The Sheridan County Comprehensive Plan was formally adopted in December of 2008. While the plan was being put together, the County took notice that there was a lot of public input to protect the riparian areas in Sheridan County. Several years later, a committee was formed to establish an amendment to the County's zoning regulations regarding riparian areas.
The County is currently taking public comment on the proposed amendment, which states that any buildable lot adjacent to a stream shall be subject to a 50 foot riparian buffer, as measured from the ordinary high water mark or defined stream bank. Commissioner Steve Maier says that there are a number of benefits to having a riparian buffer zone.
Commissioner Bob Rolston states that there seems to be a misconception that the zoning amendment is already a done deal.
Commissioners will be taking public input on the proposed riparian management amendment through August 14th. The County's Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a public hearing on the issue at their regularly scheduled meeting August 1st.
There will also be a public hearing held at the regular meeting of the County Commissioners August 20th.