Unlike the other neighborhoods in this chapter, the downtown area is not dominated by residential uses. It is nonetheless considered a special older neighborhood that can benefit from conservation measures. The Downtown Development Plan proposes to expand the employment and service base of downtown Sioux Falls while improving its visual and functional quality. The goal of the plan is to identify and integrate the transportation, land use, and social elements of the downtown area.
The following are among the key issues addressed in the Downtown Development Plan:
- Maintain the strong urban center identity of downtown.
- Encourage a mix of uses and activities, including housing, retail, civic, financial, and
entertainment throughout the district. Encourage housing as a stronger component of the
future land use mix.
- Utilize the design review overlay district standards for new construction and exterior
remodeling to preserve the downtown image and existing historic and aesthetic resources.
- Develop and promote the economic potential of the heritage tourism trend, capitalizing on the
historic character and image of downtown.
- Build and enhance downtown’s role as a community arts and cultural center; e.g., incorporate
outdoor public art into the streetscape.
- Create public open areas for passive use, events, and activities to enhance environmental
quality and to link spaces to the Sioux River Greenway.
- Maintain a transportation system that accommodates bicycle and pedestrian travel,
encourages use of the public transit system, addresses traffic and parking needs, and
reduces rail and vehicular conflicts.
- Use public and private involvement to identify land parcels and existing buildings for
redevelopment sites and expansion of uses.
- Address other development issues including infrastructure, maintenance, and public safety.