KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Citizens Petition New Zoning Ordinance

Bookmark and Share

The city of Sioux Falls passed a newly revised zoning ordinance called Shape Places back in March, which means some big changes will go into effect Friday, April 19, 2013.

However, there are some Sioux Falls residents who aren’t happy with the changes and they’re hoping to put a stop to them.

Over the past few days, this group of concerned citizens in Sioux Falls has been on a quest for signatures. It’s a petition that would stop Shape Places in its tracks, and instead; put the ordinance to a public vote.

While Shape Places updates rules that hadn’t been touched in about 20 years, it also changes zoning requirements for some commercial buildings; and it’s that part that has some a little upset.

“If it’s zoned C-4, then under this new zoning ordinance; you can build a building of unlimited size. That does concern us because it takes away a lot of the public input in the zoning process,” says Dana Palmer of Sioux Falls.     

This Thursday evening, the group met at the Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. They’ve gotten the 5,100 signatures required for a public vote, and now those signatures have been notarized.

Now, it’s just a waiting game. The city must verify the signatures for it to be official.

But if it does happen to make it on the ballot, the measure would require businesses over 75,000 square feet to apply for a permit before they start to build.

This would affect businesses like Wal-Mart, which is looking to build a new store at 85th and Minnesota; but that’s not the only business it could impact.

“It affects a number of areas around town and we think it adversely affects a number of places around town because it has up-zoned a number of areas,” says Palmer.      

But even if they have enough signatures, it’s still a long road ahead; and they realize if it does come to a vote, the final decision would lie in the hands of all Sioux Falls citizens to decide the fate of Shape Places.

“If the public weighs in and decides that they are happy with the ordinance, then you know; we have to live with that,” says Palmer.

If you’d like to know more about the petition, you can visit “Save Our Neighborhood” online here .
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Firefighters Undergo Structure Collapse Training

It's not just about driving trucks, climbing ladders, or ...

Ag-Drones Show Off Skills At Dakotafest  story with video

Drones are becoming extremely popular in film making and social media, but ...

DUI Implied Consent Law Unconstitutional  story with video

Changes are coming to South Dakota's DUI laws now that the South Dakota Supreme ...

South Dakota Tops Another List  story with video  Aug. 21

Wildlife Officials Increase Limits On Lake Yankton  Aug. 21

Steamy Weather Prompts Schools To Dismiss Students  Aug. 21

Sutton Named New CEO, President At Pierre Hospital  Aug. 21

Police Arrest SF Kidnapping, Assault Suspect  Aug. 21

SD DUI Implied Consent Law Ruled Unconstitutional  Aug. 21

Judge Rules On Evidence In Pierre Teen's Trial  Aug. 21

Transportation Funding Panel To Meet In Pierre  Aug. 21

Restaurant Won't Pass Higher Wage To Workers  Aug. 21

Presentation Gets Shot At Regaining Accreditation  Aug. 21

Federal Jury Convicts Man In Large Drug Bust  Aug. 21

El Riad Shrine To Host Midwest Shrine Association  story with video  Aug. 21

Weiland Calls Rounds 'Senator' In Forum Gaffe  Aug. 20

U.S. Senate Debate Surrounds EB-5 Scandal   story with video  Aug. 20

Iowa Mother Charged After Girl Becomes Pregnant  Aug. 20

SD Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off   story with video  Aug. 20

South Dakota Hunger Report Released  story with video  Aug. 20

Students Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead  Aug. 20

SD Groups Form Alliance Against Pipeline  Aug. 20

SD Man Sentenced Over Worker Lead Poisoning  Aug. 20

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive

Iowa Mother Charged After Girl Becomes Pregnant

Authorities say a central Iowa woman faces a child ...

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake

Sioux Falls Police are looking for a 19-year-old man ...

Neunaber's Father Died Of Natural Causes

(KTIV) The Plymouth County Sheriff released the ...

U.S. Senate Debate Surrounds EB-5 Scandal   story with video  Aug. 20

Restaurant Won't Pass Higher Wage To Workers  Aug. 21

Rapid City Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges  Aug. 20

Students Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead  Aug. 20

South Dakota Hunger Report Released  story with video  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive

Zenner "Freakishly" Good!  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D.   --  South Dakota State opens their season next weekend at ...

Cougars Ready To Shock NSIC  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  For the second straight year the University of Sioux Falls ...

Explorers quick start too much for Birds  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD-- The Sioux Falls Canaries were dogged by timely ...

Scheels Plays of Week from August 11th-17th  story with video  Aug. 20

Bougher pitching well for Railcats  story with video  Aug. 20

Birds go extras behind Kirby-Jones HR's  story with video  Aug. 19

MMA Fights finally come to South Dakota  story with video  Aug. 19

Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit  Aug. 19

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top