• Codington County Special Election March 27th Will Impact County Residents Differently Says Watertown Mayor

    steve thorson 2015 photo to useWatertown, SD —  The upcoming election in Codington County referring Ordinance 65 to a vote may not impact Watertown, Henry, Florence or South Shore proper residents, but will create issues for the rest of those residents who live outside the boundaries of those communities.  That’s the assessment of Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson.  The measure, if approved Codington County voters March 27th in a special election, would repeal all of the county’s zoning ordinances dating back to 2003.  The overall impact is still unknown and an evaluation is currently underway by the planning and zoning office, however, State’s Attorney Patrick McCann says it will dramatically effect anyone with flood mortgage insurance and those wanting to apply for a building permit to mention just two.  Mayor Thorson commented on the special election this week on KXLG’s From The Desk Of The Mayor.

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    KXLG asked Mayor Thorson why Watertown and other Codington County communities would not experience the impact of the repeal.

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    The mayor did point out, however, that Lake Pelican residents could be severely affected.

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    Thorson said for anyone living outside the city limits in Codington County this repeal is a big-big deal.

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    The same applies to building permits says Thorson.  He says in towns around the county who have their own ordinances, residents are not restricted by a building permit moratorium that was approved recently by the County Commissioners.

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    The mayor says this ordinance could affect a lot of people in Codington County and that he feels sorry for anyone who may get caught up in the backlash of a repeal of all of the county’s zoning ordinances.  Again, the vote will take place March 27th at the County Extension building.   The ballot has not been prepared yet.

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