Posted: April 11, 2017
Rapid City
Agenda Item Summary

Agenda Item Ref. #: PW041117-12

Agenda Item Title:

Appeal of Denied Exception Request from KTM Design Solutions on Behalf of Hagg Brothers, LLC to Waive Curb, Gutter, Water and Sewer in Sammis Trail, and to allow for a 26’ wide paved surface with grass ditches and sidewalks in a 70’ wide right-of-way (City File 17EX064).

Origination Group:
Public Works Committee
Origination Meeting Date:
City Council Hearing Date:
KTM Design Solutions on Behalf of Hagg Brothers, LLC
Staff Contact:
Nicole Lecy, Project Engineer
Moon Meadows Subdivision, SW1/4NW1/4 Less Lot H1, Lot H2 and ROW, Section 35, T1N, R7E, BHM, Rapid City, South Dakota.
Agenda Item Summary:
The petitioner applied for an exception request to waive the requirements to provide curb, gutter, street light conduit, water and sewer in Sammis Trail, which would to allow for a 26’ wide paved surface with grass ditches and sidewalks in a 70’ wide right-of-way to be constructed. Staff denied the exception request based on the following. Subdivision improvements including pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalk, street light conduit, water main and sewer main are triggered during the platting process for all adjacent roadways. The proposed plat (City File 16PL096) has frontage to Sammis Trail for approximately 1300’, of which provides access to four parcels to the south. Staff sees Sammis Trail as a permanent street connection to these properties. Staff does not support any exceptions to the required improvements within Sammis Trail that don’t meet the City’s minimum standards for a commercial street. Nor does Staff support the use of a rural pavement section as proposed, particularly adjacent to a commercial area. Staff does not believe a rural pavement section is appropriate for this area as it develops and have many concerns regarding the proposed rural pavement section including drainage, design of the road, width of the right-of-way, and drainage ditch sizing and slope. Sewer should be extended to the extents possible for adjacent properties. No analysis has been provided to date to identify the sewer service basin and the limits of the sewer extension. Water main looping is an essential component to provide redundancy within a water distribution system. A water main loop from Sammis Trail to the existing water main a water main in Hwy 16 would provide redundancy for the area to allow water to be feed from two directions. Both water and sewer mains will be dry mains until connecting mains are constructed in the extension of Healing Way from Moon Meadows Drive. These improvements should be installed at the time of plat, as required by Ordinance, so they are available for neighboring properties. Even though access and utilities for the proposed plat is planned to come from Moon Meadows Drive, as the street is adjacent to the proposed plat the property owner is still responsible to extend the improvements across the full frontage of their property so that they are available to neighboring properties. The petitioner is appealing the Staff denial to the City Council. Please note that a similar request was submitted by the applicant in May 2016, of which Staff also denied. The denial was appealed to the City Council, however the applicant withdrew the appeal before being acted upon by City Council.

Funding Source & Fiscal Impact (if applicable):

Funding Cost Center


Origination Recommendation Action:
Origination Recommendation Notes:
Staff recommends upholding the denial of the exception request.
City Council Options:
Uphold the denial, approve or amend the denial in whole or in part.

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