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Save Our Neighborhood not giving up

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We just wrapped up a city-wide election here in Sioux Falls. 

One of those measures to pass -- Initiated Measure 4 -- has approved re-zoning the area near 85th and Minnesota.

That will allow new offices and business -- including a Walmart store.

For almost a year, the group 'Save Our Neighborhood' fought hard against the measure.

Although the election is over, Dana Palmer of Save Our Neighborhood says there's a lot of work that can still be done and the fight is not over yet.

Palmer says she wasn't surprised by the outcome -- as Walmart had no more than $400,000 in campaign money.

She says the Save Our Neighborhood group will be sitting down soon to see what options they have left.

"We still don't have a ruling whether that land was even properly annexed to the city and if it is and that's what the supreme court says, I think best case scenario we are able to get some sort of size limitation put on the store," said Palmer.

Mayor Mike Huether says the outcome speaks for itself.

"This is a country where if you've got a legal business and you meet the planning and zoning laws of a state and a community and you are willing to invest in that community in the appropriate way, you're allowed to do that in America," said Mayor Huether.

Palmer thinks the city's zoning laws have been ignored throughout the entire process.

"If anyone were to look at the comprehensive plan, they would know 40 acres of high intensity commercial in this area is not appropriate for this location. The 185,000 square feet across the street with 6,500 cars per day one way, is just completely unacceptable and out of line for this area," said Palmer.

"Mayor Huether says this land has been right for development for years and the vote from Tuesday night's election only proves the city feels the same way.

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