At their Tuesday meeting, the Sheridan County Commissioners approved the first-ever conservation subdivision in the County.
It's a type of development that until now has been unused since it was included in the County's comprehensive plan in 2008. According to county planner, Mark Reid, 70 percent of the gross area of the land must be set aside as open space so Wyoming's natural qualities are preserved.
The commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal from Michael and Vicky McMeans to create three residential lots and a single, separate conservation tract on 80 acres of land currently zoned for agriculture. Commissioner Tom Ringley explains the significance of this development.
Commissioner Bob Rolston shares his thoughts on the move to approve the first conservation tract.
While the required amount of open space to be classified as a conservation subdivision is 70 percent, the McMeans family agreed to forever preserve more than 80 percent as open space.