North Dakota has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years. A booming oil business has increased our population and transformed the landscape, and not only in the west. The entire state has felt the impact and reaped the benefits.
At the same time, rapid growth brings challenges, especially for cities, counties and townships. How to address these challenges is a hot topic in North Dakota. Following are just some of the questions discussed at the North Dakota Association of County Engineers annual meeting we recently attended in Bismarck:
- Who’s responsible for providing new services, facilities and infrastructure?
- Who determines how they’re paid for?
- Are ordinances and regulations in place to preserve property values and ensure appropriate land use and environmental protections?
- Are they enforceable?
- What happens when we have to deal with incomplete infrastructure?
- How do we manage growth to ensure future stability and sustainability?
Are you prepared for growth?
While most North Dakota counties and larger cities are updating ordinances and zoning regulations as a result of the boom, the same isn’t necessarily true in smaller municipalities, counties and townships. Some areas haven’t seen a lot of growth yet, but we need to be prepared for whatever may happen. Putting rules and regulations in place is a good idea anytime. It’s especially important when we see the kind of change North Dakota is experiencing. Forward-looking planning and zoning regulations, for instance, can help you avoid some big headaches in old and new areas.
Moore Engineering can help
As long-time community partners with cities, counties, and townships, large and small, we work side-by-side with planners, engineers and city officials to help them deal with the present, address infill development and plan for future land and site development – residential, commercial and industrial. That includes performing planning and zoning reviews and administrative assistance. Working with our partners, we help develop reasonable agreements, codes and ordinances with teeth to protect your assets.
We also consider all the components in helping you envision what you want your community to be – aesthetics, safety and effective traffic flow, storm water management, continuity with existing adjacent site constraints and ADA requirements. Our aim is to guide you through growth that results in not only successful development in the present, but sustainable communities into the future.
Are you ready to grow? Do you have the right rules in place? Let’s talk.