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City asks for public's ideas in developing state parcel

Apr 1, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The City of Riverton hopes to receive public comment Tuesday night during the city council meeting regarding a conceptual plan property north of Riverton and its potential development through the Business Ready Community Grant.

The city council held a public hearing in September and later approved a resolution that gave Mayor Ron Warpness authorization to sign a grant application with the Wyoming Business Council on the idea to develop the state-owned land that currently is part of the Wyoming Honor Farm.

IDEA Inc., the economic development organization in Riverton, proposed acquiring the land from the State of Wyoming and will seek developers to purchase and develop the land for businesses and retail expansion.

Studies determined the Honor Farm property could be best used for commercial development.

The agreement also stated the city would be in charge of administering the grant and be "responsible for all finances and draw downs."

Molly Davis and Julie Kozloski from the Wyoming Business Council requested the city seek more input from the public before they recommended the development agreement.

The meeting Tuesday will show the public with three possible plans in aerial photos with zoning and street layout of the property for future changes on the 300 acres between Pure Gas and Honor Farm roads.

The first plan proposes zoning changes for what is now only agricultural land.

A second grid layout will show major roads within the site that also would serve as utility easements. The third plan shows a possible layout of businesses and housing.

A city staff report said no zone change or master plan for the site has to be made during the meeting, which is intended only to invite public input, followed by revisions to the concept based on public suggestions.