DAYTON — The first conservation subdivision to be considered in Wyoming was approved by Dayton Town Council at its regular meeting Wednesday.
The McMeans subdivision, owned by Michael and Vicky McMeans, was approved by the county planning and zoning commission May 2. With approval from Dayton Town Council, it will now be considered by the Sheridan County Commissioners in June.
More than 20 people filled Dayton Town Hall council chambers.
“We had a public comment period already over the last 60 to 90 days,” councilman Norm Anderson said. “I was surprised to see this many people here tonight, but they just wanted to see how things were going down.”
The proposed McMeans Conservation Subdivision is an 80.22-acre property that hugs the Tongue River west of Dayton. It is traversed by Tongue Canyon Road (County Road #92) and will include three residential lots ranging in size from 2.2 to 4.17 acres and one conservation parcel of nearly 70 acres.
A conservation subdivision is a residential subdivision that dedicates at least 70 percent of its area as permanently protected open space to protect natural and cultural amenities while allowing for limited development.
During prior public comment periods, frustration was expressed by Dayton residents about uncertain boundary lines and the loss of public fishing access to the Tongue River. Changes have been made to establish the river as a boundary and to ensure that an official boundary marker will take the place of a fence post that currently marks a corner boundary.
“There were a lot of misunderstandings. We were ill-informed of what was actually happening on some stuff,” Anderson said. “But we finally got on the same page.”
After hearing from Anderson that the Dayton Planning Commission meeting regarding the preliminary plat for the subdivision went well Tuesday night, Town Council members unanimously approved the preliminary plat.
The Dayton Town Council then considered the final plat for the proposed McMeans subdivision. It was approved with the condition that Tongue Canyon Road be marked on the plat map as a solid line, not a dotted line, to clearly delineate the road as county property. The road will not be included in the conservation section of the subdivision, which will decrease the acreage of the conservation section by a little over 4 acres, Anderson said.
In other business:
• Dayton Town Council approved the first reading of its fiscal year 2014 budget with a few changes. Park repairs and maintenance were decreased to $5,000 from $25,000 since last year’s budget included repairing a bell that was damaged when hit by a car. The swimming pool budget was decreased from $10,000 to $5,000 since the boiler was repaired last year and the funds would not be needed this year.
• The council approved spending $8,000 for a new lawn mower since an old mower recently broke down.