Williston might ban some metal buildings downtownWILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is considering a nine-month moratorium on metal-sided industrial buildings in the city's downtown.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is considering a nine-month moratorium on metal-sided industrial buildings in the city's downtown.
The moratorium would be in place while officials develop new standards for downtown construction, city planner Rachel Ressler told the Williston Herald and KEYZ radio. The city is looking at potential requirements for such things as building materials, height, signing and lighting.
Ressler and City Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl said the goal is to enhance the appearance of Williston's downtown area and make way for more retail opportunities. Officials want downtown to be a retail rather than industrial district, Ressler said.
"The downtown area includes a fair amount of industrial property, which is outdated and/or dilapidated," she said. "As development continues in downtown, those properties will be turned over and redeveloped. This is simply a way to create development standards which would allow those buildings to be cohesive with the rest of the downtown area."
The commission has given initial approval to the moratorium and could finalize it by the end of the year. Some materials such as metal siding that covers an existing restaurant would not be included in the moratorium.