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Infill redevelopment plan tabled until March

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Daniel Nairn

Daniel Nairn, a planner for the city of Bismarck, presents the infill and redevelopment plan at Tuesday's Bismarck City Commission meeting.

Discussion about a citywide infill and redevelopment plan proposed by city planners was tabled 30 more days to allow citizens to study it further. Bismarck city commissioners will consider action in March instead.

The plan aims to provide other options for density development through complete neighborhoods, integration of civic and open space into developments, provisions of mixed-use development and architectural and historical character, building at the scale of a pedestrian, fostering a network of connected streets and paths, mitigation of impact of parking on public spaces and design to allow for the adaptation of future conditions.

Commissioners also tabled  a decision about two stormwater flooding relief options for the south Bismarck watershed. City commissioners urged citizens to study these plans online.

A $4.3 million bypass plan would divert water from the south drainage ditch at Fifth Street and Bowen Avenue, using a route through Kirwanis Park to the Missouri River, because it would optimize existing pipeline and cause minimum public disruption.

City Engineer Gabe Schell said average residential assessment on the project would be $248 per lot and 6 cents per square foot for commercial properties.

A $19.3 million south Bismarck Bypass plan that would improve multiple streets in the south side watershed, redirect water west during larger rain storms and divert 56 percent of the drainage ditch watershed at the Denver Avenue outfall. The plan, however, will take three construction seasons to complete.

Average special assessment on residential properties would be $1,115 per lot and 25 cents per square foot on commercial properties, Schell said.

The web page will have an area that allows the public to submit comments and questions on both items.

Visit www.bismarcknd.gov for more information.

(Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com)

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