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Campaign Promotes Shape Places Ordinance

March 25, 2014, 5:02 PM by Brady Mallory

Campaign Promotes Shape Places Ordinance

One group says the Shape Places zoning ordinance measure will help Sioux Falls grow, but another group says it will take away your voice on how the city grows.

It's one of four measures you'll vote on on April 8.

If passed, Referred Law 3 would update the City's zoning ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1983 but has been amended.

A campaign promoting the measure kicked off on Tuesday, but there are still concerns from its opposition.

The Forward Zoning committee wants you to vote yes for Shape Places.  Members say the plan pre-determines what can go where thus protecting homeowners and keeping other projects out of residential neighborhoods.

"'Oh my gosh.  I didn't know a homeless shelter could go next to my house.'  Well, in Shape Places it couldn't.  Why?  Because the homeless shelter can't pick that location to go to," Ron Nelson with Forward Zoning said.

If passed, Shape Places would decrease the number of conditional use permit categories, which Nelson says would bring more companies and ultimately more growth to Sioux Falls.

"It's just a more efficient way to operate our city, but it has a huge effect for everybody in Sioux Falls because of people that have not come here, because they see our rules as too cumbersome.  Everybody loses when that happens," Nelson said.

That's not how Dana Palmer sees it.

"The record building that has occurred in this city, I think it's a stretch to say a conditional use permit process has prevented anybody from coming and building in our city," Palmer, who is with Save Your Neighborhood, said.

Palmer says eliminating the need for certain conditional use permits also limits the amount of say citizens have on development projects.  That's why the Save Your Neighborhood group urges you to vote no.

"When you take away the public's right to provide input into the size of a building that is going across the street from them and the hours of operation, those are significant issues, we feel is a problem with Shape Places," Palmer said.

You may remember the Sioux Falls City Council approved Shape Places and Save Your Neighborhood fought to refer it to a public vote.

Voters will have the last word on the issue at the polls on April 8.

Sioux Falls Sample Ballot.pdf

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