Part of the Sheridan County Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 2008 calls for conservation of agricultural lands and encourages clustered development on lots smaller than 35 acres. The long range comprehensive plan also recommends changing the minimum lot size in the agricultural zoning district from 35 acres to 80 acres per dwelling unit. Over the past six months, the County has been working with the public on several amendments that encourage developers to dedicate more open space in their subdivisions. County Planner Mark Reid explains.
Reid says that the proposed Conservation Design Subdivision option also will offer several “bonuses.”
County officials held an open house Monday night to unveil the amendments to the County's current rules and regulations in regards to zoning. Reid said that all of the comments from the open house will be taken into consideration, and that there will most likely be a couple of public hearings this fall before a final draft is presented to the County Commissioners for consideration.