City Council OKs large annexation, tables rezone to further compromise

SHERIDAN — Members of Sheridan City Council tabled a rezone request for approximately 2.28 acres north of the Mydland Road and Dome Drive intersection to allow the developer and concerned residents in the adjacent Traditions neighborhood more time to work out a compromise on key aspects of the proposed design.

The Cloud Peak Ranch 16 rezone would zone a portion of the proposed development from R-1 to R-3 to match the remainder of the property. However, concern has been expressed by nearby residents who feel the proposed development will have higher density and less open space than they originally thought would be built when they bought their properties and were told the entire neighborhood around Meadowlark Elementary School would be a higher scale, master planned community.

The developer and residents have reached a compromise on some aspects of the design, including no road between the new development and the Traditions neighborhood and building height, but not on other aspects such as lot density and arrangement.

The matter will be tabled until the next City Council meeting.

City Council also passed on first reading the Wrench Ranch II annexation of approximately 264 acres into city limits. The annexed land would be zoned gateway, higher education and R-3 residential to allow for the proposed Sheridan College Large Animal Science Facility and the proposed headquarters of the First People’s Center for Education.

Councilor Levi Dominguez voted against the annexation because he felt the city’s low staff numbers may not be adequate to provide water, maintenance, fire, EMS and police services to such a large annexation on the far northern edge of town.

The annexation ordinance will require two more readings to pass.

Read more about Monday’s City Council meeting, including additional business, in Tuesday’s edition of The Sheridan Press.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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