2010 Comprehensive Plan

 The Role of a Comprehensive Plan 

The comprehensive development plan for Sturgis has two fundamental purposes. The first provides an essential legal basis for land use regulation such as zoning and subdivision control. Secondly, a modern comprehensive plan presents a unified and compellingSturgis 2030: A Comprehensive Plan vision for a community, derived from the aspirations of its citizens; and establishes the specific actions necessary to fulfill that vision.

 Legal Role 

Communities prepare and adopt comprehensive plans for legal purposes. South Dakota State Statues enable cities to adopt zoning and subdivision ordinances to promote the "health, safety, or general welfare of the community." Land use regulations, such as zoning ordinances, recognize that people in a community live cooperatively and have certain responsibilities to one another. These regulations establish rules that govern how land is developed within a municipality.

A city may not adopt land use ordinances without first adopting a comprehensive development plan. This requirement derives from the premise that land use decisions should not be arbitrary, but should follow an accepted and reasonable concept of how the city should grow.

 The Final Plan 

For ease of use on this website, the Plan is divided into two parts:

Part One:  Sturgis Today - Page 9
Chapter 1:  Demographic & Economic Profile - Page 10
Chapter 2:  Land Use & Development Patterns - Page 17
Chapter 3: Transportation & Infrastructure - Page 27
Chapter 4: Parks and Community Facilities - Page 39

Part Two:  Sturgis Future - Page 55
Chapter 5:  The Future Sturgis Process - Page 57
Chapter 6:  A Development Vision - Page 61
Chapter 7:  Concepts for Sturgis' Key Districts - Page 93
Chapter 8:  Implementing The Sturgis Plan Page 115

Comprehensive Plan Maps

2010 Comprehensive Plan (full version)

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