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Beginning Aug. 1, the city's code enforcement division will start operating under a new policy.

The new policy comes after Mayor Steve Allender asked city Community Development Director Ken Young to examine the division's standard operating procedures early in 2018 to determine if there was a more efficient way of performing the office's day-to-day operations.

Under the new policy, code enforcement will emphasize proactive patrolling of the city's central core while continuing its complaint-based responses to the city's outer regions. The city has been split into three priority areas.

Priority area one consists of Rapid City's original town area from North to South streets and from East to West boulevards. Though the new policy notes that most of the area is a business district and may not possess the common code violations many residential areas have, proactive enforcement will still occur in the area. 

Priority area two encapsulates a one-mile perimeter surrounding priority area one and will be split into three sections: north, south and west. Proactive enforcement in this area will largely focus on grass, weed and nuisance violations. 

Priority area three will contain the remainder of Rapid City and will be inspected strictly on a complaint basis, allowing for more concentrated efforts in the higher priority areas. The area will also be split into north, south and west sections. 

Each neighborhood can expect to receive community mailings in the coming months which will include information about common code violations, code enforcement procedures for handling violations, and the potential for abatement if violations are not addressed. 

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Contact Samuel Blackstone at samuel.blackstone@rapidcityjournal.com and follow him on Twitter or Facebook @SDBlackstone.

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