Posted: August 01, 2016
Rapid City
Agenda Item Summary

Agenda Item Ref. #: 16CA003

Agenda Item Title:

16CA003 - Acknowledge report and presentation of the Downtown Area Master Plan (Draft)

Origination Group:
Planning Commission
Origination Meeting Date:
Stage 2 Group Name:
Public Works Committee
Stage 2 Meeting Date:
City Council Hearing Date:
City of Rapid City
Staff Contact:
Sarah Hanzel, Long Range Planner
Agenda Item Summary:
In July 2015, the City of Rapid City, the Business Improvement District, and Destination Rapid City initiated a Downtown Area Master Plan to fulfill LC-4.1A of the Rapid City Comprehensive Plan. The formation of the plan has been guided by an extensive public engagement process that has included site visits, interviews with downtown stakeholders, focus groups, an online survey, public open houses, and a design workshop. The resulting draft plan is comprised of 5 core values for downtown, 9 action plan areas, and over 60 recommendations to guide improvements downtown over the next 5 – 7 year period. The action plan includes projects identified in other planning efforts, as well as many new ideas. The action plan identifies both quick wins that can be accomplished with relatively low time/expense in the near term and more ambitious projects to pursue in the longer term. The implementation chapter identifies sources of funding and strategies to measure the progress of plan implementation. The planning process also resulted in the creation of a market assessment, design guidelines, and an assessment of regulatory (zoning) revisions in order to implement the community’s vision downtown. The public is invited to comment on the draft plan until August 5th at noon. There will be three open houses held at the Journey Museum and Learning Center to collect public comment on the plan. Following the public comment period, revisions will be made and the Final Plan will be brought forward for adoption.

Funding Source & Fiscal Impact (if applicable):

Funding Cost Center


Origination Recommendation Action:
Origination Recommendation Notes:
Planning Commission Acknowledged the report and presentation of the Downtown Area Master Plan (Draft): 7/21/2016; Public Works Committee acknowledged: 7/26/2016; Legal and Finance Committee acknowledged: 7/27/2016
City Council Recommendation Action:
City Council Recommendation Notes:
City Council Acknowledged the report and presentation of the Downtown Area Master Plan (Draft): 8/1/2016

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