Almost everywhere you look, new construction is popping up.
The city will soon make zoning clearer for development and easier for everyone to figure out.
Zoning changes may scare some people because it can affect property values.
So the city hopes to clear up some confusion with an ordinance called Shape Places.
The final reading is at city council tonight.
We spoke with one homeowner who urges people to get involved before it's too late.
Having a new building pop-up in your backyard might not make you too happy, so the city of Sioux Falls is working to make things clearer for homeowners and developers alike.
Homeowner Diane Huwe said "we need people to get out and come and listen to what this last reading is and get some input from the people of Sioux Falls before the rezone something that maybe you don't want done in your backyard."
Huwe said many people move into a neighborhood without realizing what could be built there until it's too late.
"Until it affects people, people don't proactively respond. they wait until its something that affect them directly and then say wait a minute, what happened here, but it may be too late at that point,"Huwe said.
So why change the ordinance now?
Jeff Schmitt, Chief Planning and Zoning official said "the city of Sioux Falls is growing, we're growing by three thousand people every year. As the city grows the industry and the trades also grow. so we know we're not the same community we were back in the 1980s in 2013 today."
The ordinance is called Shape Places. It will illustrate what can be built where, preventing homeowners from getting any unwelcome surprises.
"Maybe the way you find out afterwards is the way it was understood to be implemented out. we need to be there to see what's going to happen and how that is implemented to make it easier or is it making it easier," Huwe said.
The city said Shape Places is no cause for alarm.
Nothing is being re-zoned so your property taxes won't go up.
The only thing that will change is how the city labels the zones.
Some homeowners may not realize what their area is zoned for.
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