Commissioners Approve Lot Size Variance Near Clearmont

Sheridan County Commission Chairman Terry Cram, left, and Commissioner Bob Rolston. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan County Commission Chairman Terry Cram, left, and Commissioner Bob Rolston. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 4) approved a variance that will allow a couple to build a house on land near Clearmont even though the lot is nearly half the size called for in county regulations. John and Kathy Cattles bought a lot just over 40 acres on the southeast side of Clear Creek – then discovered after the purchase that county regulations set 80 acres as the minimum size on which a residence can be built. The Cattles requested a variance from county regulations – a request denied by the county planning and zoning board.

Paul Auzqui, who sold the land to the Cattles, told commissioners during their meeting yesterday that none of the people who live in the area object to the Cattles' request. He told commissioners why the Cattles bought land that didn't conform to county regulations, and the importance of the variance to the nearby town of Clearmont.

John Cattle later said the county regulation set up a unique situation, adding that the norm for rural lot sizes elsewhere in Wyoming is 40 acres for residential buildings.

Commissioner Steve Maier moved that the lot variance be approved, adding he was sympathetic to the situation. He said the change to an 80-acre lot requirement in the county was fairly recently. Commissioner Tom Ringley called the situation a “perfect storm” of a lack of information. Commissioners voted 5 to zero to approve the variance.

In other action yesterday, commissioners approved a conditional use permit for Robert and Joan Ligocki to establish a private cemetery on their land above Wildcat Creek about 75 feet south of Upper Cat Road. Total area of the cemetery is 2,300 square feet.

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