After compromise, commission OKs proposed development

SHERIDAN — A proposed development near the Traditions neighborhood on Mydland Road that met with strong opposition a year ago passed through the Sheridan Planning Commission on Monday with no resistance after the developer worked with nearby neighbors to resolve issues of concern.

The Cloud Peak Ranch 16th filing subdivision is proposed to consist of 24 lots for single family homes and five outlots to provide open space on 7.55 acres near the intersection of Dome Drive and Mydland Road. The access to the subdivision will be from Dome Drive.

The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval to City Council of a rezone on the land and also approved the preliminary plat for the subdivision.

The rezone will change 2.67 acres of the subdivision from R-3 residential to R-1 residential, which will limit use to single family homes with a 25-foot setback from the street. Previously, developer Don Roberts had requested that the R-1 portion of the property be rezoned to R-3, which allows apartment buildings and a 15-foot setback.

Roberts had said he did not intend to build apartment buildings, but nearby neighbors in the Traditions neighborhood were still concerned about the potential uses of R-3. They were also concerned about development density with the proposed attached patio style homes and an extension of Featherbed Lane that would have connected the Traditions neighborhood with the new subdivision, potentially increasing traffic on Featherbed Lane.

“The neighbors were concerned that if I kicked the bucket tomorrow, someone would build an apartment complex,” Roberts said at the meeting.

The need for the rezone is the result of the second Cloud Peak Ranch annexation in 2004 in which a “zoning/concept plan” was used to delineate zoning and boundaries for R-1, R-3 and B-1 districts. The zoning plan was conceptual, and as subdivisions have been developed in the area zoning has been adjusted through the public process to match actual design and uses of each subdivision.

Roberts also noted that the neighbors in the Traditions neighborhood requested a fence between the two subdivisions, and he said he plans on installing one. There are no plans to extend Featherbed Lane at this time, although the outlots do line up with Featherbed Lane in width and position.

Planning and Development Director Robert Briggs said the homeowner’s association for the development will manage the outlots and would have to work with the Traditions neighborhood in order to turn them into an extension of Featherbed Lane.

The lots in the new subdivision will range in size from approximately 7,600 square feet to 12,400 square feet.

In other business, the planning commission voted to recommend approval of a vacation of 2,074 square feet of right of way for Loucks Street just west of Highland Avenue. The vacation will allow the property owners and 1039 W. Loucks Street to build a garage on their property.

The total road right of way width after the vacation will be 170-180 feet wide, which city staff say is adequate to contain the state highway and other public needs along the roadway.

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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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