Planning Commission splits vote on development near Highland Park School

Sheridan Planning Commission members voted unanimously to rezone 2.28 acres on the Cloud Peak Ranch development located east of Featherbed Lane near Highland Park Elementary School from R-1 residential to R-3 residential but split votes, with four for and two against, on the development proposed for the parcel that would total 5.38 acres of land zoned R-3.

The proposed development consisted of 22 residential lots and five outlots that would be developed around a loop road that would connect with Dome Drive on the southeast end of the development and Featherbed Lane on the west for two access points. The rezone was passed with the condition that houses be limited to two story, single family units. The rezone to R-3 was needed to allow for smaller lots sizes and houses than are allowed in R-1 zoning, according to Planning and Development Director Robert Briggs.

Four of the seven residents in the Traditions neighborhood on Featherbed Lane adjacent to the proposed development were present at the meeting. Primary concerns expressed were about the density of the proposed project and the possibility of increased traffic on Featherbed Lane, which the Traditions homeowners association pays to maintain. Residents also worried that people may use the road through the neighborhoods to circumvent the nearby school zone.

In the voice vote, four members voted to approve the preliminary plat and two voted against, but it was unclear who voted which way, so a roll call vote was called. In the roll call vote, two board members – Jason Szewc and Thayer Shafer – switched their vote from their previous vote but the total remained the same with four for and two against.

In other business, the planning commission unanimously voted to approve the final plat for the Sheridan Links planned unit development near West Fifth Street and Mydland Road that will be a mixture of patio homes and large estate lots.

Read more about this story 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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