Sioux Falls Planning Commission CAN deny applicants

What do we always hear from the SFPC? We have to follow rules, and if the project matches the zoning, we HAVE TO approve it.

I have often argued they do NOT have to. Last Wednesday night they denied a casino on Minnesota Ave. 3-2 vote that was zoned properly for the usage. (Watch Meeting REPLAY, Item#6)

Don’t get me wrong, I agreed with their decision and was surprised it didn’t fail 5-0. Though the zoning fit, the casino was next to a bank and a children’s dance studio, not a good place for alcohol and gambling in my humble opinion.

But what I find hypocritical about the SFPC is they often tell neighbors they HAVE to approve projects because it meets standards. The casino met the zoning standards, but as the neighbors pointed out, bad location.

Let’s face it, when they approve applicants and use the excuse they HAVE to approve something, all they are really saying is, “The developer has more money and influence than God and we really don’t care how it affects you.”

It’s easy to deny a middle class immigrant applicant (which they do quite often) but when Sanford or another large developer steps up to the podium all of sudden the neighbors be damned.

The SFPC did the right thing on Wednesday night by denying this applicant, they need to do it more often, no matter what they say, they DO have the right to deny ANY applicant, even the ones with fat wallets.



6 comments ↓

#1 Taco Bar on 11.15.18 at 4:00 pm

But wouldn’t the bank be convenient for the gamblers and their alcoholism, and wouldn’t their losses help to educate the dancing children?….

#TimeToThinkOutOfTheBox

#WhenAreWeGoingToGetBeerInTheTheaters?!

(“Hey, where do your kids take dancing lessons?”…..(“Oh, over there next to ‘Joe’s Casino'”…… (“I see…..”)))

#2 Bruce on 11.15.18 at 5:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPbsdl21C_c

#3 D@ily Spin on 11.16.18 at 8:25 am

I’m surprised it could have passed. There are enough casinos to rob. Next to a bank would be a 2fer.

#4 it's who you know on 11.16.18 at 10:44 am

according to the AL

The owners of Relevé Studios, a dance studio that shares the other half of the building, hired a lawyer to help present their opposition to the project.

#5 D@ily Spin on 11.16.18 at 11:11 am

In the 80’s, I had a lingerie store called ‘Intrigue’ at this location. My trophy ex wife ran it.

#6 tth on 11.16.18 at 11:39 am

It’s a same that you’d have to hire an attorney and there’s no guarantee that they will listen any way.

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