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Williston City Commission considering permanent ban on metal buildings in oil hub's downtown


WILLISTON, North Dakota — City leaders in Williston are considering making permanent a temporary moratorium on metal buildings downtown.

The proposal recommended by the city's Planning and Zoning commission would ban new buildings and renovated existing buildings from having material such as corrugated metal or vinyl siding on sides that are adjacent to streets.

The ordinance would restrict the main building materials for new construction to stone, stucco and brick. Metal could be allowed for decorative accents.

The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1hzS3Ow ) that the commission might act on the proposal Tuesday.

Some commissioners in the oil patch hub worry the move might add to the expense of building downtown and discourage new projects.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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