Sioux Falls voters will have a chance to decide on a southern Sioux Falls zoning issue this spring, the Sioux Falls city clerk said today.
The Save Our Neighborhood group submitted a petition with 6,502 signatures -- more than the 5,100 required -- to create a referendum concerning the rezoning at 85th St. and Minnesota Ave., but when the petition's validity was called into question, the city clerk had to validate each signature.
Hogstad said that 1,159 signatures were rejected, which left 5,343 valid signatures on the petition, more than enough to get the issue on the ballot.
The Save Our Neighborhood group is petitioning the Sioux Falls City Council's August 6 decision to rezone land at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue, on the south side of Sioux Falls, from agricultural to commercial land. The group objects to the proposed Walmart Supercenter construction at the intersection near their homes, citing concerns about the cost of traffic improvements needed for the area.
But Save Our Neighborhood spokeswoman, Dana Palmer, said this fight isn't just for these south side neighbors, but for all Sioux Falls homeowners.
"Twenty-seven improvements just to make one store work," she said. "The taxpayers are going to foot the bill for a great majority of that. I think Walmart has offered to pay for three. So that's another reason that this concerns not only our neighborhood but the whole city of Sioux Falls."
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