Rapid City staff hosts open house for Downtown Master Plan

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Community Planning and Development Services Department hosted the first of two open house sessions Tuesday afternoon to chat with citizens on the Downtown Master Plan.

The open house featured several maps of proposals for residents to see, but city staff also emphasized the need for feedback from Rapid City residents to learn what they see for the future of downtown.

Tuesday's session focused on the zoning updates proposed in the master plan, which include modifications to ideally inspire more mixed-use development downtown.

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"In order to implement some of the recommendations in the Downtown Master Plan, zoning is really a critical piece,” said Sarah Hanzel, long-range planner for Rapid City. “There are a lot of business opportunities for downtown, and by removing some regulatory barriers, we hope to be able to kind of work with the community at-large to kind of bring some of those business opportunities to light — to be able to develop more easily downtown."

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The second open house will be held March 8 from 4:30 until 6 p.m. at City Hall, and will focus on the recent downtown area architectural survey.

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