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Chamber Of Commerce Leaders Speak On Ballot Measures

March 6, 2014, 10:08 PM by Brady Mallory

Chamber Of Commerce Leaders Speak On Ballot Measures

Leaders of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce are voicing their positions for upcoming ballot measures in the city.

"What were the overriding issues or priorities as far as the Chamber's Mission in the community?" Evan Nolte, President & CEO, Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

The Chamber recommends voting "Yes" for the Shape Places Zoning Ordinance.  In the opinion, the Chamber also recommends, "the City consider reviewing the ordinance to ensure that public input concerns are fully addressed."  Chamber leaders also give a "Yes" vote for the City proceeding with planned rezoning at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue.  85th and Minnesota is the site for a proposed Walmart.  Nolte believes supporting both will bring growth to the city.

"Whether you are an investor, developer that is considering making major investments in an area, having some certainty and direction and consistent administration is important," Nolte said.

However, the Chamber is recommending a "no" vote when it comes to an outdoor pool complex at Spellerberg Park.  Nolte believes an indoor aquatic center would improve the quality of Sioux Falls. 

"Much smaller cities than us have a public indoor aquatic facility in their communities, so we really think it's time," Nolte said.

When it comes to snow gates, The Chamber is remaining neutral and not taking a position.  Nolte said the issue, while important, is not as far-reaching as the other measures on the ballot. 

Chamber leaders spent weeks and weeks reviewing each issue before taking a position. Nolte knows not everyone in Sioux Falls will be happy with every decision.

"You're always concerned, because again, this is a healthy difference of opinion within the community.  But we also have a responsibility as a business organization, professional organization, in advocating for these issues," Nolte said.

Review the Chamber's positions on the ballot measures

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