Ordinance restricting gambling in the downtown district presented to council – Sheridan Media

ByShannon J. Cortes

Apr 14, 2022

City Attorney Brendon Kerns presented the details of Ordinance 2250 to Sheridan City Council and Mayor Rich Bridger during the council’s recent study session. The ordinance concerns the limitation of gambling in the downtown district. According to Kerns, the ordinance is a proposed zoning change that would prevent gambling for properties zoned B-1 in the Downtown District and limit gambling to six devices in areas zoned B-2 in the Downtown District. . Additionally, properties zoned B-1 and B-2 outside of the Downtown District would not be affected and none of the properties in the Downtown District would violate the ordinance and the State Gaming Commission reported that it had no pending requests for Sheridan. .

Kerns explained that one of the complexities that played a role in crafting the proposed order centered on a letter Gov. Mark Gordon sent to the Wyoming Senate in early March.

Brendon Kerns

Mayor Bridger said the proposed ordinance is not set in stone.

Mayor Bridger

A memo provided to the Council by Kerns says the order is only intended to be a two-year moratorium. On December 31, 2024, the order would automatically expire unless the Board approves a new order. The purpose of the moratorium is to provide the Wyoming Legislature with an opportunity to address this issue and to provide City staff with the opportunity to fully assess this matter. This freeze is intended to be temporary to allow everyone to fully explore this issue and avoid an unfortunate situation of material modification of the downtown district due to lack of foresight.