Planning Commission Tables Skyview West PUD

Planning Commission Tables Skyview West PUD (Photo by Chris Foy)
Planning Commission Tables Skyview West PUD (Photo by Chris Foy)

At their Monday night meeting, the Sheridan Planning Commission decided to table a rezone request for the Skyview West Planned Unit Development. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy was there and has the story.

There wasn't a spare seat in all of council chambers. Sheridan residents packed City Hall in an attempt to convince the planning commission to put off or deny altogether a request to approve the conceptual design and plan for a 75-unit rental housing project called Skyview West. Ultimately, the commissioners tabled the request until their next meeting, citing the need for more information and discussion.

Planning and Development Director for the City, Robert Briggs, says the project has a history that began more than a decade ago. He says there was a discrepancy in the zoning map that didn't match the zoning ordinance for which had been approved.

The item went to district court for clarification and a declaratory judgment was made stating the City must consider the property zoned residential - R-3. Briggs explains what happened next.

The petition and district court judgment came before the city council in May of 2011, and the property owner - Kim Love with Phoenix Limited Partners - responded by modifying the project to a Planned Unit Development, which Briggs explains as somewhat of a "floating zone."

Audience members at Monday's meeting took issue with a few items, from the likelihood of increased traffic and decreased safety for kids in the area, a lack of privacy between the units, possible decreases in property values - some even said the whole process has been unfair.

Nel Dahmke, a property owner who lives adjacent to Skyview West, says she's worried if the PUD request is approved, the petition will be nullified.

Briggs says the zoning of the development can be revisited despite the declaratory judgment, meaning it doesn't have to stay zoned R-3.

One of the final audience members to speak during the public comment period, Jack Smith, a resident who lives near Skyview West, addressed the planning commission saying they should consider the perspective of the neighbors.

The planning commission tabled the item, meaning they'll revisit consideration of the rezone of Skyview West to a PUD at their next meeting.

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Nel Dahmke, a property owner who lives adjacent to Skyview West, addresses the planning commission. (Photo by Chris Foy)

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