RFP BY WARD COUNTY, ND FOR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND ZONING ORDINANCE UPDATES (DEADLINE DEC. 11)

Ward County is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to provide professional planning services for the development of a comprehensive plan and for updating its zoning ordinances. The previous 1974 Comprehensive Plan was replaced in 1994 without much detail.  An up to date Comprehensive Plan is needed to ensure the County is planning for its future and the growth of its cities within.   The county has decided an update to its comprehensive plan is the next step to ensure its response to development questions are consistent and are in the best interests of the citizens of Ward County.

Due to an increased amount of development in rural areas, there is a need to work on a new comprehensive plan that addresses rural non-farm development. It may seem contradictory to update the plan while simultaneously addressing basic land use questions, however, the County needs to ensure development can proceed unimpeded by current ordinances. The County believes this can be accomplished in a timely manner.

Ward County is seeking a consultant who can provide the skills necessary to accomplish the task at hand. The successful firm will be able to complete a comprehensive plan following accepted planning practices and at the same time offer planning services associated with roads and land development to the County and its townships. The County has felt the pressures of development in the past and will likely again in the future and hopes these two processes can proceed under one planning effort in tandem, rather than sequentially.

All applicants meeting the submittal deadline will receive consideration. Selection will be based on the selection criteria contained in this request document. The three most qualified candidates may be requested to interview with Ward County officials.

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ROPOSAL DUE DATE: 12:00PM, DECEMBER 11, 2017

PROJECT COORDINATOR: NANCY SIMPSON,

PLANNING & ZONING ADMINISTRATOR

900 13TH STREET SE, PO BOX 5005

MINOT, ND 58702

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