Local B&B Released from Parking Restrictions

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The subject of a parking restriction on a local bed and breakfast on Thurmond street in Sheridan caused much conversation during Monday’s Sheridan City Council meeting.

During the meeting, council made the decision to lift parking restrictions and covenants placed on Residence Hill Bed and Breakfast, owned by Beverly and Rob Bernard and located on 450 S. Thurmond Street. However, the ongoing issue of parking on the street and zoning has been the subject of local concern and legal action since 2011.

The business was granted a special exemption for their parking by the Sheridan Board of Adjustment in 2012, which was later overturned by district court after neighbors, Tim and Carol Tarver, who live on the street objected citing safety concerns. However, that same year the Bernard's applied for the exemption again, and the board approved it with the requirement they enter in an agreement with the city.

Among other restrictions, the “Parking Restrictions and Covenants Agreement” between the city and the Bernard's required them to have specified off-street parking spaces. This was once again challenged by the Tarver, though both the district court and the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld the decision.

City Planner Robert Briggs, who recommended the council approve the motion to lift the restrictions, said the issue once again came up with the city’s passing of the ordinance 2149 on the subject of parking and zoning last year. He said that, until last year, there were no hard provisions on the books for bed and breakfast parking in a residential district, and with the new ordinance that outlined clear parking requirements, the restrictions on the Bernard’s business became redundant.

In 2014, the Tarver's complained that the Bernard's broke the covenants and restrictions they agreed upon in 2012. Taking into account the neighbor’s complaint, the board of adjustment tabled the request and forwarded it to the council to decide. Briggs said city staff looked into the issue conducting surveys and asking residents how they felt about the issue.

Legal representation for the Tarver family, Jeremy Kisling, came before council asking they not release the parking restrictions for the business, as his clients felt there were restrictions in the agreement that are not included in the ordinance.

Owner Rob Bernard came before the council to explain that he and his wife have had thousands of guests, and they have never broke the restrictions placed on their business.

Councilman Kelly Gooch said he’d vote to release the parking restrictions, stating it would set a precedent for street parking he isn't comfortable with. Though, he added a motion that would still limit parking on Thurmond. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous, though three council members were absent.


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