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The city of West Fargo has been a growing community for a number of decades. During the decade of the 1990’s the “City on the Grow” was growing at a rate of about 2.2 percent per year, reaching a population of 14,940 by 2000. Much discussion took place about what the community wanted to become when the comprehensive planning process occurred in 1999. The city became a more favorable location for development after 1992 when the Sheyenne Diversion Flood Control Project was completed. Its remaining undeveloped land, which was north of Interstate 94, was developing at a faster pace than previously anticipated.
The 2000 Comprehensive Plan considered mid- to long-range development south of I-94. However, development pressure in the early 2000s advanced the city’s commitment to growth through infrastructure projects. The city experienced rapid growth in the next decade with its population increasing to 25,830 (73 percent gain), and the developed land area doubled during that period. The city completed an update to the Future Land Use Plan in 2005 and updated its comprehensive plan again in 2007. By 2016 the population was estimated to be over 35,000 inhabitants.