UPDATE: Sioux Falls City Council Agenda August 3-4, 2021

UPDATE: The Planning Agenda is NOW posted, if you go to the Med MJ Item 5B, you will see how convoluted they have written it. Read the final two paragraphs first. Basically, they want any dispensary to apply at the 1000′ foot variance, but they can request to be at 500′ feet through conditional use. In other words, every dispensary will have to go begging to planning and likely the city council for the variance. They have made this much more complicated than it needed to be. They should have just reduced to 500′ feet for ALL dispensaries. There is NO difference between Bob’s MJ Dispensary or Mary’s MJ Dispensary, they do the same thing, why would the variance change from store to store? This is what happens folks when you have legislators not listening to the public, a big fat cluster.

Notice the agenda for the Planning Commission meetings have NOT been posted yet. This is not unusual, they have until tomorrow to do so for the briefing. Remember, the Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the zoning restrictions for Medical MJ on Wednesday. The proposal is for 1000 feet, but advocates have asked for 500 feet. I have no ideas what is going on behind the scenes. I have had radio silence with ALL councilors, city officials and moles and planning commission members. My guess is that there are some very ‘delicate’ negotiations going on. Hopefully we will know more Monday afternoon.

On the council agenda is the budget hearings and the regular council meeting.

Item #6, Sub Item #13, More money for screwing around with SAM on demand, $140K. Interesting that we have NO idea how the first round went, too bad they couldn’t have a PTAB meeting to tell us, oh that’s right, they couldn’t because that would have been a violation of open meeting laws for not posting an agenda 24 hours in advance.

Item #41, 1st Reading, TIF for Cherapa II. As you know I am opposed to this, as I am with ALL TIFs in Sioux Falls that don’t help with affordable housing. If you glance at the 92 page document attached to the item, you will notice that the land purchase agreement was signed back in November of 2019 by the mayor. Once again not only are we giving TIFs to wealthy developers who have the resources to do these projects on their own, we hold onto the land for them for almost 2 years tax FREE. You know who owns and runs this town, and it ain’t you and me.


#1 D@ily Spin on 08.02.21 at 12:56 pm

Cherapa is nothing but affluent waste at the expense of taxpayers. Why does custom commercial space get the funding while there’s homeless downtown and along the freeways? National media should do coverage on politicians and lavish developers while citizens starve.

#2 D@ily Spin on 08.02.21 at 1:03 pm

SAM on demand can’t compete with Uber. Do feasible reliable bus schedules instead. The reason someone holds public office is they are to ignorant and brown nose to make it in the real world.

#3 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 08.02.21 at 1:09 pm

Maybe the homeless could shower at the spray park.

#4 Further Fear & Loathing on 08.02.21 at 3:55 pm

’60 Minutes’ once claimed Rock Springs, Wyoming was run by a local mob. Are developers what we call “kinder, gentler”?

#5 Mikey on 08.03.21 at 7:19 am

Do ya miss me yet?

Seriously a deal signed at the start of a pandemic versus the booming market of today. How much of a discount are they getting on the land for that? I wish I could buy a house a 2019 prices.

#6 My Mistake Mike on 08.04.21 at 11:53 am

I see items passed 3-0 at last month’s Planning Commission meeting. How is that even possible on a 9-person board?