Mandan News

Land use plan laid before public

It is no secret that the city of Mandan is growing, but where and how it grows is the purpose behind the Mandan Comprehensive Land Use Plan. By consultant Stantec’s estimates, the city of 19,000 should add 10,000 residents and 5,000 households within the next 20 years.

Stantec held an informational question and comment forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall about the study’s latest findings for the plan.

The city of Mandan and the Mandan Park District kicked off the study in February. Its first public forum was held in April to gather the community’s comments and suggestions.

Phil Carlson, senior planner for Stantec, said the study will project where future growth will occur in Mandan and its two-mile extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction, concentrate on road systems/patterns, where future commercial and industrial areas will develop, where high- to low-density residential development will occur and where to locate potential parks and trails. He said the Mandan Comprehensive Land Use Plan is heavily tied to area transportation studies already underway:

• The Bismarck Mandan Planning Metropolitan Organization transportation corridor study for Interstate 94.
• The North Mandan Sub-Area Study.
• The MPO’s 2015 to 2040 Long-term Transportation Plan of all Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan roads.
• The Mandan-Morton Fringe Area Master Plan for roads just outside the Mandan city limits.

The Memorial Highway Corridor Study will also be used as a means to gauge southeast Mandan commercial, industrial and residential growth plans.
Carlson said the city wants to ensure it is prepared for growth for the next 20 to 50 years.

“It means a new front door for Mandan,” he said of growth projections. He said Main Street and Memorial Highway, or the “Strip,” will remain important to the city as it grows in the southeast.

A big part of the plan involves identifying future commercial and industrial growth along I-94. Still, the city wants to maintain its identity by promoting existing transportation corridors and revitalizing its downtown.

The land use plan also recommends building up neighborhood commercial areas every mile or so where a larger concentration of people might be located. Residents in those areas would be able to make smaller trips for groceries, basic needs or coffee shops, Carlson said.

Transportation changes considered to ease traffic involve adding an interchange at 56th Avenue and an underpass at 32nd Avenue, Carlson said.
“As Mandan grows north and west of I-94, it needs other connections onto I-94 to advance the capacity to the road system,” he explained.

Plan goals involve adding both passive and active park space for people of all ages. “As the city grows, there will be a need for larger community parks, but also smaller neighborhood parks in the area,” he said.

“Mandan’s growth is triggering a need for more planning,” Carlson said. Six tables will be set up Tuesday about different aspects of the land use plan for the city. Comment sheets will be made available at the forum.

For more information about the land use plan, visit www.cityofmandan.com.

By LeAnn Eckroth, Lee News