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May 13, 2013

Rapid City Comprehensive Plan

In December 2012, the city of Rapid City issued a request for proposals to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The first City Plan was adopted in 1949, and the last major update was completed in 1981. In the intervening years, several amendments were made to update individual elements, including the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the Long Range Transportation Plan, and Future Land Use Plans.

The overall theme of the new Comprehensive Plan is sustainability, which was defined in the request for proposals as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” The request for proposals emphasized the importance of citizen participation in constructing the new plan, and also highlighted strengthening economic development and improving infrastructure as necessary elements.

Clarion Associates of Denver, Colorado was awarded the task of crafting the new Comprehensive Plan. They will be working with two subcontractors (also of Colorado), the city’s Planning Commission and a study advisory team composed of local elected officials, business leaders, and public citizens. The new Plan should be completed in 10-12 months; consultants, local officials, community members and the advisory team met for the first time on May 14, 2013

Over the course of the next year, the plan went through several phases.  Phase 1, Project Initiation, where the members developed an understanding of the key issues, opportunities and challenges facing Rapid City.  Phase 2, Inventory and Analysis, looked at exitisting community trends and analyzed development opportunities and growth capacity.  Phase 3, Vision and Guiding Principles, where the first draft was completed.  Phase 4, Plan and Policy Framework, where structure and framework for the final plan were established.  Phase 5, Draft Plan and Implementation, where the complete draft was put forward.  Phase 6, Review and Adoption of the finalized city plan by city officials.

On Monday, April 20, 2014, the Rapid City Council unanimously adopted Plan Rapid City, the city's updated comprehensive plan. 


Links & Resources for past plans:

Rapid City City Plan - 1949 - PDF of the original City Plan adopted in 1949 is found in our local history archive online

Map of Rapid City - 1974 Comprehensive Plan Update - An overhead map of Rapid City showing future land use areas

Map of Rapid City - 1981 Comprehensive Plan Update - An overhead map of Rapid City showing future land use areas

Rapid City Area Future Land Use Plan - 2008 Update - Overview of the last major update to the Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2008

Links & Resources for the current plan update:

Plan Rapid City - Main hub of information on the comprehensive plan

Map of Rapid City - 2012 Future Land Use -  Overhead map showing future land use areas, generated in January 2012

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Request - Form used to request an amendment to the comprehensive plan

Council Agenda Item - Agenda item from April 1, 2013 council meeting which discusses service agreement and budget for Comprehensive Plan Update

Clarion Associates - Website of the company who will complete the plan update

Map of Rapid City - 2014 Future Land Use - Overhead map showing future land use areas, generated in April 2014

Documents for Comprehensive Planincluded documents are drafts, maps and appendices

Links & Resources for the City of Rapid City:

Mayor & City Council - Contact information, meeting minutes and agendas, for Rapid City's mayor and city council

Planning Commission Meetings & Minutes - Agendas and meeting minutes for the Rapid City Planning Commission 

Community Planning - News coverage and other documents related to community planning from the BHKN archive

Planning Commission - News coverage and other links related to the Planning Commission from the BHKN archive



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