JAMESTOWN (AP) - Stutsman County commissioners have passed an ordinance regulating crew camps after eight months of research and public meetings.
The ordinance, which was passed on a 4-0 vote Tuesday, restricts crew camps to agricultural, commercial and industrial zones and does not permit them in any residential areas, the Jamestown Sun reported.
"There was a lot of work put into it, and a lot of public input, and I feel good about it," Commissioner Dale Marks said.
The ordinance requires that any crew camp have a 6-foot fence surrounding its perimeter, be 1,320 feet from any residence or occupied structure, have a $1 million surety bond for cleanup, show legible unit numbers and have all required health and safety permits.
Crew camps will also be charged a $300 annual administrative fee per bed in lieu of property taxes for the structure, though landowners will still pay property taxes on the land.
Zoning administrator Dustin Bakken said definitions for campgrounds, trailers and travel trailers will be added to the regular zoning ordinances to help distinguish them from crew camps.
Bakken said it has been a long process, "but I think we've got a very good document here that will cover us should a project want to locate in Stutsman County."
Townships will be able to adopt the county's crew camp ordinance or write their own crew. Townships with their own zoning will also be able to select which zoning districts will allow the camps.
Bakken said some townships may need to update their zoning rules to make them compatible with the county's ordinance.