P&Z OKs minor subdivision at Big Horn ‘Y’

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission approved by a three to one vote a minor subdivision located at the Big Horn “Y” at its regular meeting Thursday.

Board member Audrey Brown voted against the subdivision because she said she didn’t think it was necessary.

The property is located at the junction of U.S. Highway 87 and State Highway 332 (Big Horn Avenue). The request was to subdivide 6.54 acres into four commercial lots ranging in size from .7 acre to 2.4 acres. The land is zoned Commercial 1 and the area is designated on the county’s land use map as a commercial center.

The Big Horn Y Convenience Store is located on one of the proposed lots. A retail store occupies the second of the four lots. The developer hopes to clean up the area and add a couple more retail stores that will benefit the nearby community.

One letter was received regarding the subdivision. The developer addressed the concerns it stated by including a central water and sewer system in the design as required since part of the land is located on a Groundwater Protection Area. The developer also stated that property values will not be impacted since no zoning changes are required.

There were no public comments regarding the subdivision at the meeting.

Commissioner Jeremy Smith, who is part of a proposed development of a community center near the intersection, said it would be the height of hypocrisy for him not to vote for the subdivision and commercial developments.

“This is clearly not an agricultural area anymore,” Smith said. “It is on the confluence of two major highways. What do we want it to develop into?”

In other business:

• The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit to establish the Dewey Private Cemetery off Beatty Gulch Road. The cemetery will consist of 10 lots with a parking area and adjoining pathways.

• The commission approved an application from Big Horn Land and Leasing to locate a quarry off East Ridge Road. The property is zoned Industrial 2 and will include 10 acres of land to excavate and stockpile materials needed for construction projects for up to 20 years.

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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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