Posted on 11-03-2015

Steve Van Buskirk, our Director of Land Development, spoke with the Argus Leader about the future growth of Sioux Falls’ development.   As the article mentioned, sewer infrastructure is key to future development.

 

View of Hazeltine

“This is the way I see it happening,” Van Buskirk said. “The east and northwest will grow first. Then west. Then at some point, it will continue to move toward Harrisburg. I would guess in 30 years, you won’t be able to tell where Harrisburg ends and Sioux Falls begins.”

 

 

On the northwest side sits our Hazeltine neighborhood at Benson and Marion Roads with convenient access to I-90 and newer area amenities such as the Sanford Sports Complex, Walmart, and dining.

 

Photos featured in the article are of street paving that just began in our Willow Ridge (link) development on the east side at Six Mile Road and East 10th Street.   Some of these lots opening up are overlooking the Big Sioux River Valley giving you the feeling like you’re in the Black Hills!  Read the full article below.

 


 

- Steve Young, Argus Leader Media

Mayor Mike Huether asked the question last January, at a news conference announcing Sioux Falls’ impending arrival at 170,000 residents.

 

“When,” the mayor wondered, “will we be able to shake hands across the border” with other growing nearby communities like Brandon, Harrisburg and Tea?

 

It seems the day is coming.

 

In the next 20 years, as the city pushes toward a projected population of more than 233,000 residents by 2035, the growth of Sioux Falls will occur largely along the eastern edges and in the northwest corner, developers and city planners say.

 

A sewer lift station that went in six years ago opened thousands of acres for development on the east side, where the city will continue to push all the way to the Big Sioux River, said Steve VanBuskirk, director of land development for VanBuskirk Cos.

 

In a community that develops roughly 1,000 acres per year, that means “we have a lot of land that can be developed toward the river on the east,” City Planner Mike Cooper said. And so it is this week that VanBuskirk’s company has workers putting pavement down on East Willowwood Street near Fred Assam Elementary east of Six Mile Road for yet another round of home building.

 

The key to Sioux Falls’ future development is new or extended sewer infrastructure. The east has it now. So does the northwest, where the addition of a Walmart and other services will continue to spur development there – especially as the city spends $10.5 million to extend water, sewer and roads to the proposed Foundation Park northwest of interstates 29 and 90.

 

“What the city is doing is, they’re not putting sewer on the west side right now,” VanBuskirk said. “They want people to go to the east side. And you see the northwest getting busier. That’s the direction we’re going now.”

 

The city can’t grow north of Interstate 90 because of the presence of the Big Sioux River basin there, Cooper said. And it is nearing the point on the south side where it is butting up against Harrisburg and Tea.

 

Cooper said Sioux Falls is within a half-mile of its sewer capacity along Lincoln County Highway 106 – also called the Tea Road. There is some growth area just east of Interstate 29, but the south right now isn’t pegged for large future growth.

 

“This is the way I see it happening,”   Van Buskirk said. “The east and northwest will grow first. Then west. Then at some point, it will continue to move toward Harrisburg. I would guess in 30 years, you won’t be able to tell where Harrisburg ends and Sioux Falls begins.”

 

For his part, Cooper points west when he looks for the significant growth area after 2035. Sewer availability enables the city to go another mile west of the Tea-Ellis Road now, the city planner said. In time, it likely will go farther west than that.

 

“What happens after the year 2035? Do we just pack our bags and say we’re done (growing)?” Cooper asked. “We would be looking at, ‘OK, where would the next major growth area be, out to the year 2050 or 2075?’ It’s probably going to be to the west most likely. You could potentially build a sewer infrastructure that gets all the way out to Wall Lake if you wanted to.”

 

- Steve Young, Argus Leader Media