Agriculture supply chain plans to build on E. Brundage Lane

SHERIDAN — A new store is on its way to being added to the entryway corridor along Brundage Lane after the Sheridan Planning Commission voted 5-0 Monday to recommend approval of some alterations to the building that didn’t meet city code.

Sheridan City Council will consider the building changes at a meeting later this summer.

Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retail chain in America with more than 1,300 stores in 48 states, has plans to build a store between the Maverick Country Store gas station and Days Inn on Brundage Lane west of I-90. The store will sell items for livestock, equine and pet care; hardware, tools and maintenance equipment for agricultural equipment; rural lifestyle clothing and gifts; and seasonal outdoor lawn and garden items.

Under Ordinance 2124, which was amended last year and outlines processes for development in Sheridan’s entryway corridors, the Tractor Supply Co. would have been reviewed administratively if it had met all the design standards, Planning and Development Director Robert Briggs said.

However, the company’s proposed plan for the site, landscaping and building design did not meet code in six areas. City staff worked through a revised design with the company, but three areas remained that the company requested be approved for alternative compliance, which must be granted by the Planning Commission and City Council.

The building will be situated on a 2.98-acre parcel and will be approximately 19,000 square feet in size. It will also feature an outdoor display area and a shed for forage sales.

The design of the building does not meet the requirement that 20 percent of the primary facade consist of openings such as windows or doors. To accommodate, Tractor Supply Co. has proposed vertical bands of a contrasting color of construction material to “break up” the solid-colored building and awning that will run the length of the store.

Briggs told the Planning Commission that they needed to decide if color variation in the vertical bands will meet approval as a facade opening.

Tractor Supply Co. also requested approval for a reduction in the number of trees to be planted and for an exemption from foundation plantings of shrubs near the building.

The landscape design engineer for Tractor Supply Co. said the expansive clay soil in the area that will be required to be watered through irrigation by city code will hold too much water in the area near the building’s foundation, causing the potential for foundation damage. The Planning Commission agreed with this analysis.

The landscape engineer also said the requirement for one deciduous and one evergreen tree for every 4,000 square feet, a total of 66 trees, could not be supported in the available landscaping space. A total of 40 trees has been proposed that will still shield the building.

Tractor Supply Co. hopes to begin construction this summer.

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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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