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Posted on: June 16, 2023

Lincoln County Comprehensive Plan Update

Comprehensive Plan Update


Lincoln County is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan was last amended in 2011.

Second Community Survey Available

After reviewing all responses and comments to the first Community Engagement Survey, a second survey has been developed including valued input from the March and May community and stakeholder meetings. 

The second and final survey is now available for your opinion and comment. This survey will be available through July 31st,

First Community Survey Results

In addition to public engagement meetings, a community survey was posted on the Lincoln County website. The County received many survey responses, including robust public comments. The results of the first survey including comments are provided here,

To see individual comments, clink on the “Show responses” link to the bottom right of the word clouds.


The Comprehensive Plan update will include but not be limited to the following sections:

  • Introduction, purpose and use
  • Description of study area
  • Demographic conditions, population, projections, local economics
  • Infrastructure - transportation, water/wastewater facilities, utilities, stormwater management
  • Schools, parks and open spaces
  • Growth area analysis
  • Existing land use
  • Planning Policy Framework - goals, planning areas and policies
  • Plan Implementation considerations


Community engagement is a cornerstone of effective governance. To date, there have been several opportunities for public engagement. Two community meetings were held in Harrisburg and Canton in March. In May, a stakeholder meeting was held in Harrisburg with invitations to cities, townships, state agencies, representatives, utilities, and school boards.   Also, in May a working session was held with the Lincoln County Planning Commission. All meetings provided valuable input that will help shape the Goals, Policies and Objectives of the Comprehensive Plan including the Future Land Use Map.


Per South Dakota State Statutes, the purpose of a Comprehensive County Plan “shall be for the purpose of protecting and guiding the physical, social, economic, and environmental development of the county; to protect the tax base; to encourage a distribution of population or mode of land utilization that will facilitate the economical and adequate provisions of transportation, roads, water supply, drainage, sanitation, education, recreation, or other public requirements; to lessen governmental expenditure; and to conserve and develop natural resources.”

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