Deffenbaugh For Council

Jordan Deffenbaugh

For Sioux Falls City Council

Upcoming Runoff Election

Location: Minnehaha County Administration Building – 415 N Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Voting Dates: April 23rd – April 30th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Curious About My Platform? Read More Below!

About Jordan

Jordan Deffenbaugh knows Sioux Falls because he’s from here. 

Going to construction sites around the city with his father at an early age, he witnessed the growth and expansion of Sioux Falls firsthand.

He is a candidate that is doing the work. 

Jordan has been involved in dozens of community projects across numerous domains. He has an incredibly diverse array of experience engaging with community members on the ground.

He is a candidate that is not afraid to get his hands dirty.

To understand the complexity of our community, Jordan confronts community challenges by embedding himself at the root of the issue.

He is a candidate that builds community and connections.

Through his work with the BAM Institute of Civic Biodesign, Jordan has established numerous community efforts such as the Sioux Falls Tool Library, Citizen Taco, the Whittier Neighborhood Community Revitalization Collective, and Strong Towns – Sioux Falls.

See jordan in action!

Jordan was recently featured in a documentary filmed by Strong Towns about community building and his efforts to improve the quality of life in Sioux Falls’ core neighborhoods.

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Jordan in The News

Neighbors share Whittier Night Market

Strong Towns Chats Lead to $100k Grant for Sioux Falls Neighborhood

New ventures begin investing in Whittier neighborhood

Eye on Keloland: Sioux Falls Tool Library

Whittier Neighborhood holds public conversation focusing on safety

Jodi’s Journal: Building neighborhoods starts with simple steps

Freedom To Build

Sioux Falls is booming, but our success today has roots in a time when our city was small. Our core neighborhoods and commercial sectors were built by entrepreneurs who could dream – unburdened by regulations that discouraged small-scale neighborhood and commercial development. The limits of current ordinances, rooted in generic city codes adopted nationwide, are hindering our potential. Sioux Falls deserves a unique vision, free from unnecessary regulations. Let’s empower our citizens to shape the city.

Doing The Work

Join Jordan in the mission to strengthen and rejuvenate core neighborhoods. Through community engagement models that work, we can replicate triumphs and transform neighborhoods across Sioux Falls. Initiatives like the Community Revitalization Collective, the Sioux Falls Tool Library, and the Preservation Kitchen at the Union Gospel Mission showcase neighborhood-led successes.

Spirit of Community

Jordan’s bold vision for Sioux Falls is a tangible outcome that we can realize through fiscal responsibility, efficient governance, and traditional development strategies. Creating the conditions for all citizens to prosper and enacting cost-effective neighborhood-led initiatives will manifest a resilient Sioux Falls – a city built by all of us, for all of us.

Jordan On The Issues

Treating Citizens as Collaborators Instead of Customers

Sioux Falls isn’t a private business – it’s a community building project that requires many hands and perspectives. City-led forums and conversations should be held in the neighborhoods they impact. Our shared future involves everyone. All are welcome, and we’re building it together.

Strong Investments ≠ Big Investments

In our community, small investments often yield the greatest returns. A bus stop bench or a strategically placed traffic calming bump-out can make a significant difference. Let’s make more small, safe bets for a prosperous future.

Smarter Land Use

Land is our most valuable asset. Our current and future capacity to generate community wealth and wellbeing is dependent on economically-productive and environmentally sustainable land use. Our future will require data-driven analysis for successful developments and careful stewardship of our land and rivers.

Preparing Beyond the “Boom”

The annexation boom in the late 90’s made way for hundreds of linear miles of infrastructure now needing costly repairs. We have continued to grow, and must be prudent in our preparation for future neighborhoods.

Rational Transit

We are one of America’s largest metro areas without reliable mass transit. We must do better as we grow to make our city’s amenities and services more accessible for all citizens. Proven models like designated rapid transit corridors and walkable community hubs are crucial for our city’s growth.

Density, Intensity, and Diversity in Building

Sioux Falls will keep growing. We need to have real conversations about density and how citizens engage with their surroundings. Endless expansion seems inevitable, but we can build and reinvigorate the city’s core with a return to traditional development strategies that made Downtown Sioux Falls the gem of a neighborhood we all enjoy today.

Ordinance & Charter Audit

As our city evolves, let’s scrub through overreaching ordinances hindering our economic vitality. A thorough review of our charter and audit of our zoning ordinances is long overdue. Let’s cut loose ineffective rules that no longer serve us.

Incremental Development Districts

Sioux Falls is vast. Let’s conduct data-driven experiments within the city, learning from what has worked in the past. Incremental Development Districts will help us adopt successful development strategies unique to the needs of specific areas allowing for innovative growth, planning, and design.

Safer Streets for Everyone

Safer streets mean more than crime reduction—it’s about redefining our largest public spaces. What does it mean to live in a safe, walkable community? Let’s reclaim these spaces for pedestrians focusing on traffic calming measures and safety at all speeds.

Neighborhood-Led Growth

Before rampant annexations, we grew modestly, led by neighborhoods and small businesses. Let’s rekindle that spirit of community-focused growth by establishing more neighborhood associations and neighborhood programs like participatory budgeting. Our future lies in collaborative planning with neighborhoods at the forefront.

Freedom To Build

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Location: Minnehaha County Administration Building – 415 N Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Voting Dates: April 23rd – April 30th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM