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Williston delays permanent ban on metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. — City leaders in Williston have put on hold a proposal to permanently ban metal buildings downtown.

City commissioners this week tabled a final decision on the proposal so officials could meet with developers to hear their concerns, the Williston Herald reported.

“I understand the purpose of this, but being as builders have concerns, it should be discussed with them,” Commissioner Deanette Piesik said.

Advocates of the proposal recommended by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission say it would improve the appearance of downtown, but some commissioners and developers in the oil patch hub worry it might add to the expense of building and discourage new projects.

The proposal would ban new buildings and renovated existing buildings from having material such as corrugated metal or vinyl siding on sides that are adjacent to streets. The ordinance would restrict the main building materials for new construction to stone, stucco and brick.

City Senior Planner Rachel Wressler has said metal could be allowed for decorative accents, such as a metal overhang painted with a business name, but Commissioner Brad Bekkadahl questions that.

“This seems to be a blanket statement that takes it out of their hands for accent materials,” he said.

Wressler and two commissioners will meet with developers by the end of November.

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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