Sweetwater Station Subdivision zoning discussed at Rock Springs City Council meeting

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ROCK SPRINGS – After receiving several letters in opposition to a zoning amendment which would allow horses in the Sweetwater Station Subdivision, only a history lesson on the creation of the development was heard as letters writers stayed home during a public hearing portion of the Rock Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday.

The proposed zoning amendment would allow horses on smaller lots.

The complaints were raised as the second phase of the subdivision was going through zoning processes. Several residents of the division wrote letters of objection to the city.

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One of the applicants for the zoning change, Dr. Thomas Spicer, opened the public hearing with the history of the Sweetwater Station Subdivision. He stressed the subdivision conforms to all City of Rock Springs rural estate zoning ordinances.

Spicer recalled the developers started contemplating the subdivision in the early 2000’s because there was no place in the city that allowed horses. He believed they finished the permitting process for the division in 2002.

The estate also included covenants which did include language about horses in the subdivision. Spicer said that when they began to sell lots there was no interest in horses. That changed recently when a resident expressed interest in the horse language.

As they started investigating the details of the situation, they were informed the city had an ordinance on the record which pre-dated the subdivision which said horses have to be on at least two acres of land. During the sub-division permitting process, this was never brought forward.

Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar pointed at a communication error as the cause.

“There must of been a disconnect somewhere in the process,” Demshar said.

Councilman David Tate told the council and staff that by voting to pass the subdivision which was in conflict with the  city ordinance they brought the city into conflict with its own laws.

City Planner Jennifer Shields agreed and said it is why they have brought forth an amendment to the subdivision.

While several letters were received in opposition to changes in the zoning laws, no one spoke against them at the meeting.

The proposed amendment went through first reading on Tuesday. It will now have to go through two more readings and a vote of the council before the amendment can go forward.

Liquor permits

Several alcohol permits were approved unanimously by the council. They include:

  • Lews for an outdoor party Sept. 26-27 from 4 p.m. to midnight at Buddha Bob;s.

  • An outdoor fundraiser on Oct. 5 from Noon to 8 p.m. at Johnny Mac’s.

  • Malt beverage permit for the Mega Monster Truck Show, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

  • Malt  beverage permit for the Rocky Mountain MMA event on Sept 14 from 6 pm. to 10 p.m. at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

  • Malt beverage permits for the Young at Heart Senior Center for the Oktoberfest dinner and dance on Oct. 18-19 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

  • Liquor catering permit for the FMC Awards Banquet on Sept. 24 from 4 p.m. to midnight at the Sweetwater Events Complex.

  • Liquor catering permit for the FMC Christmas Part on Dec. 6 from 4 p.m. to midnight at the Sweetwater Events Complex.