Zoning changes to be discussed in October | Local News
SHERIDAN – The Sheridan County Commission on Monday opened a 45-day comment period for changes to the county’s rules regarding zoning and land division.
The new changes are intended to comply with recent changes in state law, according to county town planner Mark Reid. In 2019, the Wyoming legislature amended WS 18-5-201 and 18-5-315 to prohibit counties from establishing minimum lot size requirements, which could prevent a division of land from being made. be used for residential or agricultural purposes.
The purpose of the proposed changes is to comply with current law, said Reid, acknowledging that minimum lot size requirements do not apply to any division of land other than flat subdivisions made for the purpose of ‘a gift or sale to a close family landowner member.
“Currently our rules and regulations state that the parcels created must comply with the minimum zoning lot sizes, and that would eliminate that. Said Reid. “So you could have a quarter of an acre or 10,000 square feet of land. Whatever size you want.
Copies of the proposed changes can be obtained from the Sheridan County Commissioners’ Office or the Sheridan County Public Works Department. The county plans to discuss the changes at a planning and zoning committee meeting on October 7, followed by a county committee meeting on October 19.
Written comments on proposed rule changes can be mailed to County Commissioners at 224 S. Main St, Suite B1, Sheridan, WY 82801, no later than noon on October 8th.
In other news from the Sheridan County Commission:
The Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office will provide a total of two school resource officers to Sheridan County School District 1 starting this fall, according to a recent memorandum of understanding between the sheriff’s office and the school district.
According to the document, “the ultimate goal of the MOU is to establish and maintain a safe and positive school environment that will allow students to learn from their mistakes and grow into healthy and productive adults without criminalizing typical behavior. adolescents “.
“I think this agreement is probably the best way to increase the safety of children in our outlying communities and provide the best opportunity to build relationships with our next generation,” said Sheriff Allen Thompson.
Jeremy Smith, Commercial Director at SCSD1, agreed.
“These times are strange,” Smith said. “… The world has changed and our students have changed and their needs have changed, and this is one more thing we can do to meet what our children need in this world.”
Smith said the district believed in the program enough to allocate funds from the general district budget to officers. The school district will pay the sheriff’s office 83% of the cost of employee salaries and benefits, plus an additional $ 5,000 to cover expenses such as acting agents.
“This is not a special program funded by the legislature,” Smith said. “We didn’t ask for a grant fund. This is our regular fund for classrooms. Again, I think that sort of reiterates how important our board of directors is that this program is important to our communities. “
County commissioners unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding, which is in effect until June 30, 2024, at their August 3 meeting.
The commissioners requested federal funding of $ 324,800 through the Wyoming Department of Transportation for the air quality congestion mitigation program. The program, if funded, will be completed by the end of 2024.
The Grants Program is a federal aid program administered by WYDOT as a means of funding the clean-up of impacted industrial roads across the country.Dust removal work is being done through the application of thousands of tons of calcium chloride to affected dirt roads in the county.
If WYDOT funding is approved, Sheridan County will provide the remaining $ 81,200 for the $ 406,000 project, according to County Engineer Ken Muller.
Sheridan County has a long history of participating in the program, according to Commission Chairman Nick Siddle, and it helps maintain the quality of the county’s roads.
“Living on a county road that gets control not only is dust control, but it really improves the road surface and helps keep the roads in much better condition,” Siddle said. “It also really preserves the road surface, so it’s a great product and a great thing for our county. “
Commissioners approved a $ 108,703 contract with Wagner Ranch Services, LLC to create two new trailhead parking lots for the Red Grade Trails system.
Parking lots will be located near the Bear Gulch Trail and in areas of Poverty Flats where new trails are currently being developed, according to County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller.
Obermueller said the signage would limit the use of parking lots to passenger vehicles and the use of trailers would not be allowed.
Under the contract, Wagner Ranch Services will complete the project by June 30, 2022 or earlier.