- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The city of Minot will look for a consultant that will work with its planning office.

The Minot City Council decided Monday that the search can start, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1MiPwHE ) reported. The city will look for a firm that can give help and guidance regarding planning issues amid the city’s efforts to fill department positions, with planning director and planning technician positions vacant.

Carter Thompson, who resigned as principal planner in March after less than a month on the job, has alleged that the city isn’t abiding by its code regarding zoning applications. Thompson has stood by her earlier statements. Differences between Thompson and the city have focused on applications for a zoo sign and a takeout restaurant’s parking.

The zoo is under public use zoning, and there aren’t sign regulations for areas zoned as public under city ordinance. Thompson says commercial zoning was being used in public zones by the city, and that the zoo’s sign doesn’t meet requirements if commercial sign regulations are used for public zones.

City Manager Lee Staab has said that the zoo is only under public zoning regulations, and that commercial zone sign regulations don’t apply to public zoning. Signs in public zones have no restrictions.

With the restaurant, Thompson says it would take a disproportionate share of parking at a shopping center in order to meet minimum parking spaces needed.

Staab said the application hasn’t been given a final decision by the Minot Planning Commission and City Council, with him also referencing an ordinance section allowing for a written agreement for shared parking among entities operating at different hours.


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

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