Community Center Proposal Fails

Efforts have failed for a permit that would have allowed a community center at the Big Horn Y.

Sheridan County commissioners Tuesday voted 3 to 2 against a motion to grant a conditional use permit. The permit was sought by the Sheridan County School District 1 Recreation District, which bought the land formerly occupied by the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.

The district hoped to build a 7,000-square-foot community center on the site to serve the community of Big Horn. Commissioner Bob Rolston moved to approve the permit, and he and Commission Chairman Terry Cram voted in favor of the motion. But commissioners Mike Nickel, Tom Ringley and Steve Maier cast the nay votes. Nickel summed up his feelings, and the issues facing the board in making a decision.

Supporters and opponents of the permit packed the commission boardroom. Opponents said the proposed site was in the wrong place, about four miles from Big Horn and the schools there, and that the location on the highway was dangerous. Residents near the proposed facility said the building would detract from their property values and quality of life.

The permit request came before the county planning and zoning board on July 2. That board recommended that county commissioners deny the application.

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