Commissioners Asked to Return Ramaco Land to Ag Zoning

Brooks Collins asks commissioners to restore Ramaco property to ag zoning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Brooks Collins asks commissioners to restore Ramaco property to ag zoning. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County commissioners have been asked to restore the agricultural zoning on land north of Sheridan that belongs to Ramaco Carbon.

The request came from several county residents Tuesday during the public comment portion of the commissioners' meeting, when people can discuss issues that aren't part of the commissioners' agenda.

The initial request came from Brooks Collins, who said since commissioners rezoned the land to light industrial earlier this year, the situation in the neighborhood has gotten worse.

Also asking for a return to the original zoning was Jill Morrison, executive director of the Powder River Basin Resource Council.

In all, nine people appeared before commissioners expressing dissatisfaction with the commissioners' decision to grant light industrial zoning for the property.

Commissioners approved the hotly contested rezone in March on a 3-2 vote following a public hearing that lasted nearly three hours. The action granted light industrial zoning to a little more than 114 acres fronting on Kleenburn Road.

At the time, those opposed to the proposed rezone cited concerns over loss of agricultural lands, property values and potential threats to wildlife and the water quality of nearby Tongue River.

But the rezone also had supporters who said the rezone, to allow Ramaco Carbon to develop facilities to manufacture products from carbon derived from coal, would lead to an increased tax base and an infusion of jobs into the economy.

Commissioners took no action regarding Ramaco Tuesday, since the item wasn't on their agenda.

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From left, commissioners Tom Ringley and Mike Nickel, and Deputy County Attorney Clint Beaver. (Photo by Pat Blair)
From left, commissioners Tom Ringley and Mike Nickel, and Deputy County Attorney Clint Beaver. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another county resident speaks against current Ramaco zoning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another county resident speaks against current Ramaco zoning. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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