Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Edward Patrick Hogan


The Harmony Hills addition is an excellent example of the runaway development practices which have occurred in Pierre, South Dakota over the last twenty to twenty-five years. Lack of any inclusive study of landuse regulations of the area prior to development has led to a myriad of problems in the Pierre area. To the author's knowledge, a geographic landuse study has never been undertaken in Pierre. No local landform study exists. No geographic or geologic study of the Harmony Hills addition was ever made before development was initiated. Geographic landuse studies and geological analysis are especially crucial as are proper, prudent development techniques in the region such as the Missouri River Trench. It is the goal of this researcher to examine the development process for the Harmony Hills addition of Pierre. It is also his intention to provide foresight for future use by examining development potential. The author believes that the Pierre area will benefit from a comprehensive understanding of the area and how nature and human occupance interact. Understanding the effects of this small piece of land and it's [sic] use, can provide a basis for further development in the Pierre area and other sections of the Missouri River Trench.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Housing development -- South Dakota -- Pierre
Land use -- South Dakota -- Pierre -- Planning
Harmony Hills (Pierre, S.D.)



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University

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Geography Commons