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Rezoning Hearing For Pocket Neighborhood Set For July 20
Rezoning Hearing For Pocket Neighborhood Set For July 20
Spearfish City Council
July 13, 2015

Spearfish Proposes “Pocket” Neighborhood

Half a block of Spearfish’s Canyon Street, from Lincoln to Michigan streets has been marked for a new “pocket” neighborhood, a concept that hopes to promote community interaction by combining small private homes with shared common spaces, reports the Black Hills Pioneer.

Crow Peak Place LLC, made up of Al Block, Joe Jorgensen, Kay Jorgensen, Christopher Pangburn, Meredith Pangburn, Gary Biggs, and Mike Manning, has applied to the City of Spearfish to rezone the area in hopes of helping address the housing issue in Spearfish. The Spearfish City Council set a public hearing for July 20 to rezone the area proposed for the pocket neighborhood from C-1 central commercial and R-2 single and two family residential to the Development Review District, which would allow for the pocket neighborhood with 14 housing units.

Analysis by Crow Peak Place, LLC, found the existing apartments and residences on the site irreparable and the group hopes to create a solution that will fit into the existing neighborhood and provide a more community driven housing experience in Spearfish. The pocket neighborhood will focus on living and common spaces, calling for small-scale, story-and-a-half to two-story, two to three bedroom cottage-like homes, as well as two row houses. Though the project is based on community building, the plans also take privacy seriously, using layers to separate the individual residences.

While some Spearfish city officials voiced concerns about how the pocket neighborhood might not fit within the aesthetic of the existing aesthetic neighborhood, many were appeased after viewing the plans for the property.

The first reading of the ordinance was approved and a public hearing and second reading were set for July 20.

For more information, visit the Pocket Neighborhood website or the Black Hills Knowledge Network archive.

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