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Two weeks ago, the Pierre City Commission was presented with suggestions for changing the City’s landscape and zoning ordinances. Tonight, they adopted those changes, and considered an ordinance amendment regarding water rates.
LANDSCAPING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
With its action tonight, the City Commission relaxed the City’s landscaping ordinance. The rule no longer requires shade trees or green space be added to new or replacement pavement. The ordinance now just recommends the addition of shade trees or green space.
NEW ZONING ORDINANCE
Tonight, the City Commission made it illegal to build on a lot that requires the occupant to cross someone else’s private property to reach a public right of way. Access to a building lot requires at least forty feet of property adjacent to a public street. This ordinance applies only to new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects; it is not retroactive.
WATER RATE ORDINANCE
Tonight the City Commission heard the First Reading of a plan to change water rates in Pierre. The change would increase water rates by an average of $4 per month, per customer. This recommended change is part of the Water Treatment Facility project voters approved earlier this month.
“We did our best to let people know that water rates would be impacted by the Water Treatment Facility project,” said Brad Palmer, Utility Director. “We plan to raise rates incrementally over the next couple of years to help cover the costs of the project.”
If approved, the rate increase will go into effect in July.
A public hearing for the proposed water rate increase is scheduled for June 26. For full proposed ordinance language, visit cityofpierre.org.