The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday night on proposed amendments to the County's building standards resolution. In April of this year, the County Commissioners instructed staff to draft a resolution amending the building standards and to hold a series of public meetings to receive input on those amendments. The amendments to the building standards give the County more control in regulating any perceived health and safety issues related to new construction in the outlying areas of the County, and would require staff to perform inspections prior to issuing building permits.
The Commission approved the amendments to the building standards on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Jeremy Smith and Steve Pearce both voted against the changes, and Smith explains that the public's concerns played a role in his nay vote.
Many of the concerns that were expressed by the public were that the new regulations on outlying areas would be an unfair financial burden on those looking to build their own home. While addressing the Commission, Shirley Weidt compared the changes to communism and said that there needs to be less governmental control, not more. The amendments to the County's building standards will now go before the Sheridan County Commissioners at one of their upcoming meetings.