Bismarck Planning & Zoning Commission


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  • Mike Schwartz, Chairman (City)
  • Cole Johnson, Vice Chairman (City)
  • Brian Bitner (County Commissioner - Ex-officio Member) 
  • Robert Field (ETA)
  • Paul Levchak (ETA)
  • Daniel Lukens (City)
  • Gabe Schell (City Engineer – Ex-officio Member)
  • Mike Schmitz (Mayor - Ex-officio Member)
  • Wendy Van Duyne (City)
  • Trent Wangen (City)
  • Paul Zent (City)


The Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission is an 11 member advisory board to the City Commission. The Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission includes the Mayor; five Bismarck residents appointed by the Mayor; a Burleigh County Commissioner; three members appointed by the Burleigh County Commission to represent the City’s extraterritorial area; and the City Engineer, who serves as an ex officio member. In addition, for applications within the extraterritorial area, a township supervisor from the organized township in which the property is located participates as a voting member for that item. The Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission hears requests for major and minor subdivision plats, zoning changes, zoning ordinance text amendments, annexations, special use permits and rural lot splits. The City of Bismarck has zoning and subdivision authority within the corporate limits and the extraterritorial area. 

Development applications are due at 12:00 pm on the Friday that is 33 days prior to a scheduled Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission meeting (as shown on the Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines).