City of Williston

The Williston City Commission approved the final plat for North Star Center’s 535-acre development consisting of 2,024 residential units near 56th Street Northwest on Tuesday.

Applicants Patrick Murphy and LAI Design CEO Kenneth Puncerelli spent the past year making their development a reality. They have dealt with reconfiguring multiple easements, overhead transmission lines and pipelines to make it work for the commission.

North Star also had to accommodate the city’s truck bypass route.

The project was submitted in the fall of 2013 and has since been revised due to the intended route of the truck bypass that originally bordered the northern boundary of the property, where North Star was intended to intersect with County Highway 6, said Principal Planner Donald Kress in city documents.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation approved the plan, and the right-of-way necessary for the truck route is now proposed to take about 21.1 acres away from the project site, requiring configuration of lots that will be affected by the right of way acquisition, Kress said.

On Tuesday, the commission approved the entire final plat with the understanding the northern portion would be completed upon the finalization of the right-of-way acquisition between the property owners and NDDOT, Kress said. The portion is north of Energy Street to the truck bypass route.

“We’ve overcome every obstacle that we can think of,” Murphy said Tuesday.

North Star will consist of 1,349 apartment units, 94 single-family lots and 176 twin homes, Puncerelli said. About 225.68 acres of commercial space will be developed into hospitality, entertainment, strip-center retail, medium-box retail and automobile dealerships.

The city of Williston allows multi-family housing above ground floor in retail in commercial zones, and 200 additional apartment units are planned for the area, according to city documents.

Sixty-two acres of heavy commercial property includes warehousing, contractor shops and yards and truck and heavy equipment dealerships, but excludes oilfield activities.

About 105.2 acres is designated for parks and open space, since the size of the project site requires the developer to dedicate nearly 20 percent of the area to meet the requirements.

The Williston Parks and Recreation District approved a 47.6-acre park platted for the development of baseball diamonds and supporting facilities, according to city documents.

There are 15 phases for development and applicants want to break ground in the summer, Puncerelli said.

“The phasing plan is tied to infrastructure build-out and market forces,” he added.

Members of the commission board voted 4-0 in approval of the proposed development. Commissioner Tate Cymbaluk abstained from the decision.

“You have a very result oriented staff and that’s a rare thing to find,” Puncerelli told the board.

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