County Amends Floodplain Regulations

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County Commissioner Terry Cram, right, gets animated during a discussion of proposed new floodplain regulations Tuesday. At left is Commission Chairman Steve Maier. (Photo by Pat Blair)
County Commissioner Terry Cram, right, gets animated during a discussion of proposed new floodplain regulations Tuesday. At left is Commission Chairman Steve Maier. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County Commissioners amended proposed flood plain regulations Tuesday (Dec. 3), and will consider adopting the document at their meeting on Dec. 17.

Commission Chairman Steve Maier discussed the amendments after Tuesday's meeting.

The commission chairman said the base-plus-one amendment requires residents within one mile of the city of Sheridan to build any structures in a floodplain at least 1 foot higher than called for in the 100-year flood level.

Former County Commissioner George Meredith voiced concerns that the floodplain regulations constitute a “taking” of residents' private property, because the regulations set limits on how a landowner can use the land. But the current commission chairman said the county has regulated floodplain use since the 1980s. He said the floodplain regulations are necessary so residents can purchase federal flood insurance.

Also at their meeting Tuesday, commissioners re-approved licenses for 2014 for 11 mobile home parks in the county, and approved a quarry permit for Wolf Creek State Land near Dayton. The applicant is the Wyoming Office of State Lands & Investments. The state lands board proposes to mine, screen and crush gravel for production of plant mix pavement and crushed base for several upcoming Wyoming Department of Transportation projects.

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