City approves annexation on northwest side

SHERIDAN — Members of Sheridan City Council unanimously approved the annexation of 57.48 acres into city limits at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday. The land is located at the intersection of West Fifth Street and Mydland Road, west of the fairgrounds.
The land is comprised of the old Sheridan Country Club clubhouse and golf course. It is proposed to be developed as a Planned Unit Development with a section for large estate homes, a section for patio homes and a B-1 Business section that is currently owned by Grace Anglican Church, which meets in the old clubhouse.

The annexation will require three readings for final approval, with the third reading to be held July 1. Included with the annexation ordinance was a rezone of the 57.48 acres as Planned Unit Development. The City Council also approved the conceptual plan and conceptual design report for the Sheridan Links PUD. Council will consider the subdivision final plat at the third reading of the annexation ordinance.

The proposed development will divide the acreage into 20 tracts, 12 lots and five outlots. According to a staff report by city Planning Director Robert Briggs, the development will be comprised of three sections.

The church section will be one lot of approximately five acres with access off Fifth Street. It will be zoned B-1 Business and is currently owned by Grace Anglican Church.

Briggs said churches are allowed in any zone, but staff felt that B-1 was most consistent with the businesses and offices in the area.

The church plans to use the old clubhouse for the forseeable future, but council members were reminded that the property could be re-sold and developed as B-1 with a restaurant, bank, office building or similar developments.

The clustered patio home section will consist of four residential lots and an open space outlot and will include up to six units to be built as detached homes or attached patio homes. It will be zoned R-3 Residential and will be approximately five acres. A new roadway will be built from Mydland Road for access. It will terminate in a cul-de-sac in the patio home section.

The estate lots section will consist of up to 15 large estate tracts ranging in size from 1.4 to two acres on the south end of the development. It will include two open space outlots, a communal outlot for neighborhood amenities and a series of buffer lots which will be offered for sale to adjoining property owners.

“The estate lots are designed to be a rural setting in the city,” Briggs said.

A private road — Old Course Way — will provide access to the estate section. It will be maintained by a homeowner’s association but will be built wide enough to be made into a public street in the future if needed.

Councilor Kristin Kelly noted that a couple adjacent landowners have expressed concern about the purchase of the buffer lots.
“None of the landowners are against the development. I think this particular development will be well done,” Kelly said. “I think some of them understood there would be an opportunity to purchase property to provide a buffer green space behind their houses so that it wouldn’t be developed. But then I’ve heard it’s going to be an easement, so I think right now the developer needs to define those with those homeowners a little better. I think a lot of them are wanting more of a title than an easement, or if they get an easement, they need to understand what that is. I personally don’t think they should pay for an easement, but that’s what I’m working on to make sure I address my constituents’ concerns.”

If the Sheridan Links PUD is approved, installation of city utilities is expected to begin in July, said Ryan Christensen with Ridgepoint Consulting. Construction on homes can begin once utilities are installed.

There were no public comments regarding the Sheridan Links PUD.
In other business:

• City Council approved an eight mill property tax for fiscal year 2014, which is the most allowed by state statute and is what the city typically approves, according to city Clerk Scott Badley. The mill levy will raise approximately $1.2 million for the general fund.

• City Council approved a bid award of $252,730 to Fletcher Construction for paving the Mavrakis Pond access road and parking area. Funding will come from a CWSRF grant and Optional One-Cent Sales Tax funds. The paving will use a new technology called porous paving which allows water to pass through easier and will filter out sand and silt before water reaches the pond.

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