Rapid City eyes zoning changes in some areas

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Rapid City's Department of Community Development wants to update the zoning ordinances affecting a section of town near Executive Golf Course, specifically the office commercial district.

This general area, as well as others in Rapid City, contains the designation.

The change would remove single-family dwellings, duplexes, and townhomes as a permitted use. Settler’s Creek Townhomes is an example of an area in the city which is zoned Office Commercial District and is developed with low density dwellings.

The proposed ordinance amendment will impact the existing development, creating legal non-conforming uses. The city’s solution is to rezone those properties to a residential zoning district such as Low Density Residential District – II, which would allow single-family dwellings and townhomes to continue in this area.

The Office Commercial Zoning District is intended to be used as a buffer between high intensity commercial businesses and lower intensity residential areas.

City officials think the change will clarify future building issues.

"What this is, is city government working for the people," said Fletcher Lacock, a planner for Rapid City Community Development. "We are making changes which is going to improve the development in the city and the growth of the city and be honest with the citizens of Rapid City of what type of development is going to take place."

The city will have an open house to further discuss proposed changes.