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Meade County Commission passes new comprehensive plan

Meade County Commission passes new comprehensive plan

STURGIS, S.D. – The Meade County Commission this week approved consideration of their new comprehensive plan.

The plan serves as a long-range guiding document for growth and development in the county. It aims to address a variety of challenges and opportunities as the county continues to grow.

While the plan doesn’t serve as a regulating document such as ordinances, zoning, building codes or capital improvement plans, commissioners say these regulating documents should be created and implemented based on guidance of the comprehensive plan.

In the fall of 2021, discussions began regarding the need to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan due to the various challenges from the ongoing rapid growth in the county. In November 2021, the Meade County Board of Commissioners voted to enlist the help of Black Hills Council of Local Governments (BHCLG) in updating the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

A draft of the comprehensive plan was presented to the public for review in the winter of 2024 and Meetings were held in Sturgis, Piedmont, and Faith to receive public comments.

Comments were given to the Planning Commission to discuss any needed revisions and on April 1, 2024 the final plan was presented to the Meade County Planning Commission to make a recommendation of approval to the Meade County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners made two small updates to the plan on Tuesday and approved it unanimously.

You can view the comprehensive plan here: Meade County Comprehensive Plan

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