SHERIDAN — A handful of nearby residents continue to protest the planned unit development located off Woodland Park Road and Coffeen Avenue, but the Sheridan City Council approved the second reading of the zone change Monday evening.
Woodland Creek Estates LLC proposes 26 patio homes or duplex units and 25 single-family homes on approximately 14 acres. Lot sizes range from approximately 3,400 square feet for the smallest patio home lot to more than 14,000 square feet for the largest single-family home site.
Many of the same individuals who spoke at the last Council meeting again emphasized traffic and flooding concerns to go along with the consistent undercurrent of simply not wanting a large development near their rural lots.
“I hope that this doesn’t go through,” one resident said. “If somebody wanted to build two or three houses back there on that piece of property like everybody else has got, I don’t think anybody in this room would be [opposed] to it. But not 51.”
While residents and councilors alike want to see traffic and drainage studies — both of which the developers are working on — the PUD and preliminary plat is only the first step in the process. Those engineering documents and a final plat typically come to the city for approval at a later time.
Because of the number of concerns, however, the developers promised councilors they would provide the traffic study prior to the next meeting on Oct. 5.
Councilors Jesus Rios and Alex Lee acknowledged residents’ apprehensions regarding traffic and drainage and promised a thorough review.
“With all the concerns we’ve heard tonight, I don’t think it’s fair to dismiss or excuse an opportunity to see a drainage plan,” Rios said. “That has to be something that we see, and we’ll be critical of it. I’ll be critical of it.”
Councilor Thayer Shafer said the onus is on the developer to create a plan that satisfies city requirements. Earlier in the meeting, City Engineer Lane Thompson pointed out historic water flows must be maintained. In other words, Woodland Creek Estates LLC can’t divert water onto a nearby property and forget about it, a fear of many attendees.
“Yes, we’re putting in houses, but we’re also putting in streets with curb and gutter and a way to convey that water to a detention area and hold that for the allotted time to release it at the historical rate,” Mc2 Engineering representative Megan Crow said. “That all gets taken care of with this drainage study.”
Shafer also stated that section of Coffeen Avenue, technically U.S. Highway 87 at that location, belongs to the state, meaning the city cannot take action to alleviate traffic concerns other than petitioning the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
The PUD ordinance could pass its third and final reading at the Oct. 5 meeting of the Sheridan City Council.