Downtown Bismarck Plan

Downtown Bismarck Plan
The City of Bismarck is leading an effort to transform the downtown area into a vibrant place where people want to live, work and be entertained. The effort will:
  • Address issues such as parking, traffic, quiet rail, transit, walking and biking downtown
  • Identify opportunities for new public gathering spaces, “greening” downtown streets, a transit hub, and encouraging people to live downtown
  • Be comprehensive, by integrating transportation, land use and urban design into a coordinated vision
  • Focus on implementation from day one and provide a realistic implementation strategy that identifies the necessary public investments to inspire investor confidence and stimulate significant private investment within the first five years of adoption

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Implementation Task Force Members

Kate Herzog – Marketing Director, Downtowners Association
Dawn Kopp – Executive Director, Downtowners Association
Kevin Ruhland – Architect Intern, JLG
Larry Oswald – Business Development Manager/Energy Program Director, MDU
Jason Tomanek – Planner, Bismarck Community Development Department
Kayla Ver Helst – Government Affairs, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson
Andrea Travnicek - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor
Jim Christianson – President/CEO, Northwest Companies
Kelsey Ruhland – Owner, Crab Apple Floral
Brenda Smith, Co-Chair
John Warford, Co-Chair

News Room
Bismarck Futures Takes Next Step on Downtown Project
Downtown Shines!
Downtown Development Aims to Attract Youth

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Downtown Bismarck Sub Area Plan
DBSAP Appendix - Table of Contents
DBSAP Appendix - Starting
DBSAP Appendix - Designing
DBSAP Appendix - Implementing

Community Resource Links

Bismarck Historical Society
Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau

Parking Authority

Downtown Business Association
State Historical Society of N.D. Foundation