Public Meetings Set on County Comprehensive Plan

Sheridan County residents and businesses are invited to a series of meetings this week to share their thoughts on how they want Sheridan County to look in the next five years.

Mike Nickel, who's chairman of the Sheridan County commissioners, said the meetings are workshops to gather input from county residents in preparation for an update of the county's 2008 comprehensive plan.

Nickel said the commissioners originally intended to update the plan every five years, and the plan needs to be revisited and updated, but the county was having budget issues five years ago and didn't have the money.

Nickel said commissioners want as many people as possible to attend the meetings and share their thoughts on how they want the county to develop. He said the comprehensive plan serves as a guide for future decisions that will shape the county's land use, economic development, housing and services. The plan is used by the county staff and planning and zoning commission as well as by the commissioners as part of their reviews of development proposals in the county's unincorporated areas.

This week's meetings will all follow the same format: after a brief project description, those attending will break into small groups to answer a few questions about Sheridan County, then reconvene to compile the answers.

A workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Tongue River Valley Community Center in Ranchester. Other workshops will start at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Clearmont School, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Big Horn High School auditorium at at 6 p.m. Thursday in the public meeting room, second floor of the County Courthouse in Sheridan.