Council Denies Highland Park Rezone

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(Photo Ron Richter ©)
(Photo Ron Richter ©)

The Sheridan City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Ordinance #2187, a request to rezone the Old Highland Park Elementary School property from R-1 Residence to R-3 Residence was denied by the City Council on a vote of 4-3. Councilors Rich Bridger, Patrick Henderson, Kelly Gooch, and Mayor Roger Miller voted against the rezone, with all four of them saying that they weren’t necessarily against the project that was being proposed, but that they would like to see property owner Jim Bede bring the proposal back in the form of a Planned Unit Development.

Bede was requesting the rezone so that he could construct 14, two-bedroom apartments within the current building, and build 8 single-car garages and 21 carports on the east side of the building. Mayor Miller had this to say following the no vote.

After the deciding vote was cast by Mayor Miller, there was some confusion as to the ordinance moving forward for a second reading, despite failing to pass on first reading. Councilman Alex Lee caught the mishap before the Council moved on to the next agenda item.

Councilman Lee said that he would be in favor of expediting the PUD process to keep the proposed project moving forward. The rest of the Council and the Mayor agreed with Lee’s suggestion if it is something that the developer would like to pursue. Other business from the Council meeting included first reading approval of an ordinance establishing regulations for mobile vendors within the City; approval of a contract with Watch Guard for the purchase of 30 Body Worn Cameras in the amount of $71,687, and the approval of a Public Records Request Policy. We’ll have more from the Council meeting in future stories.

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