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Ordinance update

Interest groups want changes to ‘intrusive’ zoning code

February 24, 2013

The consensus in Minot is that the city’s zoning code needs updating. Interest groups have a ways to go, though, to reach agreement on what a new zoning code should look like....

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EarlyBird

Feb-26-13 8:03 AM

Sundevil, sorry I assumed that you have seen a rodeo at some point in your life. It's not worth the time to explain, there are plenty that know what I mean.

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Sundevil

Feb-26-13 12:30 AM

Earlybird, I have no idea what your metaphor is intended to mean. haha.

Development up to now has been extremely hodge-podge and I think everyone can agree that the mix of land uses as well as the "feel free to plop anything anywhere" mentality has to be curbed without negatively impacting landowner's rights. I have a master's in urban and environmental planning and hope that at least some of the zoning updates get passed. The free market is great, but without adequate control those who take advantage of it can really wreak havoc. With the development Minot is seeing, those issues the new zoning is trying to fix could affect the city for decades, if not centuries.

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EarlyBird

Feb-25-13 1:33 PM

73hockey.. another great point and laugh!! thank you!

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EarlyBird

Feb-25-13 1:30 PM

Sundevil, the rodeo started a few years ago around here. The only way to score a perfect ride on a saddle bronc is to open the shute gate and when all heck breaks loose you gain control and finish on top. The opportunities that arise from disaster or a rapid growing economy are the saddle broncs and they have to be turned out and rode before anybody can score big. Some rides look easy and some are upside down, the one and only thing that makes the riders celebrate the buzzer and the end of the ride is hanging on and never letting go.

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73Hockey

Feb-25-13 1:28 PM

I find it hard to believe that the same people that gave us Minot, south of the 2&52 by-pass are trying to tell me how to build. I mean look at south Minot, Menards faces east, Denny's faces south, Staples faces north, etc. and this is all in a couple block area. Now they want to tell ME which direction MY house should face? Minot wouldn't look so bad if Minot wouldn't let anybody build anything anywhere they want with a quick change of zoning plans. Why is there an apartment building beside Jerome's Auto body, why are we SURROUNDED by industrial? I could go on but...

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Sundevil

Feb-25-13 12:22 PM

So by the looks of most of the comments regarding the zoning changes, Minot residents are perfectly happy with the corrugated steel buildings going up everywhere facing every direction. Your also happy with acres of pavement with no landscaping or breaks in it, as well as rows and rows of houses where the only difference is the unit number.

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EarlyBird

Feb-25-13 9:48 AM

Ivy, if the right pockets are not lined and filled with cash it will stay looking like a wasteland, the mayor needs to become a manager not a damager. From the outside it looks like most of the monies have been thrown together to draw interest and give the person who administrates the spending a percentage of a larger amount. A couple years ago when the money started coming in there were several people who were in the position to be the administrator and I blame the delays of most of the repair issues on their individual battle to control the money.

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Ivy001

Feb-25-13 9:30 AM

The alternative is Minot turns into a ghetto with leftover building supplies, unfinished remodels and washed out siding left indefinately. A few, well thought-out standards are necessary.

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disgusted

Feb-24-13 11:27 AM

I am so thankful for two things; that Minot Daily wrote the editorial last Monday, and for the builder's association speaking out at that meeting.

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WorriedAmerican

Feb-24-13 9:50 AM

I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in!

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dvalley

Feb-24-13 9:04 AM

i agree with early bird. Every dime has been blown on either "Committees" or "study groups"

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EarlyBird

Feb-24-13 8:40 AM

This is almost two years after the disaster, I'll be surprised if there is any money left to give the victims after all theses professionals get their take. I cannot believe this stuff is still being decided.

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disgusted

Feb-24-13 6:44 AM

Amen, builder's association!

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