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Published May 06, 2012, 06:26 PM

West Fargo's growth could soon be maxed-out

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- West Fargo is growing so rapidly, in the next decade it could be maxed-out. From border to border, no more room to build anything.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- West Fargo is growing so rapidly, in the next decade it could be maxed-out. From border to border, no more room to build anything.

You hear about the oil boom out west and the population growth there,

but crunching the numbers in the last census we found those cities are no where near what West Fargo is seeing.

It's organized chaos right now in West Fargo. Homes popping up one after another.

-Saws are helping crews lay foundations.

-Nail guns setting frames.

-Concrete going in for new sidewalks.

-And bulldozers clearing a way for more of the same.

All of this action happening right here in the plot of land between I-94 to 32nd avenue, and Veterans Blvd to the Sheyenne River.

Take a look it's one of the last open areas in West Fargo,

Horace controls to the South, Fargo to the East, West is the only option for more space.

Larry Weil/Planning Director: "But as we would go West we'd be seeing flood issues against and be in a similar predicament prior to the diversion."

West Fargo Planning Director Larry Weil says the city will cap between 40 and 45 thousand people. And if the growth rate keeps up that could be by the year 2025.

Larry: "Since 2000 we've grown by close to 80%."

This chart shows where West Fargo's growth from 2000 to 2010 measures up against some of the cities out in oil country.

More than 4 times the growth in Williston, 7 times more than Dickinson and Minot.

What's now catching leaders eyes. This residential growth is far exceeding commercial expansion specifically retail services.

A city that's now at 27,500 people, about to build a second high school,

has just 1 grocery store, very little shopping, not even a movie theater.

Mayor Richard Mattern/West Fargo: "One thing we're actively trying to get is a hotel convention center we really really need something like that."

Mayor Mattern says they'll be quick in pursing commercial expansion, after all they don't have much time to squeeze it in.

It's possible the Red River Diversion would be built to the West of the Sheyenne diversion, if so it would give the city more room to grow west.

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