Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Task Force

The Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan Task Force was originally formed in early 1996. Its members were a diverse group of people including the many residents of Lawrence County who all gave their time, attention, and careful thought to help produce the Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan, others involved include:

  • Black Hills Airport
  • City Planning Departments
  • Fire Advisory Board
  • Lawrence County Commission
  • Lawrence County Employees
  • Lead- Deadwood Sanitary District
  • Northwestern South Dakota Board of Realtors
  • Planning and Zoning Board
  • South Dakota Division of Forestry
  • TSP Three Inc
  • United States Geological Surveys
  • Planning Team of BRW Inc


The vision of this diverse group of people became a reality on December 18, 1998, when the Lawrence County Commissioners unanimously vacated the 1975 County Comprehensive Plan per Resolution # 98-40 and in turn passed Resolution # 98-41 to adopt the 1998 Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan.

Revising & Completing Implementation

In 2004, the task of revising and completing the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan was undertaken. The documents generated in conjunction with the 1998 Plan, and revised documents produced in 2002 were reviewed and edited to produce the 2005 Comprehensive Plan.

Lawrence County Planning staff, along with legal council and the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed and revised the documents to take into account changes that occurred in the County over the years since the 1998 document was adopted. It was determined that the best course of action was to produce one major revision of all documents and make the necessary changes to tie them all together. In conjunction with the revision of this plan are the revision and adoption of Lawrence County Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and the Lawrence County Zoning Map, the first major revision to these documents since their creation in the early 1970s.