§ 160.002  PURPOSE.
   (a)   These regulations have been based upon the adopted Sioux Falls Comprehensive Plan prepared for the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and are in conformance with SDCL ch. 11-4. These regulations are designed to carry out the goals and objective of the comprehensive plan, but especially to lessen congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers; to promote health and the general welfare; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; and to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewer, school parks, and other public necessities.
      These regulations have been made with reasonable consideration of the character and intensity of various forms and land uses and the need for public facilities and services that would develop from those uses. These regulations are necessary for the best physical development of the community.
   (b)   (1)   The regulations are intended to preserve and protect existing property uses and values against adverse or unharmonious adjacent uses by zoning all land within the city limits of the city.
   (c)   The land use regulations divide the area into a number of forms and zoning districts:
      (1)   In order to provide a broad range of recreational facilities, a number of areas will be set aside as recreational and conservation areas. Open space areas can contribute to the aesthetic quality of the city as well as provide a functional and attractive use for otherwise unusable land such as floodplains and steep terrains. The provision of a district for recreational and conservation areas will provide open space to lessen congestion and also protect and preserve woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife habitats in and around the city.
      (2)   The regulations include one agricultural district to provide for the preservation of prime agricultural land while at the same time allowing for compatible nonfarm uses on those lands which are not suitable for farming.
      (3)   A number of residential districts have been provided. The regulations provide for single-family detached housing which is located on suburban, cluster, and traditional-style lots, as well as for the construction of duplexes, twin homes, town houses, multiple units, and manufactured homes. The regulations establish districts where the single-family homes are provided maximum protection from intrusions, including higher density residential uses, while still providing safe, attractive areas for apartments, town houses, and manufactured homes to locate.
      (4)   Office and institutional districts including general office, general institutional land uses and campus institutional areas providing for business and community service forms and uses.
      (5)   Commercial districts recognize the various types and levels of retail activity that are needed throughout the community. The regulations provide for neighborhood convenience shopping as well as community and regional retail.
      (6)   The industrial districts provide for a light industrial district for modern industrial- park-like uses. These would be attractive pollution-free uses with large setbacks and no open storage. The heavy industrial district will allow for industrial uses that require additional mitigation measures.
      (7)   Mixed-use planned unit developments are encouraged with design standards as recommended in the Shape Sioux Falls 2035 Comprehensive Plan. As an existing mixed-use area, downtown is one of the city’s largest employment centers and a burgeoning residential area. The downtown mixed-use district is differentiated from the other districts not only by the variety of uses it allows, but also because of the highly dense physical attributes of the downtown area.
      (8)   Other districts have been and will be provided as necessary.
(Ord. 9-13, passed 3-19-2013; Ord. 37-19, passed 4-2-2019)