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Dickinson denies mobile home park request

The crowd of about 20 residents cheered on the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission as it unanimously denied requests for a 395-lot mobile home park Wednesday at City Hall.

Centennial Development of Dickinson submitted requests to build the mobile home park on roughly 93 acres less than a half mile south of Dickinson and west of Highway 22.

Centennial representative Shawn Rowles was not present when the project was discussed. He declined comment after the meeting.

City Planner Ed Courton recommended that the commission attach 20 conditions to the proposal in hopes that the developer would maintain and operate the park properly. Even with the conditions, city staff did not like the plan.

"We are talking about a mobile home park in which most of the operations and enforcement and maintenance is done by a private party," he said. "That is a difficult thing to condition because the city will have to enforce and issue a lot of different measures that, quite frankly, we don't want to enforce."

Residents near the proposed site raised multiple concerns involving chemicals from the neighboring Southwest Grain, traffic and density of occupants.

"What assurance does the city have and do us as neighbors have that this is going to be a well-run operation?" Dickinson resident Tim Priebe asked. "It begs the question that if you need to put that many restrictions on it to make us feel comfortable that this might be the proper location, I think it is pretty clear that the answer is it is not the right location."

Priebe appreciated that Rowles has worked and met with the citizens in the area, but the residents and commissioners did not believe the location was "a good fit."

"I think this is a wonderful layout, wonderful drawings, but you have to live here," Commission Chairman Earl Abrahamson said. "You have to take care of it. You have to have interest in it personally, not just financially, to make it work."

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A Dickinson man who violated permit conditions wants to add to his storage units, and the commission said no.

The special use permit required Ervin Lantz to pave around his storage unit on the southeast corner of Eighth Street Southeast and 110th Avenue Southwest, Commissioner Gene Jackson said. Lantz said he did not remember the condition and gravel had been put down instead.

Courton said Lantz was in violation of the permit and that he would direct the building department to pursue action against him.

Lantz insisted that there is a need for more storage in the city. While commission members didn't have a problem with an addition, applicants need to follow through on promises, Abrahamson said.

"We are at the point where things cannot lapse," he said.

The commission unanimously denied Lantz's request. Courton said the applicant must pave and landscape the area and inform the city when he is finished.