Montana County Enforces Workforce Housing Regulations

Following up the story MHProNews posted Dec. 11, 2013 regarding workforce housing and recreational vehicle (RV) regulations in Richland County, Montana, County Planner Marcy Hamburg says any parcel of land that is also rented/leased as temporary housing–RVs, park models, modular, campers, travel trailers, skid units—is considered a subdivision. As such it has to be reviewed and approved by the County Planner Office. As reports, the Bakken Oilfield has drawn thousands of people to the area seeking work who are living in temporary quarters until they can find adequate housing. The Richland County Commission has adopted Temporary Workforce Housing Zoning Regulations requiring compliance with health and safety standards. A Temporary Workforce Housing Conditional Use Permit is valid for up to five years and can be renewed. The county will be issuing further guidelines that relate to land use in the county. Richland County adjoins the North Dakota border very close to Williston, ND, which has ballooned with the influx of people.

(Photo credit: Associated Press–modular mancamp at Williston, ND)

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