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Mitchell City Council to mull over rezoning former Kelley property into urban development

“By changing it to urban development, which is what it is abutting to, we will have some regulations on this property,” said City Planner Mark Jenniges.

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The front of the house, formerly known as the Kelley property. The city of Mitchell has listed the former Kelley family home along Firesteel Creek at $3.5 million. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Matt Gade

The Mitchell City Council will consider rezoning a portion of the former Kelley property on Monday into an urban development district.

Since the city of Mitchell purchased the $4.1 million property that sits about 2 miles west of Lake Mitchell, the western half of the land has been zoned in a Davison County agriculture district. City Planner Mark Jenniges said the zoning change would establish “some regulations” that mirror the eastern half of the land that is zoned in an urban development district.

“By changing it to urban development, which is what it is abutting to, we will have some regulations on this property,” Jenniges said during the Dec. 13 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

If the council approves the zoning change during the 6 p.m. meeting on Monday at City Hall, it would rezone the $3.5 million house and surrounding parcels into an urban development district. The multimillion dollar home that sits on the west side of the property came with the city’s purchase of 371 acres of land along Firesteel Creek, which will soon be the area where the city constructs a wetland and dam in hopes to drastically improve the water quality of Lake Mitchell.

While the house and roughly 10 acres surrounding it has been listed for sale for roughly a year, it’s yet to sell. The council annexed the entire 371-acre property into city limits shortly after purchasing the property.

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During the Dec. 13 city Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the panel unanimously approved recommending the zoning change. Jenniges said the eastern half of the property would remain zoned in an urban development district.

It’s unclear how the rezoning would affect the agriculture production on some of the west half of the property. A local agriculture producer currently farms roughly 125 acres of the former Kelley property through a lease agreement. The lease extends through 2030.

Consent agenda

The following items will be considered as part of the consent agenda:

  • Approve the minutes and reports from the following meetings: Dec. 6 City Council meeting; Nov. 8 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

  • Approve department and committee reports.

  • Approve $8,600 donation for a scoreboard at the Cadwell Sports Complex softball and baseball diamond.

  • Approve authorization to accept a $3,355 grant from the South Dakota Department of Health.

  • Approve request to apply for a firefighter grant through the FEMA assistance program.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: Hanson School Foundation with the drawing to be held on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, 2022; Mitchell and Alexandria Pink Ladies with the drawing to be held on Jan. 29, 2022; Dakota Wesleyan University with the drawing to be held on Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2022; Mitchell technical College Mavericks Rodeo with the drawing to be held on April 14, 2022.

  • Approve change order No. 1 to commercial asphalt for paving and overlay project No. 2021-15.

  • Set the date for the hearing on the following alcohol licenses: Jan. 3, 2022, an application to transfer RW-7571 Retail (On-Off Sale) Wine and Cider license from Xtreme Golf, Inc. doing business as Lake House, located at 2700 N. Main Suite No. 2 to Hohn Partnership LLC, doing business as Platinum Players Club III, located at 719 N. Sanborn Suite No. 3; An application to transfer PL-4692 Package (Off-Sale) Liquor from Fredericksen Restaurant LLC doing business as Chef Louies, 601 E. Havens to County Fair Inc., doing business as County Fair Food & Fuel, located at 1012 W. Havens Ave.; An application from Bhole LLC, doing business as Motel 6, located at 1309 S. Ohlman St., in Mitchell for a new Retail (On-Off Sale) Malt Beverage and SD Farm Wine (video lottery not included).

  • Approve gas and fuel quotes.

  • Approve Dec. 20 pay estimates.

  • Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.

Other business

  • Recite pledge of allegiance and receive invocation from First United Methodist church.

  • Hear citizens input.

  • Approve request to install handicap sign at 424 E. Ninth Ave.

  • Approve Agreement No. 2021-61, groundwater storage tank project No. 2020-20 with GeoTek Engineering.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-80, a plat of lot 4A of Circle K Ranch First Addition, a subdivision of an un-platted portion of the southeast quarter of section 6 and all of previously platted lot 4 of Circle K Ranch First Addition in the southeast quarter of section 6, all in township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County, as requested by Richard and Joleen Mueller

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-81, a plat of lot 4A, block 2 of Circle K Ranch Second Addition, a subdivision of an un-platted portion of the southeast quarter of section 6 and all of previously platted lot 4, block 2 of Circle K Ranch Second Addition, in the southeast quarter of section 6, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County, as Requested By Matthew and Angella Buenzow.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-89, a plat of lots 81A and 82A of Overlook Addition, an addition to the city of Mitchell, as requested by the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve transfer of real property in the 500 block of south Langdon Street to the Mitchell Area Development corporation for an affordable housing complex.

  • Hold public hearing on the Livesay Lane water and storm sewer project.

  • Approve resolution Livesay lane wastewater and storm sewer project with the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources.

  • Hold public hearing for wastewater system project.

  • Approve resolution for wastewater system project with the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources.

  • Hold public hearing for Phase II of the wastewater treatment plant project.

  • Approve dissolving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district No. 15.

  • Approve transfer of contingency funds for 2021 fiscal year.

  • Approve and adopt second reading of supplemental appropriations ordinance.

  • Consider entering the executive session, citing personnel matters.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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