Mitchell City Council to consider approving plat with layout changes to Ridgeview on Foster development

Mar. 17—MITCHELL — The Mitchell City Council will consider approving a plat on Monday that includes a major change to the layout of the Ridgeview on Foster housing development.

Project leaders are seeking to vacate a portion of North Wallace Street in the 21-acre housing development and install a road leading into the development that's closer to Foster Street. The council will vote on the plat during Monday's meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The proposed changes to the layout were made after a nearby resident, Pam Bathke, filed a lawsuit against the city and organizations behind the project due to the initial layout including a block that exceeds the maximum 1,000-foot length.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission approved the plat 3-1 on March 11, which serves as a recommendation for the council to consider.

Terry Sabers, project leader and president of Mitchell Area Housing Incorporated (MAHI), said approval of the plat and vacating the portion of North Wallace Street would result in Bathke dropping the lawsuit.

Sabers called the plat approval a $500,000 decision due to the cost reduction of constructing the new layout.

Bathke alleged the council's decision to approve a plat that maps out a 1,079-foot block in the Ridgeview on Foster development was a violation of a city ordinance that states block lengths "shall be between 400 and 1,000 feet."

The development is planned to go on a 21-acre patch of land across the street from Avera Queen of Peace. The project aims to bring over 50 homes that are considered workforce housing options.

According to Sabers, the new proposed layout has been met with support among the nearby residents.

Since the project was introduced in 2020, the layout of the development has undergone drastic changes. The changes were made in an attempt to integrate suggestions from nearby residents.

The row of homes proposed to be built along East Eighth Avenue will be constrcuted by Mitchell Technical College students who are in the residential construction program.

If the plat is approved, the project would be in position to begin construction. Project leaders have secured grants to help fund the infrastructure of the development.