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Re-Zoning Signs Not Signal Of Sanford Expansion

August 27, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Re-Zoning Signs Not Signal Of Sanford Expansion

Sioux Falls voters approved the Shaped Places ordinance this spring.  It now impacts how properties in the city can be zoned. For developed campuses including Augustana, USF and even Sanford Health, it means preparing a plan for the city showing how they've grown.

"They'd like for all of us to submit an initial development plan that says, 'Here's really a culmination of everything we've done over the last 30 years,'" Sanford Health VP of Design and Construction Bob Winkels said.

It's a starting point for any future development plans for Sanford. The new rules also require a full outline of what properties are owned by Sanford, which is why the re-zoning signs are popping up now.

"This submittal is not changing any of our perimeter. It's basically just saying all of the things that we have had in the past that we're thinking about now are on this drawing. Nothing imminent that we already haven't announced," Winkels said.

Winkels says this is not a signal about a plan for more homes to be torn down. Earlier this year, 22 homes already owned by Sanford were taken down to make way for a staff parking lot. He says right now there are no plans to buy additional homes in the area, but if the past is any indication, homeowners will approach them.

"If they want to retain ownership that's fine. If we come to an area that we want to make a parking lot, we might build around them as you'll see in some of our parking lots now," Winkels said.

All this doesn't mean things couldn't change.

"On the perimeter, our biggest plan would be that surface parking happens on our perimeter, and if in the future, we need to move on to surface parking for the building, we'll do that," Winkels said.

Winkels says that any questions about what Sanford is planning to do will be answered at a public meeting Thursday night at the Schroeder Auditorium. That meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

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