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Cody officials approve document that will guide future land use

Park County land use plan
Park County Land Use Plan

On Tuesday, county officials in Cody approved a document that will guide future land use decisions. But, some residents are still unhappy that some wildlife data in an earlier draft of the plan was left out.

Public testimony was divided. About half of those who spoke expressed concern that future regulations could harm private property rights. While others wanted to see more data to protect wildlife kept in the plan.

After more than an hour of testimony, Commissioner Scott Mangold made a motion to certify the plan.

“I think we’ve gotta move forward pretty soon or we’re not going to be alive anymore when it comes time for regulation. The regulations are going to be the important part of the discussion with our neighbors in Park County,” he said.

The plan was approved with the high use big game data in the body of the plan and the low and medium use included in the appendix.

The county plans on working with a consultant later this year to consider regulations on things like lot sizes and density. The land use plan can be updated or revised at any time.

Olivia Weitz is based at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. She covers Yellowstone National Park, wildlife, and arts and culture throughout the region. Olivia’s work has aired on NPR and member stations across the Mountain West. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the Transom story workshop. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, cooking, and going to festivals that celebrate folk art and music.
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