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More growth in store for Dickinson? Planning and Zoning approves 4 projects, including housing for housekeepers

Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission members approved four projects, including an apartment for hotel housekeepers, at a meeting Wednesday at City Hall.

If approved by City commission members at their next meeting, the apartments will be near Quality Inn and Suites.

Quentin Kitzan, representing the developer, said the apartments would be for housekeepers and their families, but if there were vacancies the developer might rent to others.

"If housing opens up in other areas or the apartments don't get filled they may rent them to other parties, I don't know," Kitzan said. "I'm just saying don't base your decision solely on that these will be used for hotel staff only."

Two other projects brought before the commission were met with strong opposition.

The first was a proposal from Mike Njos of Highlands Engineering and Surveying and Tim Gross of Wyoming Casing Services Inc. to construct several buildings near First Avenue West.

Henry Brown, a would-be neighbor, said he did not like the idea of having a 24-hour oil operation next to his house.

"It will destroy what I have worked so hard for," Brown said.

He added the noise, lights and traffic in the area would be worse than if he lived by the interstate.

"I don't see why they can move in on residential," Brown said. "It's not a good deal for us in any way. I just don't think it's right."

Njos and Gross said they will do their best to work with Brown adding the lighting is projecting down and to the south, they keep the area clean and yes the operation runs 24/7 but the business settles down at night.

The project passed but they must add buffers (trees), establish lot boundaries and split the parcel into two lots -- in the hope that Brown, Njos and Gross can work together to find a solution to their differences.

The commissioners said they would like see Njos and Gross give Brown an opportunity to buy the created lot.

The second was a rezoning request near Fourth Avenue East.

Two residents living near the Lyons Subdivision voiced strong opposition to a zoning request that would change a portion of the subdivision from single-family to multi-family homes. Sandra Kuntz and Shannon Selle listed drainage issues and changes to property values, taxes and lifestyle as reasons.

Selle added her family bought property in what was supposed to be a single-family home area and was concerned that the higher population density would mean more crime.

Commissioner Gene Jackson said he understood the concerns about the "flavor" of the neighborhood but added the developers plan is not unreasonable.

Dustin Kolling also presented an idea to the commission. He wishes to build eight ranch-style townhomes along First Street West.

He asked for a special-use permit to build these townhomes in an area zoned for light commercial, adding other nearby property is multi-family.

The townhomes will be connected and have attached garages.