas and minutes of the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings.  Should you need any assistance with these documents, please stop by my office or call one of the numbers under the contact information at the left of this page.


Planning and Zoning Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Planning and Zoning Administrator to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of all citizens and neighborhoods of the City of Bowman through the professional administration and equitable enforcement of the City of Bowman’s zoning code and ordinances.  Similarly, it is also the Commission and Administrator’s mission to simultaneously maintain an atmosphere for business and industry to thrive by assisting developers and businesses in achieving compliance with the laws and policies adopted by the Bowman Planning and Zoning Commission, City Commission and those of the state and federal legislatures.


March 22, 2017

At the March 21, 2017 City Commission meeting, the Commission held a public hearing on the review of the final amendments to the “Land Development Code” (or more popularly known as “Chapter 6 Zoning Ordinances”).  After due consideration of the updates brought forward to the City Commission by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the final draft was unanimously approved 5-0.  The new amendments take effect immediately.  The updates include expansion of the definitions section, expansion of the uses allowed in each zoning district, the creation of new zoning districts, the inclusion of new design standards for development, and the refinement of the roles and responsibilities of city staff when implementing the Land Development Code.


Work will soon begin on the remainder of the chapters of the city’s municipal code.  Many of these chapters are out of date and need to be brought into compliance with newly passed legislation by the state of North Dakota.  The public is invited to attend all hearings related to this task.  If you have any questions, please call Bowman City Hall at 701-523-3309.

City Planning & Zoning Minutes

November 15, 2022
6:30 pm

The City of Bowman Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes

Held on November 15, 2022, at 6:30 pm

Bowman City Hall, 101 1st Street NE, Bowman, ND


Attendees:  Ryan Shear, Mike Beylund, Shonda Schwartz, Edna Paulson, Pam Fisher, Dave Mosbrucker, and Peggy Allen.

Absent:  Bryan Clendenen and Jory Reisenauer

President Shear called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.    Allen asked to add Rick Fretheim building to the agenda.  Motion by Beylund, second by Mosbrucker to approve the agenda as revised.  AIF, MC.

Motion by Beylund, second by Mosbrucker to approve the last meeting minutes from September 27, 2022. AIF, MC.


Paulson is soliciting monetary donations to help pay for a building they are hoping to construct which is a 30’ x 60’ and the cost estimate is $177,500.00.  They need a building because she helps people all year long and they need a place to store stuff, a place for people to drop stuff off and pick it up.  They want this place to be located in more of an inconspicuous place.

They would like to tin the whole exterior of the building.  Residential zoned areas do not allow for this so if she purchases the residential lot that she was looking at, she will have to have it rezoned C-1.

Shear will visit with the City Commission about the City owned land that they offered to a daycare that was looking to expand.


Grain Bin Gazebos:  These are now the fad; people are putting old grain bins that are modified to look like a gazebo in their yards.  We currently have no regulations on them, Allen asked what the Commission’s opinion is of these types of structures.  Allen spoke with the tax director, and she stated that these would be taxed items since they are substantial and fixed to the ground.  The Commission asked Allen to put the question on list serve to see what other towns are doing, what is allowed and not allowed and a copy of their ordinance to bring to another meeting.

Rick Fretheim Permit:  Fretheim is wanting to put up a shop structure for his camper to go in.  He will have to apply for a variance due to the size, height, and he wants tin siding in a residential neighborhood.  He doesn’t want to go through the variance procedure if the Commission is going to not allow it.  There was discussion and the Commission said to inform him to apply for the variance.

There are people in residential areas that are tinning their buildings, houses, etc. and there is nothing in our code that makes them have to come to get a permit to reside, therefore, they don’t know that they are not supposed to put tin on in residential areas.  The Commission asked for Allen to put the question out on list serve asking other towns what they do for renovation requirements.

Meeting Hours:  Discussion was held and it was decided that winter hours for meetings will be to start at 5:30 and spring/summer hours the meetings will start at 6:30 pm.

Motion by Beylund, second by Fisher to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 pm.   AIF, MC.




FOR DECEMBER 20, 2022, AT 5:30 PM


Time certain at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at the

City Hall Building located at 101 First Street Northeast

Call to Order:

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Minutes Approval (11/15/22)

New Business:

3.  Public Hearing for a variance for Rick Fretheim

  • a)  Detached garage to be 2,000 SF
  • b)   Use colored tin siding
  • c)   Sidewall height to be 16’ high

Old Business:  

  1. Grain Bin Gazebos
  2. Renovation Requirements



Planning and Zoning Board Meetings

The Bowman Planning and Zoning board meets on an as needed basis for public hearings and general discussion on projects. If you would like to go before the board, please contact the City Hall office at 701-523-3309 and a meeting can be scheduled.

 Zoning Board


Ryan Shear – President

PO Box 83                                         Phone:  458-0101 W         440-0222 Cell

Bowman ND 58623                       Email:

Dave Mosbrucker – Vice President

17 7th Ave NW                                 Phone:  523-6988 Cell

Bowman ND 58623                       Email:

Jory Reisenauer

PO Box 162                                      Phone:  206-1008 Cell

Bowman ND 58623                       Email:

Pam Fischer

PO Box 1194                                    Phone:  523-3836 H          206-0053 Cell

Bowman ND 58623                       Email:


Bryan Clendenen – Secretary

PO Box 305                                      Phone:  523-3953 W   523-6775 Cell

Bowman ND 58623                       Email:



Zoning Office (701) 523-3309
FAX: (701) 523-5716

101 1st ST NE
PO Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623



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