The public comment period for the Draft 2015-2045 Morton County Comprehensive Plan has been extended to solicit additional feedback. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a second public hearing at its Nov. 16 regular meeting. 

The plan calls for future planning projects such as small area plans in the vicinity of Mandan that are likely to see growth in the next 10 years and a Morton County Parks and Trails Master Plan. Key policy changes that would be established include adoption of a growth priority area to keep growth near cities, and a limit of four residences per quarter-section in the agricultural areas outside that growth priority area.

The county has no threshold in place to evaluate the merits of residential subdivision applications in rural areas.

The proposed policy can be found on Page 59 under the Conservation element in the draft plan. In Appendix A-3, all areas in white, indicating agricultural future land use, would be affected by the proposed “four-per-quarter” policy.

The proposed plan will help guide the planning and zoning and county commissions when making land use decisions. 

The draft can be found on the Morton County website at www.co.morton.nd.us/vertical/Sites/%7B90CBB59C-38EA-4D41-861A-81C9DEBD6022%7D/uploads/DraftCompPlanOct20_2017.pdf. Feedback may be given to Planning and Zoning Director Natalie Pierce at 701-667-3361 or via email at Natalie.Pierce@mortonnd.org.

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