Commission Considering Three Ordinance Changes
The Pierre City Commission is considering three separate ordinance changes. One of the changes being considered allows for wider driveways. The other two pieces under consideration would establish construction requirements for both driveways and sidewalks.
DRIVEWAY CHANGES: Section 6-2-103
Current ordinance allows driveways to be a maximum of 30 feet wide. The proposed change would allow an additional six feet of driveway, provided the residential lot is a minimum of 60 feet wide and has a minimum of one on-street parking space. Additionally, changes to this section of ordinance would clarify the distance needed between the corner of the lot and the edge of the driveway.
City Engineer John Childs says that the proposed changes are an effort to modernize ordinance.
“Homes are getting bigger, lots are getting bigger, and consequently driveways are getting bigger,” said Childs. “We’re looking to update our ordinances to accommodate the needs of our citizens.”
CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS: Sections 6-3-103, 6-3-102
Additionally, the City Commission is considering adding minimum standards for the construction of driveways and sidewalks. These proposed changes are intended to improve the integrity of the sidewalks and driveways, thereby expanding their useful life and building continuity between our sidewalk systems and the driveways that cross them.
“The City has really put a priority on making our community more walkable,” said Childs. “If enacted, we’ll have more seamless transitions between sidewalks and driveways which ultimately make our sidewalks more walker friendly.”
As proposed, none of the changes are retroactive. The Commission will hear the second and final reading of the proposed changes on Dec. 4.