Box Elder wants to create zoning overlay ordinance - KOTA Territory News

Box Elder wants to create zoning overlay ordinance

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For the last few years the city of Box Elder's Planning and Zoning Committee has been working to create a new comprehensive zoning plan.

Michael McMahon, the Planning and Zoning Coordinator for Box Elder said this new plan is not designed to move anyone from their existing location.

He says it's simply a move to keep people in the area safe.

McMahon said the new regulations were recommended a few years back by the FAA, the Air Force, and FEMA.

The new plan accommodates all three zoning areas, including the flood plain, crash zones, and high noise areas.

The plan would place additional regulations in certain areas around Ellsworth Air Force Base, and Rapid City Regional Airport.

But it will only affect people who want to move into those areas, or if people already living there want to make changes to their homes or businesses.

It's a change, McMahon says that Box Elder needs to make.

"This is what the city needs to do to acknowledge we have these risks in the community and put rules in place to deal with it that are appropriate to the risks," said McMahon.

McMahon says the only people who will notice any immediate change are those who live in the flood plain.

He says for those people, their flood insurance is likely to double or in some cases triple.

Tonight is the first reading of the new zoning overlay ordinance.

Following the reading is an informational meeting beginning at 7:15 at the Box Elder City Hall.

 

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