Summerset is the newest city in South Dakota, incorporated on June 7, 2005. It is the first city to be incorporated in South Dakota since 1985. Located in Meade County, Summerset is located 10 miles north of Rapid City off Interstate 90, Exit 48 or Exit 51. The city’s boundaries extend from mile markers 50 to 46 on both sides of Interstate 90.
Started by developer Ron Baker and his company, American West Communities, the city of Summerset actually began as the Summerset subdivision between the towns of Black Hawk and Piedmont.
Summerset operates under a commission form of government. On August 30, 2005, residents elected a mayor and two commissioners. They have since appointed a police chief and hired a full-time Finance Officer and a ¾-time city office assistant who work out of Summerset City Hall weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summerset City Hall is located at 7055 Leisure Lane. The phone number is (605) 718-9858.
City officials have worked diligently since 2005 to draft laws and write ordinances and policies and procedures to govern the city. The first year alone was spent writing a zoning ordinance that became the backbone of the city. Officials are currently in the process of drafting a comprehensive plan.
Summerset officials continue to work on infrastructure improvements and are in the process of acquiring the original subdivision water and sewer system.
South Dakota’s newest city has experienced its fair share of growing pains, but city officials and residents continue to work on making it a great place to live and work. Crews are working to install decorative street lights throughout the community, and with over 350 buildable lots left within the city limits, the city continues to grow. The Summerset Finance Office issued 65 building permits in 2007.
Summerset is home to several businesses, including a hotel, steakhouse, bank, hardware store, medical clinic, gas station and grocery store, as well as a handful of smaller boutiques, a coffee shop and bistro and a used car lot. Most recently, Ray’s Western Wear and Bob’s Trailer Sales opened their doors, and the Morton Buildings company built their home office in Summerset.
Once work is finished on a road upgrade from Sturgis Road to Exit 48 this summer that adds a fifth lane of traffic, Summerset has commitments from Black Hills Federal Credit Union and Pizza Hut to open new businesses there.