Residents Encouraged to Apply for the First Sioux Falls Citizen Planning Academy

Sioux Falls is expected to grow from 178,500 to 251,000 people by 2040. Our metro area population could reach 325,000, and the size of Sioux Falls could expand from 78 to 120 square miles in area. What will be our city’s challenges and opportunities for growth? Where will people work, live, and shop in Sioux Falls? How can residents participate in these decisions to help shape their community

Residents across Sioux Falls are encouraged to apply for the first Citizen Planning Academy. The Academy will be held on Monday evenings, October 2 and October 30, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The classes will be conducted at the Downtown Library, Meeting Room B, located at 200 North Dakota Avenue. Topics will include comprehensive planning, zoning, the public hearing process, transportation, neighborhood planning, urban design, and other items suggested by the attendees.

The goal of the Citizen Planning Academy is to empower residents to achieve a better understanding of community planning and building, so that they can effectively engage in neighborhood planning efforts. Participating in the Sioux Falls Citizen Planning Academy, you will come away not only with an understanding of how city planning helps shape our community, but also the importance that your engagement and participation in local affairs plays in the development of our community.

Applications may be obtained online at For more information, or to obtain a paper application, please contact Planning and Building Services at 367-8888. Class size is limited. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15.