The Natrona County Commission approved the creation of a large subdivision west of Casper.

The 117-acre Horse Ranch Acres Subdivision with nine lots ranging from 10 acres to 15 acres will be located at the south end of Eight Mile Road.

LJN Enterprises of Casper is the applicant and the owners are Thomas and Kade Walters. Thomas Walters is the representative for House District 38.

The county's Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the request at its Jan. 12 meeting.

However, another land use request that had been denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission was again denied by the Natrona County Commission.

John and Maria Antonovich had applied for a conditional use permit to allow light agriculture in an urban residential zoning district.

The Antonoviches wanted to keep horses on their property at 4068 Monument Road, which is in the Red Butte subdivision between Wyoming Highway 220 and the North Platte River west of South Robertson Road.

But the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the request at its Jan. 12 meeting, saying it would change the character of the neighborhood. At least eight neighbors wrote letters to the county's planning department objecting to the conditional use permit request.

The county commissioners agreed with the denial.

They also agreed to table the signing of a 25-year memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the management of the Pathfinder, Alcova and Gray Reef reservoirs.

The bureau owns the reservoirs and the immediate surrounding shorelines where thousands of fun-seekers camp, swim, picnic, rent cabin and trailer spaces, rent boat slips, and shop, drink and eat at the marinas. The agreement historically requires the county to charge for these amenities and use those revenues solely to make improvements at the reservoirs.

County Attorney Heather Duncan-Malone said the commissioners generally agreed with the agreement, but wanted to take a closer look at some of the wording before approving it at its meeting Feb. 16.

In other business, the commission appointed Scott Sissman and Reed Merschat, and re-appointed Bryce Row, to the Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board, which oversees the development of the former Amoco refinery and tank farm properties.
The commission also appointed Amanda Sewell to the Hall of Justice/Detention Center Joint Powers Board.

The City of Casper also has approved those appointments.