- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot’s principal planner has resigned after less than a month on the job, criticizing the city for what she calls an inequitable administration of city zoning codes and calling it a “dysfunctional, nightmare situation.”

Carter Thompson is departing after starting work earlier in March, The Minot Daily News (http://bit.ly/25q7kGS ) reported. She turned in her resignation on Wednesday. Thompson said the city is making exceptions for some people, but not for others.

Repeated situations such as the city’s approval of a sign permit for Roosevelt Park Zoo over her objection and allowing a Little Caesar’s pizza shop to operate even though it didn’t fulfill the parking requirement for an eatery prompted her resignation, Thompson said.

“I couldn’t enforce the code based on who you are and who you know. It’s unethical,” Thompson said. “Certainly, it’s the most dysfunctional, nightmare situation that I have ever been privy to. I wish the city of Minot good luck because you guys are going to need it.”

She said inequity in code enforcement puts average citizens and homeowners at a disadvantage because they don’t have clout.

City Engineer Lance Meyer said the department adheres to the city zoning ordinance. He said the zoo got a sign permit, but the issue is under review. The department is also debating parking requirements for the pizza place because it is not a sit-down restaurant.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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