Public input helps planners look at city development differently

Posted: Updated:
RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Residents got a chance to speak with city planners over coffee about the future of Rapid City.

One of the hot topics Wednesday was the combination of commercial and residential development.

City Planning Manager Vicki Fisher said that having residential areas close to commercial development would make it easier for residents to access services.    

"One of the things that we are continuing to do with the developers as they come forward is trying to create those developments that provide services to the residential development that they're creating,” said Fisher. “We see that. If you look around at some of the newer developments along Highway 44, along Mount Rushmore Road, you will see a residential component, but there's also a commercial component being built right next to it, closer to the arterial streets to service the needs of that community."

Fisher said having residential and commercial areas next to each other is important. But after community input, the City Planning Commission is looking to remove mixed residential-commercial development from existing city ordinance. 

"The feedback that we got today was concurrence that single family and town homes including duplexes may not be appropriate along some of these arterial streets that support this kind of commercial activity,” said Fisher. “However, apartments may be appropriate. And because we are currently working at promoting mixed uses within our commercial corridors, residential that would be above the ground floor would still be something that would be available to a future developer."

The commission will host their next Coffee with a Planner in three months. That meeting will feature a new format where the public can speak to planners in smaller group settings.  

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Interview with congressional candidate Neal Tapio

    Interview with congressional candidate Neal Tapio

    NewsCenter1 sat down with Neal Tapio, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hear directly from him before the June 5 Primaries. OTHER CANDIDATES

    NewsCenter1 sat down with Neal Tapio, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hear directly from him before the June 5 Primaries. OTHER CANDIDATES

  • SD voters could change victim rights law with Amendment Y

    SD voters could change victim rights law with Amendment Y

    Amendment Y looks to make changes to Marsy's Law that South Dakota voters approved in 2016. It added protection for crime victims, but law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and victim's rights advocates say the implementation of that law created some unintended consequences. And they're now trying to make some changes.

    Video: KDLT

    Amendment Y looks to make changes to Marsy's Law that South Dakota voters approved in 2016. It added protection for crime victims, but law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and victim's rights advocates say the implementation of that law created some unintended consequences. And they're now trying to make some changes.

    Video: KDLT

  • Top Performer: Shayla Howell

    Top Performer: Shayla Howell

    When you talk about track and field at Belle Fourche High School, it's hard not to mention the name Shayla Howell. 

    When you talk about track and field at Belle Fourche High School, it's hard not to mention the name Shayla Howell. 

Today's Forecast
/