Hillsboro planning and zoning commission OKs changes

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 6:00 am

Members of the Hillsboro Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended changing a building ordinance to allow 50-foot-wide housing lots in the city.

The recommendation, passed 3-0, will be forwarded to the Hillsboro City Commission for its approval at the group’s next meeting Monday, Dec. 2.

Commission President Terry Sando presided over Monday’s special zoning meeting, called to speed up the timeline for building in the new Riverwalk Addition west of Interstate 29.

The 50-foot lots, more common in metro areas like Fargo, will be part of phase one of landowner Pat Muller’s housing development, Sando said.

“We are trying to get a fair number of 50-foot lots … but it is not the whole phase one, just a portion of it,” he said.

The smaller-than-standard lots – Hillsboro’s 40-year-old building ordinances allow 75-foot lots – may allow Muller to sell the lots for $15,000 and at a swifter pace, Sando said.

“Pat and his team have met with people in Fargo who have went to 50-foot lots and they think that is the selling point to get lots to move,” he said.

Officials are continuing to compile figures for the cost of infrastructure upgrades in the westside development.

The city’s engineering firm has been invited to attend a Dec. 6 forum in Hillsboro to begin hammering out those costs, Sando said.

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