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Zoning change for Menards put on fast track

The Jamestown City Council will consider a zoning change needed for the proposed Menards at its April meeting.

The city’s Building, Planning and Zoning Committee approved 4-1 Tuesday to put it on the council’s agenda with Dan Buchanan dissenting.

The Jamestown Planning Commission will review the zoning change during a March 31 special meeting. Its recommendation will then go directly to the City Council rather than to the Building, Planning and Zoning Committee. The Building, Planning and Zoning Committee is made up of the City Council members.

“The established procedure is the Planning Commission looks at these things and they communicate to this committee and then this committee looks at it and sends it to the City Council,” Buchanan said.

Mayor Katie Andersen said the move would not shortchange public input.

“It’s not undoing anything in ordinance,” she said. “All the windows for advertisement will be met. All the letters to neighboring property will be met. The only thing is this allows us to look at this on our April meeting rather than our May council meeting.”

Andersen said this would allow the two readings of the zoning change required by city ordinance to occur in April and May.

Other requirements of the city prior to Menards taking possession of the property include establishing the tax increment finance district and approving plans for roads and other infrastructure.

“They (Menards) would like to close in May or June to facilitate construction as soon as possible for them,” she said.

In other business, the Finance and Legal Committee approved moving a beekeeping ordinance to the April agenda. The ordinance would require urban beekeepers in Jamestown to secure consent from 70 percent of people living within 300 feet of the planned hive location before being issued a city permit.

The committee also approved issuing a permit to Great River Energy, allowing it to deposit sand/coal/ash mixed waste at the Jamestown Sanitary Waste Landfill according to North Dakota Health Department regulations. GRE may dispose of up to 5,000 tons of waste during GRE’s startup process although lower amounts are anticipated.

The Building, Planning and Zoning Committee also approved sending an ordinance regarding crew camps to the City Council in the April meeting. The ordinance would limit crew camps to areas zoned for manufacturing.

No applications have been made to build a crew camp in Jamestown or Stutsman County.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at