The Natrona County Commission approved the request by True Drilling LLC to build a four-story office tower at its headquarters on north poplar street at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The commission also approved a new policy to pre-employment drug-test policy, an agreement to work with other counties for wild land fire fighting, and an agreement to share electrical inspectors with some of the towns in the county.

The commission's only public hearing was for the zoning variance request by True Drilling to build a four-story building with a helispot.

While it will be twice as tall as the surrounding buildings, it will appear joined to an existing building and it will not substantially block the view of Casper Mountain from nearby structures.
The county's Planning and Zoning Commission approved the request in April.

The project's chief architect James Holloway was the only person to speak during the public hearing.

After the meeting, Holloway said the process for requesting the variance to build a four-story building went smoothly.

True Drilling soon will obtain a building permit. Construction probably will begin in a month, he added.