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SHERIDAN — A year ago, a proposed development on the corner of Brundage Lane and Big Horn Avenue received significant opposition from nearby neighbors and was eventually tabled. That same piece of land is likely to be proposed for development again, but this time the approach is different.
Developer Ron Patterson is seeking to build on the property, which belongs to Kim Love, but he has sought input from nearby neighbors first and broached the idea at a work session with the Sheridan Planning Commission Monday before applying to develop.
City Planning and Development Director Robert Briggs said five nearby residents attended the work session and expressed general approval of Patterson’s proposal.
“The general feeling is that everybody is more satisfied than what we saw a little over a year ago,” Briggs said, adding that there are a few details still that need to be worked out.
Patterson is proposing a development with about half the density of the previously proposed development.
At this point, Patterson has envisioned 12 single-family homes immediately adjacent to the residential neighborhood of Colony South on the property’s north end.
The center of the development, moving southward, will include eight duplex housing units, and the southern edge nearest Brundage Lane and Big Horn Avenue will likely include 16 two-story town homes split into four separate units.
Patterson said he would likely propose rezoning the land adjacent to Colony South to R-1 Residential, which limits development to single family homes, and the rest of the development would be zoned planned unit development.
Details that have yet to be cleared up include a partial vacation of public land and right of way to accommodate proposed open space and variances to allow a 25-foot backyard setback and a 20-foot front yard setback on the single family homes, which is opposite of the usual 20-foot backyard and 25-foot front yard setbacks.
Backyard setbacks, building height, development density and traffic were primary concerns of nearby residents on the previously proposed development.
At this point, Patterson will need to submit an application for the development and begin the process of receiving needed variances and Planning Commission and City Council approval.
In other business, during the regular meeting, the Planning Commission:
• voted to recommend approval for the Cloud Peak Ranch 16th filing subdivision final plat, which will divide 7.5 acres of land into 24 lots and five outlots to be zoned R-1 residential at the intersection of Mydland Road and Dome Drive. Briggs said there was little discussion of the matter since commissioners were familiar with the proposed development.
• voted to recommend approval for an ordinance that will amend city code regarding parking regulations.
Briggs said parking regulations were added to city code in the mid-1970s and have not been updated since. The city would like to update the code to revise the parking table to include now-common parking needs for sports and health clubs, senior housing and more. This will introduce common parking uses that are presently excluded in code and bring the regulations up to date.
Changes to the code will also clarify the need for off-street parking in new developments and allow for formatting, grammar and stylistic changes.
The Commission also recommended that city staff look into reducing the length of parking spaces from 22 feet to 20 feet, which would provide more room in parking lot aisles to allow for easier maneuvering into spaces.
City Council will consider these items Sept. 2.
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