Board Denies Request to Develop RV Park
An attempt to provide temporary housing for shale oil workers in northwest North Dakota has been turned back by the local zoning board.
The Williams County Planning and Zoning Board voted 8-0 on Nov. 10 to recommend denial of a request to develop a 60-site RV park on property near Ray, N.D.
The proposed site is located in the northwest corner of the state off of U.S. Highway 2 along Williams County Road 17, about 1 1/2 miles outside of Ray, the Williston Herald reported.
Jon Lankford with Gillette, Wyo.-based Epic Executive Solutions and Consulting was on hand to outline the project on behalf of property owner Donald Hickel. Lankford said several 1,500-gallon holding tanks would be on-site for wastewater.
He added that R&T Water Supply Association has a water line near the site, so access to water shouldn’t be a problem.
“It’s not going to be anything larger than what we’re asking,” Lankford added.
A letter from the Ray Volunteer Fire Department and Ray Crash Rescue was read to the commission. The letter expressed concern with a heavily-increased workload to an all-volunteer staff.
Part of the letter reads:
“The Williams County Planning and Zoning Board and County Commissioners have not taken into consideration the impact to emergency volunteers that man camps, RV parks and unapproved temporary housing have to our 100% volunteer departments.
We hope that the Planning and Zoning and County Commissions would take this into consideration before approving any additional man camps, RV parks, trailer parks and temporary housing units in our county.”
After further discussion, the commission voted to recommend denial of the zone change.