- Associated Press - Sunday, January 22, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls couple who have lived without a legal address for more than a decade got a win earlier this month when the City Council decided against rezoning land in the area and potentially boxing in their home with commercial property.

Jesse and Lynette Buckmiller still aren’t getting the paved road they want, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2jgDKRN ) reported. The Buckmillers live on a street that was vacated in 2004 to make way for a development that was promised but never delivered.

The street they gave up, South La Salle Avenue, is now a poorly-maintained, block-long gravel driveway. The only other home on the street, owned by Lynette Buckmiller’s father, sits at a dusty intersection.

Jesse Buckmiller said he doubts he’ll ever be able to sell his property, which is now surrounded on all sides by unused land and unfinished roads in the center of a rapidly-growing city.

When the family learned last fall that their neighbors to the south wanted to rezone their property from residential to commercial to build a mass of storage units, their trust in city planning and developer promises was already in short supply. The plan didn’t require any improvements on their road.

The Buckmillers feared both homes would be boxed in forever by commercial property, and all hope to fix their address situation would be lost.

“I feel like we’ve been stepped on, stomped on, and now we’re getting kicked,” Jesse Buckmiller told the city council on Dec. 20, the second of three meetings at which the rezone was discussed.

The council members later voted 7-1 to turn down the rezone.

Jesse Buckmiller said he is pleased with the vote, but that it doesn’t remedy the underlying issues or offer an easy path forward.

“We didn’t win anything,” he said. “All we did was stop something.”

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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