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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 11:53 am

SPEARFISH — The city of Spearfish is expected to review a proposal to annex 160 acres into city limits for an affordable housing development just off of Exit 17.

Spearfish City Planner Jayna Watson said the property owners submitted a voluntary petition for annexation, and as part of the process the issue needs to go before the Spearfish Planning and Zoning Commission first before any action is taken.

The parcel, she said, is located directly west of Elkhorn Ridge Campground and is not in city limits. Daryll Propp of Vieland LLC, who is the applicant and the developer of the property, made the request so he can build single and multi-family homes, townhomes, a senior living center and a lifestyle retail center.

Watson said her staff recommends that a study be undertaken in order to fully consider the costs and benefits of the annexation. The commissioners granted that request and directed the city to conduct a detailed study.

In that study, Watson said she will look at the property value to determine how much it will increase, the estimates on revenue, and how this will affect public services, such as garbage service. The study will also look into public safety and review trends and emerging issues when it comes to police and fire response. Infrastructure is also a key element in the study, as it is a big consideration when the city looks at the long and short-term services and the city's ability to conduct them.

Watson also said the city would visit with the Spearfish School District to see if they would support a neighborhood so far away from the schools.

The Elkhorn Ridge property at Exit 17 was annexed into city limits 11 years ago. Since then, a campground and RV park has been constructed and is in full operation.

This area is adjacent to a tax incremental finance district, or TIF, and it allows developers and public entities to pay for public improvements using the tax increment that increases once the land is developed.

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