Weather Forecast


Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission to change outbuilding rules

If someone wants to park a sticker bus in Dickinson or put up a seasonal garden shop they may want to check the zoning code before getting too deep into their plans, as rules and regulations are being reviewed.

Dickinson City Planner Ed Courton proposed amendments to the zoning code during a Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday morning at City Hall.

"We are reviewing the code because it is somewhat outdated in light of the new growth," Commissioner Jay Elkin said. "The new city planner has been going over the codes and thought it would be appropriate to update it."

If the City Commission approves, they will take effect immediately and will only apply to new cases, Courton said.

The amendment that received the most attention was one that regulates barns, detached garages and storage sheds.

Under this amendment the buildings will be limited to a maximum of 1,200 feet, Courton said.

The total area of all the buildings cannot exceed 30 percent of a property, according to meeting documents.

There will also be regulations on the materials buildings larger than 250 square feet can be constructed with and the height of all structures, according to documents.

The amendment also limits each residence to three accessory


Commission Chairman Earl Abrahamson wanted to limit residences to two buildings but Courton said two structures may not be adequate.

Others agreed and the Commission kept the limit at three.

This amendment also states attached garages may not exceed the total square footage and height of the residence.

Another amendment establishes rules for obtaining a special use


Commissioner Gene Jackson said creating rules for special uses will help commissioners and city officials monitor them better.

These rules comprise of completing an application, giving a full description of the location and plans of operation, certifying any tents used are flame resistant and submitting a copy of a temporary food establishment permit issued by the State Health Department if food is sold or processed there, according to meeting documents.

Once a permit is received, temporary uses will only be allowed one sign that is eight square feet or smaller, Courton said, adding they must display merchandise in a way that does not create a nuisance, make sure the event will not cause vehicle congestion and must clean up when the permit expires.

Courton said he has been in contact with existing temporary uses who have indicated they plan to be proactive in working on conforming to the new rules.

City commissioners will review the amendments at an upcoming Commission meeting. No date has been set.

In other business

Ron Hartl stepped down as a commissioner. No reason was given. The Commission will discuss options for replacement at a later date.

Commissioner Jay Elkin said Hartl is a good individual and thought things out well.

"He did a great job as a commissioner," Elkin said.

Calls to Hartl were not returned.