Sturgis City Council made changes to 2 different ordinances Monday night

STURGIS, S.D.(KBHB)– At their meeting Monday night, Sturgis council members approved second and final reading on some changes to a couple of ordinances.

The first makes several changes to the residential camping ordinance.

Among the changes are limiting temporary residential camping to 21 days in a 365 day period without a permit, as well as requiring any residential camping with more than 8 persons on the property for more than three days to obtain a temporary porta-potty and trash receptacle from the city.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says they are not trying to limit people’s ability to provide  camping on their property.

Ainslie says what they are trying to cut down on is the non-conforming use.

Also passing second reading was an ordinance making some changes to Title 18, the procedures for obtaining a Use on Review.

Currently, the Planning Department sends notification letters to neighboring landowners asking if they approved of the proposed use. Ainslie says the change will require sending requests for comment.

The changes to the Zoning Amendments would require neighboring landowners to return their notices with a confirmation or denial of the request. Previously a “no response” was considered an approval.