County OKs McMeans subdivision

SHERIDAN — County commissioners approved the McMeans Conservation Subdivision located west of Dayton along the Tongue River at their meeting Tuesday. The subdivision is the first of its kind in Sheridan County.

A conservation subdivision designates a substantial portion of its land — at least 70 percent — as permanently protected open space while homes are located on the remainder of the site to maximize protection of natural and/or cultural resources.

The subdivision will include three residential lots on approximately 13 acres and two conservation parcels that comprise 83 percent of the total land area at nearly 67 acres. Water rights are being reapportioned and concerns about property boundaries were addressed with placement of survey monument markers.

“The goal is to preserve our open spaces, and this is just another way to do that in the development business, so we encourage it, and we’re glad we finally had one happen,” Commissioner Tom Ringley said.

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