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Land Use Planning Around Military Installations
South Dakota Codified Laws §50-10-32 through §50-10-35 (State Laws 1996, ch. 278) permits a political subdivision to “adopt, administer, and enforce, under its police power” zoning regulations “to prevent the creation of a military airport hazard.” The military airport hazard area (which is defined as an area of land or water with a hazard such as a structure that obstructs or interferes with military aircraft) zoning regulations may be divided into zones and include:

•  Specifying land uses that are permitted;
•  Regulating type and density of structures;
•  Restricting height of structures and obstructions to prevent the construction of an obstruction to flight operations or air navigation. 

The political subdivision may also adopt by ordinance or resolution any federal laws or rules to assist in “controlling the use of land located adjacent to or in the immediate vicinity of the military airport.”

S.D. Codified Laws §50-10-32
S.D. Codified Laws §50-10-33
S.D. Codified Laws §50-10-34
S.D. Codified Laws §50-10-35

Open Space/Conservation

Uniform Conservation Easement Act
South Dakota Codified Laws §1-19B-56 et seq. provide for the state’s Uniform Conservation Easement Act, which authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Forest Legacy Program is a US Forest Service program for protecting and conserving important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, such as development. The Department of Agriculture is the lead agency for the Forest Legacy Program in the state. The program achieves its goals through voluntary easements and fee simple purchases.

Forest Legacy Program

Bill Smith
23 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Steve Harding, Deputy Secretary
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
425 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501
(605) 773-3269
(605) 773-5380 fax

Adjutant General
Major General Timothy Reisch
Secretary, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
2823 W. Main Street
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702-8166
(605) 737-6702

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The House and Senate Committees on State Affairs handle most measures related to military matters.  Environmental matters may be addressed either by the State Affairs Committee or the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee.  The committees have formal meetings while the Legislature is in session. 

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Senator Larry Rhoden, Chair
P.O. Box 12
Union Center, South Dakota 57787-0012  
605-985-5461 home
605-773-3821 capitol

House Committee on State Affairs
Representative David Lust, Chair
4269 Rosemary Lane
Rapid City, SD 57702  
605-343-8261 home
605-342-1078 business