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Commissioners overrule planning board on business proposal | Local News - Laramie Boomerang

Posted: 06 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

The Albany County Commission denied a proposed zoning change Tuesday that sought to develop businesses on Wyoming Highway 130 near Sheep Mountain.

The commissioners overruled the recommendation of their own planning and zoning board, which signed off on the change despite backlash from local residents.

Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent noted the commissioners' action was unusual.

"I've been doing this for five years, and I've never had this happen where we voted it down like this," she said.

Commissioner Heber Richardson initially suggested he'd support the planning board's recommendation, noting the developer had complied with all regulations.

"The issue is that we don't follow our own regulations, it's arbitrary and capricious," he said. "We can't just stop following our regulations because we don't like the project, and I don't like the project."

However, both he and commissioner Pete Gosar ultimately voted against the zoning change.

Richardson expressed skepticism about whether, if the zoning changes had been approved, the property would be developed.

He said constructing a business that needs water on the land was a "fool's errand."

It's more likely, he said, that the zoning change was sought simply to increase the land's value.

The county had been requested to change the land-use of a 29-acre parcel on the corner of highway 130 and Big Hollow Road to be zoned as commercial property to support "a possible convenience store, gas station, bait shop, or similar type businesses."

The developer put in the application that the construction would require new electric utilities and telephone services.

Several residents from Centennial and Wild Horse Ranch came to the county board to protest the proposed change, citing concerns like light pollution, safety, traffic and loss of "open spaces."

"I'm concerned about traffic flow because it would require a left-hand turn off the highway," Centennial resident Nancy Zennie told commissioners.

Ken Costello, who lives in Centennial, said the county's fire suppression efforts are already greatly hampered in the Wild Horse Ranch area.

"If the property owner wants to suffer the higher insurance costs from being so far from fire protection, that's up to them. However, I think we owe a higher standard for commercial property to any patrons who would use that facility," Costello said.

Wild Horse Wyoming Properties, LLC, had proposed eventually subdividing the property into 10 commercial lots, each covering three acres or less.

After the Arizona-based company purchased the 15,500-acre Wild Horse Ranch a decade ago, the area has since been developed into 376 parcels, each about 40-acres.

The land is currently zoned for agriculture. The Albany County Comprehensive Plan, enacted in 2008, also envisions the land as staying agricultural in the long-run.

County planning director David Gertsch said that, if the county board opted to move forward on the change, the comprehensive plan should also be changed.

Art Sigel, chairman of Albany County Fire District No. 1, requested the planning board deny the change, saying that Wild Horse Ranch roads should first be upgraded "to a standard acceptable for fire equipment."

Albany County Sheriff Dave O'Malley said he supported Sigel's concerns. Tony Hoch, director of the Laramie Rivers Conservation District, said the zoning change shouldn't happen if potable well water isn't available.

Chuck Bartlett, an engineer working on the project, acknowledged that the land is unlikely to produce potable water, and said new businesses would likely have to rely on cisterns.

Sigel said cisterns are not reliable sources of water in fire suppression situations.

"When you get there and you're in an emergency environment, they don't work," he said. "Stored water just doesn't seem to work in the county."

The Albany County Comprehensive Plan indicates areas zoned for rural commercial use "should have water and sewer availability."

Commissioners expressed uncertainty Tuesday over whether cistern-based water access met the comprehensive plan's stipulation regarding water.

Officials for the Wyoming Department of Transportation and county said upgrades to Wyoming Highway 130 and Big Hollow Road would likely need to be installed if there would be commercial buildings constructed.

Fishermen back compensation plan for wind farm proposal - Tacoma News Tribune

Posted: 24 Feb 2019 07:36 AM PST

A Rhode Island fishing board has endorsed an offshore wind developer's offer to pay millions of dollars to offset impacts to the fishing industry.

The Providence Journal reports that the Fishermen's Advisory Board unanimously approved the revised compensation offer from Vineyard Wind on Saturday.

The proposal would provide $4.2 million over 30 years for impacts to commercial fishermen. Under the plan, a $12.5 million trust would also be set up over five years for additional costs to fishermen.

Vineyard Wind wants to build an 84-turbiune wind farm in Rhode Island Sound. The company applauded the fishing board's decision, calling it a "win-win package."

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council will vote on the $2 billion project on Tuesday.

Lockheed Martins proposal is attractive sales pitch - Business Standard

Posted: 23 Feb 2019 11:32 PM PST

Lockheed offer to make -- in new -- in has opened up prospects for the Indian fifth generation fighter development programme but a possible tie-up with the US aircraft-maker will hinge on its commitment to honour license issues and the extent of

Senior officials told IANS that on the face of it, the Lockheed proposal looks lucrative but as of now it remains only in the realm of an attractive sales pitch as there are many details that need to be thrashed out before it can become a win-win proposition for both sides.

The most important gain though could be for the Indian Advanced Medium Combat (AMCA) which is meant to be a futuristic 5th generation fighter.

The project is still on paper and with its experience of and -- the only two viable 5th generation fighters in the game -- has gone through the process and learnt all the lessons. Even if it does not share all these lessons, the company can ensure life-long component support to if such a partnership materializes, said an

had walked out of a deal with to jointly develop a 5th generation fighter because there was no gain in terms of transfer of technology. The project had turned into "joint production" instead of "joint development", forcing India to call it off.

already has a thriving partnership with System. The Indian company is making rapid strides making bodies of and and will build turbo props for the (IAF) and wings for

India can benefit only if commits itself to transfer of technology and helping in building an ecosystem for manufacturing. If technologies in terms of avionics, radars and sensors flow into AMCA, it will greatly help the project.

Lockheed Martin is not the only company which has offered to set up production facilities in India. But it has an advantage in terms of sheer numbers.

There are over 4,000 flying all over the world and if they all depend on Indian production facility for product support, it will sustain the Indian entity for a long time. In comparison, there are only around 100 Gripens or 400 Rafales in business as of now.



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First Published: Sun, February 24 2019. 13:02 IST

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