BUILDING DEBATE The "not in my backyard" debates continue in Minot and the surrounding area. This time, the Ward County Commission ran headfirst into the issue when it approved a zone change that will allow the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to build a mixture of housing units for its employees. A combination of single-family homes, twin homes, 4-plexes and 12-plexes will be built north of the ranch, drawing the ire of some neighbors. Most nearby residents who attended the commission's meeting last week objected to the two-story 12-plexes, arguing that the structures didn't fit with other housing in that area, while supporting the construction of single-family homes. The problem is that not everyone who would live in the housing units could afford single-family dwellings, and not everyone wants to purchase a home, either. Some employees no doubt want to rent. The ranch would own all the housing units, and would charge rent to employees based on their salary. Other concerns include a dramatic increase in vehicle traffic with only a single exit, and water and sewer issues. All are legitimate issues, but so is the ranch's problems in finding housing for its employees, a problem faced by nearly every company in the area. The housing situation in and around Minot demands creative solutions, and while we recognize the plan approved by commissioners isn't a perfect match with other housing in the immediate area, we support the commission's decision.