March 3, 2012: Link to Debbie Downer. Stark County bans all new man-camps. As noted below, this is not a big deal. McKenzie County will take up the slack. The commissioners provided a multitude of reasons; did not say anything about their dislike for men living together. See Richardton. Abbey. Just say "no" to millions of dollars.
Link here to the Bismarck Tribune.
The moratorium would have expired next week, but commissioner Dan Kalil said the reasons for it being put in place haven’t changed.But, this is why the Williams County decision is no longer a big deal:
“We’re still out of water, we’re still out of sewage capacity, we’re short of electricity and there’s no room on the highways for anyone else,” Kalil said.
Williams County has already approved 9,777 beds, and approximately 6,600 of those have actually been built, meaning there’s still another 3,000 beds or so before approved permits are maxed out.
Kalil said the commission’s discussion revolved around what kind of development it prefers for the county.
“If these companies need places for workers, they can build apartment buildings. They can make long-term investments. If this (oil development) is going to last another 20 to 30 years they can add some value to the community rather that set out more of these temporary beds,” he said.
- infrastructure is catching up
- companies are looking to contain costs this year and may actually cut back in some areas
- there are still about 3,000 beds approved yet to be added (30% of existing total)
- there are about twelve (12) new motels/hotels in Williston since the boom began
- countless number of apartment complexes have gone up since the boom began
- single-unit housing has increased significantly since the boom began
- the activity is moving south of Williston
- Minot will gladly take the higher earning, white collar, management and professional segment
- McKenzie County is still in an "expansionist move" and will take up the slack
- too many inexperienced mom-and-pop operators wanted to get into the man-camp business
- the agreement to allow consideration of the current man-camps to expand: most of these are professionally run, state-of-the-art