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16 Jul, 2024
Rapid City leaders seek input on city’s comprehensive plan at summer social events
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Rapid City leaders seek input on city’s comprehensive plan at summer social events

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – Rapid City is growing rapidly, and government officials and community leaders are seeking public input on what they would like to see in the city in the future. The city’s comprehensive plan serves as a 10-year road map to guide city government in decision-making.

Sarah Hanzel, division manager of planning projects, and some of her colleagues set up a tent at Tuesday’s family food truck night at Canyon Lake Park, asking attendees what they would like to see in the next version of the comprehensive plan. The group brought with them a creative exercise to help participants express their feedback.

“You can create a button and share your ideas for the future,” Hanzel said. “You can either design your own or create one that we have preloaded.”

Several people stopped by the tent to make buttons and share their thoughts on what they would like to see in Rapid City in the future. Hanzel noted that it is sometimes difficult to attract community members to government meetings where these issues are discussed. His solution has been to attend summer festivities to increase dialogue.

Hanzel and his team aren’t done: They’ll also attend Wednesday’s concert at Memorial Park and Summer Nights on Main Street Square on Thursday.

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The Rapid Urban Planning Projects Division participates in community events to gather community feedback.