Council approves Riverfront Development plan
-By Katie Zerr
Taking steps to prepare for development of the riverfront, the Mobridge City Council Monday, Dec. 16, approved the model of the development as a concept and approved an agreement for platting, zoning and design guidelines.
The Mobridge Riverfront Master plan design has been on display for the past two weeks at the office of North Central South Dakota Economic Development (NCSDED). The purpose for displaying the model was to have the public review the plan and comment on it before the city approved the plan.
Dennis Wheeler, speaking on behalf of the Riverfront Deve- opment Committee, told the council some area residents viewed the model in the two weeks and the comments were positive, according to Michelle Harrison, director of NCSDED.
Wheeler proposed that the council approve the plan as a concept model in order for the next step, which is the platting, covenants and building guidelines.
Mobridge Mayor Jamie Dietterle told the board this model is a result of an enormous amount of work that starting with the “Listening to Mobridge” project created by students from the University of Utah. The city and community leaders then joined forces with the South Daktoa State University to create the concept plan of the development of city-owned land south of the railroad crossing.
With the crossing completed, the next step is proceeding with the development.
“The conceptual model shows shops, homes, hotels and other development along the riverfront,” said Dietterle. “The City of Mobridge is doing this as a project. We approve the concept plan for developers to follow.”
Ward II Councilwoman Amy Cerney asked if the council approves the plan, how would the city zone the land.
Wheeler explained that the model includes residential, commercial and public land in the area.
“This is not set in stone,” he said. “The model is a basic concept, a visual translation of ideas. All of the parts can be moved.”
He explained a developer has shown some interest in purchasing land to build townhomes on the site. The city needs to get the next step in that development in place before developers can begin planning projects.
Ward III Councilman Randy Carlson asked if there had been soil sampling conducted in the area to determine if it were suitable for building. Wheeler told him some of that work has been done and others are currently being conducted.
There has also been some water and sewer work done in that area.
Dietterle said partnership development between SDSU and the city has been beneficial for both. The projects developed through the partnership have resulted in the Riverfront Development Master Plan and the Wrigley Square project.
The council then approved a proposal from Professor Chuck McBride from SDSU, who worked on the development plan and agreed to create the design services needed to move forward. He and two students will complete the platting, land uses and zoning, and the covenants and design guidelines needed.
The drawings and documents will be created for a flat fee of $3,000 with any additional drawings, documents, revisions or other changes being billed at $75 per hour.
Dietterle told the council the work, if produced by a firm, would cost the city considerably more than the $3,000 proposed. The council approved the design proposal.
The council approved Resolution 13-11, giving Dietterle authorization to apply for a Transportation Alternative Program grant for extension of the walking trail to Revheim Park.
The funding for the project comes from the State of South Dakota, with the city agreeing to pay for 40 percent of the cost of the project. That means of the $405,000 requested, the city would be responsible for $180,000. There is currently $30,000 in the fund that has been designated for that project each year.
By applying for the funding, it opens the option for the city to complete their portion of the trail that will, when completed, connect Indian Creek to Main Street Mobridge with a walking and biking trail.
Mobridge City Administrator Steve Gasser reminded the council they had applied for the funding before, but were turned down. He said by applying for the funding, it does not necessarily mean the city would move forward with the project.
He said there are twice as many applications for funding this time around, but there would be no chance of the city receiving funding if they do not submit an application.
The council approved submitting the paperwork for the funding.
– Katie Zerr –