A cumbersome code

A cumbersome code
Re: Riparian anmendment

The Sheridan County Commissioners are asking for public comment on the proposed “riparian code” amendment.

This code will encumber the unincorporated areas of the county with new regulations. The code will establish a buffer on “any buildable lot adjacent to a stream” … and … “shall be subject to a 50-foot riparian buffer, as measured from the ordinary high water mark or defined stream bank whichever will result in less potential disturbance, except the county may enlarge any portion of the buffer zone distance…”

I question the definition in code that states … “except the county may enlarge any portion of the buffer zone distance.” “How large” the buffer regulation is not specific, but interpretive as to much land is prohibited from development by the landowner. The riparian regulation is an administrative taking, the property owner is denied use of the land without compensation.
Further the riparian code does not impose on lands within the city limits of Sheridan. The counties greatest population, 17,000 people live inside the city of Sheridan. The map used to define riparian areas is the ground water venerability to pesticides map provided by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

This map indicates areas of venerability to pesticides. This venerability is greatest east of Interstate 90. The present riparian section back from streams in Sheridan County is 50 feet from the center of the creek.

In Teton County, the riparian area is 100 feet from the established stream bank of the Snake River. This was set into the original zoning.

The cows will stand in the water, the horse corrals will be washed clean with spring floods.
Pesticides will run off the city lots, the deer and antelope will roam and the county planning office will have plenty to do protecting you and everybody else from you.

Vicki Taylor
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