The City of Williston, North Dakota is the center of the Bakken oil boom and associated real estate development. Seeking ways to manage growth and provide infrastructure to outlying areas, the City hired Sanderson Stewart to assist in identifying and evaluating options for annexing a large area north of the City boundary. The annexation area considered future growth areas, ability to provide City services and property owners' interest in annexation. The result was an area approximately 4,900 acres that will accommodate growth for many years.
This project was done in partnership with Farr and Associates, a national leader in the creation of Form Based Codes for existing neighborhood districts. The project called for developing a plan or zoning code by which existing residential, retail sales/commercial, manufacturing and heavy industrial uses could evolve and grow during a time of transition for this district - an area that was not served well by standard Euclidian zoning concepts. The area has been identified as a core of the City that should be allowed to transition in more of a free form process that dictates how various areas should look and feel. Sanderson Stewart played a crucial role in helping to convey technically based, free form concepts to existing land owners in such a way as to gain nearly unanimous consent in the resulting Form Based Code Ordinance.
Sanderson Stewart is currently assisting in the creation of the Billings Exposition Gateway Master Plan, which helps to address one of the initiatives from the East Billings Urban Renewal District (EBURD) Master Plan - the need for a new hospitality hub near the MetraPark that could provide lodging, restaurants and boutique shopping in an aesthetically pleasing easily accessable area along the main traffic route from Interstate 90 to Main Street in Billings Heights. This project is currently active and in the public outreach and input phase.