Williston moves forward with temporary ban on mobile businesses

WILLISTON, N.D. – City commissioners here unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would establish a six-month moratorium on new mobile businesses.

Planning and zoning staff members requested the moratorium so a committee can develop guidelines to govern the businesses.

“We keep getting more and more pressure for these,” said Planning Administrator Kent Jarcik. “There are nuances to them.”

Two existing businesses, a mobile chiropractor and a mobile veterinarian, will be exempt from the moratorium while the guidelines are developed. Commissioners indicated they don’t intend to put anyone out of business, but develop an ordinance that is workable.

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