FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is the City doing this plan?
The City of Dickinson continues to grow at an accelerated rate. This growth and recent developments west of the city, including the Dakota Prairie Refinery, the Bakken Oil Express, the Dickinson I-94 Exit 56 interchange, the Dickinson Bypass route and the City’s infrastructure improvement commitments in the area, have focused attention on this area.
The City is being pro-active, identifying potential issues related to the future of the West Dickinson study area and developing strategies to address them.
Will the West Dickinson Area Plan change the zoning on property I own in the study area?
No. Once complete, the West Dickinson Area Plan will serve as the guide for the area’s future development. It will include goals, objectives, policies and standards and address the study area’s future infrastructure and community facilities’ needs. The Plan’s future land use map will reflect policies regarding the location and concentration of housing, businesses, public facilities, open space and other land uses. However, any changes to zoning will only happen if the property owner requests the City to change the zoning. Zoning changes must be consistent with the future land use map.
Will my property be automatically annexed into the City when the study
No. Annexation of property into the City must follow the specific process outlined in North Dakota Century Code. Nothing in the West Dickinson Area Plan can change the Century Code requirements.
Will I be getting city water and sewer services when the study is done?
No. Although the West Dickinson Area Plan will serve as the guide for the area’s future development and will address the study area’s future infrastructure and community facilities’ needs, expansion of city water and sewer services is not automatic. Adequate infrastructure capacity has to be available to service new areas and an amendment to the City’s urban service area boundary, which is designed to assure responsible, sustainable growth in a fiscally sound way, would be required.