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Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

A future land use plan designed to help Jamestown envision and guide future zoning decisions and city growth will be passed on to the Jamestown City Council for approval, the Jamestown Planning Commission decided Monday.

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"The main purpose of preparing this growth management plan was to prepare an up-to-date land use plan that could serve as a guide for the city's future land use decisions," said Cindy Gray, senior associate planner with SRF Consulting Group, which prepared the document.

The North Dakota Century Code requires zoning decisions to be consistent with an adopted plan, Gray said, noting that the Jamestown Growth Management Plan would be just such a plan.

It includes information about the physical features of Jamestown and its surroundings, as well as descriptions of different types of land uses shown and statements of future intended land use.

Gray said the process for creating the document was likely as important as the finished product, because that process builds consensus with meetings, data collection and discussions with stakeholders.

A few landowners spoke at the Planning Commission meeting, concerned by maps that showed future zoning changes to properties in their areas.

Gray said the processes for amending the Growth Management Plan and that for making zoning changes could be done at the same time, and that the Growth Management Plan is still flexible.

"It doesn't change zoning in the city of Jamestown (to something other) than what currently exists," said Harley Trefz, member of the Jamestown Planning Commission.

Property owners would still be the ones making decisions about what would go on their properties.

"All this is going to be is a guide," said Dave Hillerud, chairman of the commission. "We're just trying to set up a plan that everybody can buy into. As everybody said, that's going to be shaped and molded as we go along. ..."

The document was approved to go to the City Council, but with one change. Rather than having an industrial area along the north side of Interstate 94 and the west side of the U.S. 52 Bypass -- currently a residential area -- the Planning Commission changed the area to commercial.

"To have a heavy industrial installation in that corner (along the Interstate), to me, would be a detriment to what we've started," Trefz said.

In other news Monday, the Planning Commission:

* agreed to amend a section of the city code regarding multiple-dwelling residences. The amendment will allow buildings larger than six units to be in R-3, or general multiple-dwelling residence zones. Building size would still be limited by standards elsewhere in city code.

* agreed to replat a subdivision east of Pipestem Creek called Walicski's Third Extension to make lot sizes larger and comply with septic system requirements.

* approved the final plat for the Anne Carlsen Center addition. There are currently no plans for developing the lot, which is adjacent to Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at klucin@jamestownsun.com

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