Natrona County takes another look at car regs

2011-04-18T23:30:00Z 2011-04-18T23:55:32Z Natrona County takes another look at car regs

By TOM MORTON

Casper Star-Tribune‌

The Billings Gazette
April 18, 2011 11:30 pm  • 

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County commissioners will hear concerns about the proposed changes to the county’s zoning resolution about collector cars at its work session at the old courthouse at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Last week, the Planning and Zoning Commission, whose five members are appointed by the Natrona County Commission, tabled until July an amendment to regulations about collector car storage, said Roxy Skogen, the planning commission’s chairwoman.

Residents filled the courtroom in the old courthouse, with many of them objecting to the language in the proposed amendment that would require property owners to obtain conditional use permits to store collector cars, Skogen said.

“You can’t have that many people make comments and not do something,” she said.

Many people disliked the proposed amendment’s ability to let county commissioners determine how many cars a resident may have in the unincorporated areas, Skogen said.

They also objected to the language requiring 100-percent screening of the cars.

“The wording doesn’t work,” she said.

For nearly a year, residents and county officials have debated whether or how to regulate collections of inoperable or unlicensed vehicles intended for restoration.

Current regulations regard as a nuisance any accumulation of unlicensed or inoperable vehicles other than those in a salvage yard or recycling center.

But many who live in the unincorporated areas of the county collect, restore and rebuild old vehicles. Some residents own hundreds.

One citizens group began meeting last fall with the guidance of former county commissioner Barb Peryam; and the Natrona County Commission appointed a group with three collector car proponents and three residents who wanted to keep the existing regulations allowing no unlicensed or inoperable vehicles.

County Attorney Bill Knight said the county commissioners want new regulations soon.

“They don’t want to delay enforcement any more,” he said.

Knight acknowledged criticism of the process to rewrite the regulations, but said the commissioners have welcomed and received suggestions.

“The proposed regulations are less restrictive than the ones we have now,” he said. “I think there was a lot of input and a lot of results.”

Besides the proposed collector car regulations, commissioners will hear from county and historic preservation officials about dealing with archaeological discoveries.

The Natrona County Commission will conduct its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with actions on transferring funds and water districts.

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