Highland Park Rezone Discussed at Study Session

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

A request to rezone the old Highland Park Elementary School in Sheridan was discussed Monday night at a study session of the Sheridan City Council. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

The owners of the the former Highland Park Elementary School, JFL Land Company of Sheridan, are requesting a rezone of the property from R-1 Residence to R-3 Residence to allow for 14, two-bedroom apartments to be constructed within the current building on Avon Street in Sheridan.

The owner is also proposing to build 8 single-car garages and 21 carports on the east side of the building. As part of the request to rezone the property, City staff sent notice to the 68 property owners within 300 feet of the building. The City Planning Commission, at their March 26 meeting, recommended approval to the City Council of the rezone request by a vote of 5-2. Over a dozen homeowners adjacent to the building spoke out against the rezone at the planning meeting, citing increased traffic, density, and noise, as the main issues with the rezone.

City Community Development Director Brian Craig briefed the Council on the results of a traffic study that was performed by Steamboat Technical Services.

The rezone request will come before the Council in the form of an ordinance, which will require the Council’s approval three separate times before it takes effect. It is anticipated that the Council will consider the ordinance on first reading at their next regularly scheduled meeting on April 16.


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