Joint Jurisdiction

Joint Zoning Jurisdiction

Summary :

“South Dakota Codified Laws [SDCL 11-6-10] allow counties and cities of the state to enter into joint planning and zoning agreements. Extraterritorial zoning has existed in the county since completion of the Greater Sioux Falls Regional Comprehensive Plan in 1968. A major revision occurred with the adoption of the 1983 Comprehensive Extraterritorial Zoning Regulations based on the Sioux Falls 2000 Comprehensive Plan.

With this revision came a major change which moved administrative and enforcement authority to the county. This move reduced the complaints coming from rural residents who objected to the city’s influence on zoning matters.

Another significant issue at the time was the way in which the extraterritorial zoning boundary was unilaterally moved when the city annexed land. This issue was resolved by requiring county approval prior to a boundary change. Several revisions have been made in the 1983 extraterritorial regulations consistent with changes in the county zoning ordinance. The extraterritorial ordinance should be completely updated to maintain uniformity with the county ordinance and incorporate changes based on the adopted Sioux Falls 2015 Growth Management Plan.”

             -- Minnehaha County Comprehensive Plan December 1998

  • Joint Zoning Jurisdiction between Minnehaha County and the City of Sioux Falls
    • Based upon the growth of Sioux Falls’ geographic boundaries, and the amendments to joint jurisdictional boundary changes, the City and County have currently updated the jurisdictional boundary. An agreement was adopted between Sioux Falls and Brandon stating Six Mile Road and Madison would be the jurisdictional line.
    • The City amended the 2015 Growth Management plan to accurately reflect the sanitary sewer master plan and the growth projections. These tools helped staff and elected officials to determine the new jurisdictional boundary with Minnehaha County.
  • Joint Zoning Jurisdiction between Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls

Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls have been working to complete joint zoning jurisdiction for the last two years. Joint zoning allows both jurisdictions equal decision making authority on zoning matters within an area outside of the municipality. Lincoln County Planning staff will administer the ordinance. Existing timeline:

  • In April 2002, Lincoln County appointed a Blue Ribbon panel to evaluate planning through Lincoln County . In November 2002, Lincoln County officials passed a resolution to pursue joint jurisdictional zoning with Sioux Falls . To this point, three open houses have been conducted in Harrisburg , South Dakota . Public meetings were held in October 2003 and November 2003, and with Planning Commissions and governing bodies on February 26, 2004.
  • The draft zoning ordinance for joint jurisdiction is available as a .pdf (Adobe Reader) below. Please note: that this is a draft and will be amended throughout the public process.
  • On June 24, 2004, at the American Legion in Harrisburg , SD , the Planning Commissions from Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls met. The purpose of the meeting was to consider and recommend County and City comprehensive plan amendments that identify joint planning and zoning between Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls , along with a preferred joint jurisdiction boundary. The amendments were recommended for approval to the elected bodies.
  • On July 26, 2004, at the American Legion in Harrisburg, SD, the Lincoln County Commissioners and the Sioux Falls City Council met. The purpose of the meeting was to consider and recommend County and City comprehensive plan amendments that identify joint planning and zoning between Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls, along with a preferred joint jurisdiction boundary. There was some concern from other Lincoln County municipalities (including the City of Harrisburg ) that the proposed boundary did not consider their growth area. The amendments were deferred for action until September 27, 2004.
  • At the Sept. 27, 2004 Meeting, the Lincoln County Commissioners and the Sioux Falls City Council met. The purpose of the meeting was to consider and recommend County and City comprehensive plan amendments that identify joint planning and zoning between Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls, along with a preferred joint jurisdiction boundary. The amendments and the boundary was approved unanimously by both bodies.
  • On October 13, 2004, the joint planning commissions hosted an open house at the Lincoln County Courthouse to discuss the proposed zoning ordinance. It was decided to amend the ordinance from the Brookings County model to the Minnehaha County model.
  • On November 10, 2004, the planning commissions from Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls held a public hearing regarding the Joint Zoning Ordinance for the approved boundary area. The ordinance was approved unanimously by both bodies.
  • On January 23, 2006, at the Lincoln County Courthouse, the elected officials for Lincoln County and the City of Sioux Falls held a public hearing regarding the Planning Commission recommended Joint Zoning Ordinance. The Lincoln County Commissioners approved the ordinance 5-0. The City Council approved the ordinance 6-1.
     

Contacts

Lincoln County Joint Area Rezoning and Construction Projects:
    Urban Planner - Jason Bieber
    Direct Phone: (605) 367-8671
    Email: Jbieber@siouxfalls.org

Minnehaha County Joint Area Rezoning and Construction Projects:
    Urban Planner - Diane deKoeyer
    Direct Phone: (605) 367-8889
    Email: Ddekoeyer@siouxfalls.org

Joint Area Boundary Planning:
    Urban Planner - Albert Schmidt
    Direct Phone: (605) 367-8603
    Email: Aschmidt@siouxfalls.org