Deadwood to grow by 30 acres?

The Deadwood City Commission accepted two petitions for voluntary annexation from two separate landowners on two separate parcels of land that lie in Boulder Canyon, just adjacent to the city limits and are located near the east entrance of town, across the highway from the Amish Furniture and Gift Store. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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DEADWOOD — Tuesday, the Deadwood City Commission accepted two petitions for voluntary annexation that, combined, total just over 30 acres and are located off Highway 14A in Boulder Canyon.

The two parcels of land are contiguous.

Owners of the 2.84-acre parcel are Jon and Barb Mattson. This piece of land is adjacent to the second, 27.49-acre parcel owned by David Winter.

The Winter parcel abuts the Deadwood city limits, directly across from the Amish Furniture Store. 

 “This commits us to nothing,” said Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Nelson, Jr. “You’re accepting the petition. Or, if you deny it, it just goes away. If you accept it, then the next step would be for them to present an annexation development agreement. If we can’t get past that, you’re still not committed to anything and it goes away. You have 120 days. If we do reach an agreement, the next step will be to publish a public hearing for the annexation. Anything beyond this is all on the petitioners.”

Nelson said he would inform the petitioners of the commission’s decision and proceed from there.

“Either they’ll bring an agreement back to you or it will fade away, in a sense,” Nelson said. 

“This is really no different than when we accepted the petition for Frawley Ranch and nothing happened and it just went away on its own,” said Mayor David Ruth, Jr. “So really, what we’re doing here is starting the clock, giving them 120 days to proceed and complete.”

Nelson pointed out that the city does not currently have infrastructure in the proposed annexation area.

“It’s pretty much just raw land out there,” said Commissioner Sharon Martinisko, followed by a motion to accept the Mattson petition.

“Yeah, I think it’s probably worth listening to, so I would second it,” said Commissioner Gary Todd.

Neither petitioner was present at the commission meeting and Nelson said that as of Thursday he had not been informed about what the intent of the petitioners is.

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