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Neighborhood Reacts To Rezoning Vote

April 9, 2014, 1:40 AM by Brady Mallory
Updated: April 9, 2014, 10:40 AM

Neighborhood Reacts To Rezoning Vote

Voters have decided to rezone land at 85th Stret and Minnesota Avenue, which could clear the way for a big box retail store.

Referred Law 4 took more than 65-percent of the vote. This is the site of a proposed Walmart.

The issue of rezoning the land to commercial generated a lot of debate.  A group called Save Your Neighborhood rallied against rezoning, saying a proposed Walmart would negatively impact the nearby neighborhoods.

"It's obviously disappointing, but it's pretty hard to compete with a $400,000 campaign contribution from Walmart.  That's pretty difficult.  But we did our best with our grassroots effort and you know, we're really proud of the effort and the support we got," Dana Palmer, Save Your Neighborhood spokesperson, said.

A group called Building a Better Sioux Falls, which received donations from Walmart, came out in support of this ballot issue.

Walmart issued KELOLAND News this statement:

We’re pleased with voters’ strong support for Referred Law 4 and look forward to working with the city to bring a new Walmart to our south Sioux Falls customers.  The election results reflect the positive feedback we received throughout the city’s approval process and the subsequent referendum campaign and we want to thank Sioux Falls voters for taking the time today to make their support official.

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