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Commissioners Prefer Boom Town's RV Park

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May 14, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Several proposed developments were sent back to the drawing board when Williams County Commissioners in northwest North Dakota met last week, the Williston Herald reported.

Mel Falcon asked commissioners to rezone land to residential for a mobile home park near Trenton, explaining that commissioners approved his request for a combination RV park and mobile home park in 2011.

After getting county approval two years ago, Falcon was in the process of asking for the state’s approval for an RV park, when he said the state recommended his park be mobile home only. Falcon said he plans to have 102 mobile homes in the first phase of the park. He said he has hired an engineering firm to help design the park.

“We don’t know if we can build a mobile home park without the zoning being changed to residential,” said Falcon. “I understand for a mobile home park, we need a state license, and we’ve applied for that.”

When the county Planning and Zoning Commission considered the issue, it recommended the request be denied.

“I think the concern on the part of planning and zoning is when this was originally approved, the discussion was about an RV park,” commission Chairman Dan Kalil said. “But I don’t think planning and zoning was comfortable with a mobile home park on top of Trenton Hill. For residential, it’s spot zoning. We’re all in favor of an RV park.”

Falcon said his original plan called for 25 RVs and 75 mobile homes, but due to technical difficulties, the meeting where the request was approved was not recorded. The minutes of the meeting do not include a discussion about mobile homes.

“There’s mobile home parks in the city there,” Commissioner Barry Ramberg said. “What kind of zoning do they have? They’re not zoned commercial.”

New Planning and Zoning Director Raymond Pacheco asked commissioners to table their decision so he could research the issue and bring information back to commissioners.

Commissioners agreed with the request and tabled the decision.

“Thank you for your honesty,” Commissioner David Montgomery said. “If it had been anyone else, they probably would have just built it. I appreciate your honesty.”

 

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