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City OKs Sheridan Links development on final reading

SHERIDAN — Members of Sheridan City Council approved on third and final reading the annexation of approximately 57 acres on the corner of West Fifth Street and Mydland Road into city limits. Council members also approved the final plat for the Sheridan Links Planned Unit Development planned for the newly annexed land.

The development is slated for what used to be the Sheridan Country Club golf course and clubhouse. It will include three sections: a business section along West Fifth Street on land containing the old clubhouse that is currently owned by Grace Anglican Church, a patio home section and a section for large estate-style homes on the southern half of the old golf course.

Council members amended the development agreement before approving the final plat. Ammendments included two items. The developer will be required to include 10-foot wide pathways within the development and connecting the development to the Sheridan pathway system on Mydland Road and the pathways must be roughed in with road base during the first phase of development.

The original final plat had a 5-foot sidewalk connecting the 10-foot pathway that will run along the patio homes section to the pathway on Mydland Road.

Mayor Dave Kinskey said he would prefer that all pathways be 10 feet wide for the sake of continuity.

“Our code used to require 5-foot sidewalks. As it turns out, that’s not really a whole lot of space for joggers, runners or baby stroller pushers,” Kinskey said. “Ten-foot is the standard for pathways, so some years ago we changed our code saying, ‘We’re not going to require sidewalks; we’re going to require that you give us a plan for pedestrian access, which gives the developers the ability to say, ‘Here’s a pathway, and as long as I’m putting the pathway, I don’t need a sidewalk.’

“When I see a five-foot sidewalk connecting two 10-foot pathway sections, it’s just a little bit awkward and staff should have just asked for a 10-foot section to connect it,” Kinskey continued.

The first phase of development will be on the old course phase slated for large estate homes. It is proposed to be finished by Dec. 31, 2013.

In other business, council members approved on first reading an ordinance to amend Sheridan City Code to allow for larger signage for non-residential buildings in R-3 zoning districts.

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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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