The Sheridan City Council held a work session on the future of parks and open space and how they will interact with ongoing land development. The City is currently in the process of annexing over 500 acres west of Sheridan and the developer of the Cloud Peak Ranch has concerns about how “open space” requirements are calculated. Public Works Director Nic Bateson says that the City must work within state guidelines to create the City regulations.
The Cloud Peak Ranch annexation is the first project where these issues are addressed at the time of annexation versus waiting for the subdivision process.
Mayor Dave Kinskey says that the current obstacles the City faces deal more with funding than finding available land. The City Council will consider the annexation again at a future meeting when the ordinance will be considered on its third and final reading. The City will also begin updating ordinances that more specifically identify pathways, open spaces and parkland.