Proposed Cirrus Sky Technology Park moving forward in Laramie, WY
[GBP Note: This article details some of the planning and zoning issues related to developing a new business or industrial park. The preservation of viewshed, trail systems and attention to traffic congestion prevention will ensure this industrial park, if developed, will be a welcome addition to North Laramie, Wyoming.]
Tech park aims to be green, bring green
Proposed technology park incorporates viewshed protection, trails system
By PETER BAUMANN / email@example.com
Friday, August 10, 2012
There won’t be smoke stacks, but there will be plenty of green space and trails.
Most importantly, there will be vast economic benefits if the proposed Cirrus Sky Technology Park is built, Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) Chair Megan Goetz said in an interview following Tuesday’s public hearing before the Laramie City Council.
“There will be no smoke stacks, there will be no metal buildings. These are good, clean, green jobs,” she said.
No one spoke at Tuesday’s public hearing in opposition of the project, which will move forward with an “unusual and unprecedented” grant proposal to the Wyoming Business Council this fall, city grant writer Jodi Guerin said.
“This is probably one of the most exciting grants I could have imagined,” Guerin told the council. “The (grant) cap typically for a project like this is $1.5 million … Our grant is probably going to be in the neighborhood of about $5 million rolled out over multiple years.”
Guerin added that while historic in its financial size, the grant is “allowed in the rules.”
The money would be used to construct water, sewer and street infrastructure on the north edge of Laramie between 15th and 30th.
The project would also include a 100-foot setback from the area’s ridgeline to comply with Laramie’s comprehensive plan, Goetz said.
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