At Thursday's meeting, the Sheridan County Planning & Zoning Commission gave approval to the first ever conservation subdivision. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
All four members of the Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the McMeans Conservation Subdivision just west of Dayton for approval – and some commissioners said it was a historic moment for the board. This was the first time the commission dealt with a type of a subdivision where conservation of open space, rather than development of it, is not just recommended; it's a requirement.
Sheridan County Planner, Mark Reid, explains.
Micheal and Vicky McMeans applied to subdivide 80.22 acres of land that while un-platted, is currently zoned for agricultural use. Before the county planning commission on Thursday was their proposal to create three residential lots and a single, separate conservation tract. Reid says with any conservation subdivision, 70 percent of the total land to be developed must be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
And the McMeans family agreed to set aside 89 percent of the entire property for that type of future use. The commission's unanimous recommendation for approval will be passed on next to the Town of Dayton for consideration by its council, then followed by consideration by the Sheridan County Commissioners.