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  1. Community Character
  2. Community Facilities
  3. Economic Development
  4. Emergency Preparedness
  5. Introduction to the Plan
  6. Natural Resources
  7. Sustainability
  8. Transportation

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Click here for access to the 1981 Comprehensive Plan

Under SDCL Chapter 11-6 each South Dakota Municipality has to develop a Comprehensive Plan to aid in the development of each community.  In 1981 the City of Hot Springs completed their first and only Comprehensive Plan.  It was during a period when the southern hills were thought to be entering a 'boom' period with the production of energy - primarily uranium.  The 'boom' never happened yet the 1981 document still stays in place as our guiding planning document.

In 2015, in conjunction with SHEDCO and Dakota Resources, the city embarked on listening sessions to hear directly from the people what they were most proud of in their community and what they wanted to see for its future.  Thirty-nine listening sessions were held and in a community gathering held January 24, 2016 those ideas were grouped and defined and small working groups were established to follow through on each of the new initiatives.  The initiatives were: Housing, Health & Wellness, Recreation, Social Unity, Economic Development, Tourism and the Comprehensive Plan.