Clarifying the Role of Planned Unit Developments in Sheridan

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Clarifying the Role of Planned Unit Developments in Sheridan
Clarifying the Role of Planned Unit Developments in Sheridan

As we previously reported, the Sheridan City Planning Commission held a special session Monday to work through the ins and out of planned unit developments. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy reports that the planning commissioners and city staff discussed possibly clarifying the PUD ordinance to ensure there's consistency that developers, residents and city officials can count on, as the City of Sheridan continues to grow.

At nearly every meeting of the Sheridan City Planning Commission, the body handles requests related to planned unit developments - or PUDs.

Planning and Development Director for the City, Robert Briggs, explained Monday at the special work session, the planned unit development was designed as an alternative following the end of World War II. He said before that, there were clearly defined residential areas and separate areas for industry and commerce.

As population grows and cities like Sheridan continue to expand, Briggs says while they do have their benefits, current planning philosophy on a national level is that PUDs are not a cure-all when it comes to responsible development.

Briggs says if everything is a case-by-case basis from a planning and city government perspective, there's no consistency. But as he explains PUDs do have their benefits.

And that's why the planning commission held the work session Monday: to discuss not homogenizing every development, but establishing some consistency for the different types of developments.

Briggs shared a document with the planning commission Monday outling areas of the PUD ordinance that could be modified to more clear and focused.

The planning commission will meet next on Monday, May 28 at 7 p.m., in council chambers located on the third floor of City Hall.

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