Commission Considers Zoning Change For Ranch Request Despite Objections
The Natrona County Commission will vote on a proposed zoning change to a portion of Sen. Charlie Scott's (R-Casper) ranch, despite a recommendation to the contrary, at its meeting in the old courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Last month, the county's advisory Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of 9.3 acres of the Bates Creek Cattle Co. southeast of Wyoming highways 220 and 487 from Ranching, Agriculture, Mining (RAM) to Suburban Residential 2 (SR-2).
But the Planning and Zoning Commission did so over the objection of its development department staff.
Specifically, Planning and Zoning Commission said the land and surrounding area has changed enough that the public interest would be served by a redevelopment of the area, according to the agenda for the meeting.
But the department reported the proposal runs counter to the county’s 1998 land plan, which did not recommend residential growth in the area.
If the need for residential development in the area was necessary then, the area would have been rezoned for that purpose, according to the development department.
"No other evidence supporting a change in land has been submitted," according to the department's report.
Besides the proposed zoning change, the Natrona County Commission will consider a liquor license application for the Black Gold Grill that it tabled at its Feb. 17 meeting.
It also is scheduled to authorize a contract for a drainage project at Lakeshore Drive, a grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation for a highway safety program, and contracts for maintenance services for the Hall of Justice, Townsend Justice Center and the old courthouse.