A developer who sought more time to refine his project to satisfy neighbors instead had the development rejected by the Minot City Council Monday.
Northridge Villas Addition was to consist of 10 single-family residences and 46 split-home units, located west of 27th Street Northwest, near the U.S. Highway 83 bypass. Dogged by neighborhood opposition, the developer, Sean Reid of Williston, and project investors have considered various proposals for housing at that location. The latest proposal was for a Planned Unit Development, a new zoning category under city ordinance. A PUD requires a greater level of planning commission scrutiny and requires the developer to provide some amenity to offset impacts of development. The plan was to create a greenway from a natural coulee area.
The planning commission recommended denial after neighbors objected to the increased traffic on 27th Street and the type of housing to be created.
A number of neighbors attended the city council meeting and were prepared to speak, but the opportunity never came. Council member Blake Krabseth moved to send the request back to planning commission because the developer wanted to visit with the park district and develop a greenway proposal that would help win over the neighbors. The council voted 7 to 6 against the motion and followed up with a 13 to 0 vote to reject the application without discussion.
To propose another project, the developer would need to start the zoning process over with a new application, which cannot be filed for six months, city attorney John Van Grinsven said.
The council made quick work of its other business before going into a executive session to discuss an ongoing eminent domain case involving property near the 55th Street overpass project. The case, opened in 2011, involves Ward County and the City of Minot versus Gregory Baumgarten. The property has been built upon, but the lawsuit continues over compensation to the property owner.