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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 9:59 am | Updated: 10:04 am, Fri Feb 7, 2014.

The Williams County Commission has kept busy, continuing with efforts to rid the area of temporary housing.

Taylor Corbett, planning and zoning specialist, said applicants continue to apply for conditional use permits even though the commission expects to eliminate temporary housing by Oct. 31.

“This is the board’s way of solving the RV crisis,” Corbett said.

On Tuesday, the commission denied two permit requests. The first was from Basin ET Properties, Inc. for employee housing on agricultural property in Stony Creek Township, off 59th Lane.

Ray Pacheco, director of the planning department, said the Planning and Zoning Department staff had recommended denial of the permit. The 7.3 acre property had employee and family housing, a business and two septic systems.

The applicant said the property was purchased in 1979 and hasn’t been used for agricultural purposes since.

Commissioner Martin Hanson said he had no qualms with housing on the property but couldn’t agree with a business operating on agricultural land.

“If you allow this permit, it opens all doors,” Pacheco said.

The permit was denied, and commissioners told the applicant he must remove temporary housing from the property within 90 days.

In a similar decision, the commission denied a CUP request from Perry Trucking for truck parking on residential property in Williston Township, off 139th Avenue Northwest. The property had one single-family home on site.

County Chairman Dan Kalil said Perry Trucking has been “as good a neighbor as you can ask for.”

The compliment was refuted by Commissioner Wayne Aberle, who said this did not change the fact the business was non-compliant and the commission received numerous letters in opposition of the permit request.

After deliberation, the commission voted 3-2 in denying the permit, telling the applicant to remove all trucks from the property within 90 days. The commission reverted the property back to its original zoning, which was residential, Corbett said.

“You can’t have a business running out of residential property,” Corbett said afterward. “It doesn’t fit the county zoning plans.”

In other action, the commission approved a CUP request from Mike Stewart for a renewal of temporary housing on commercial property in Round Prairie Township, off 151st Avenue Northwest.

Originally the property had non-permitted 24 RV units, which was reduced to 12 RVs as of last week, Pacheco said.

The commission agreed and then approved the permit until Oct. 31 when the applicant must remove all temporary housing.

Lastly, the commission approved a CUP request from Savage Companies for a gas storage tank and for an onsite caretaker residence on industrial property off 141st Avenue Northwest in Judson Township. It is part of Lot 2R Rearrangement of Lot 1 Block 3 in the Don Sorenson Petroleum Park Subdivision.

A Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Feb. 13.

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