My family and I live on our ranch in the Tongue River Valley, upstream from and near to the proposed Ramaco building site. After careful research concerning the Ramaco rezone application, I support Ramaco’s pending light industrial rezone request for its property near the Acme I-90 Interchange. I encourage the Sheridan County Commissioners to approve Ramaco’s rezoning request.
Ramaco’s rezoning application was initially recommended by Sheridan County Planner, Mark Reid. After an extensive public hearing on Feb. 1 it was approved by the Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission on a 4-1 vote in favor of rezoning the lands. The towns of Ranchester and Dayton, numerous Ramaco neighbors, landowners in the Tongue River Valley, Governor Mead and many other citizens and business entities actively support this proposal.
Ramaco’s lands are in an area that is expressly designated on the Sheridan County Comprehensive Planning and Zoning Map as "Future Industry – unincorporated areas." Ramaco’s proposed rezone and research park and light manufacturing project will blend into the existing infrastructure in this area. The project will leverage quick on or off access to Interstate Highway 90 and is near the Port of Entry. There is an existing, highly used BNSF train system which borders the land. The history of this Acme area is steeped in underground and surface mining, a power plant, several towns, commercial uses, trolleys and other intense development and use. It is easy to see why this area was zoned Future Industry on the most recent County planning and zoning map; it has historically been used that way.
Ramaco has beautifully outlined their development intentions for the land. Once rezoned, Ramaco will build a fully integrated carbon resource, research and production facility. I see clearly their vision of buildings blending into the landscape. I see students, researchers and academia huddled together to create the next great advancements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math using carbon fiber. I see the countless and varied jobs that will benefit so many in Sheridan County.
I urge our Sheridan County Commissioners to rezone the Ramaco land to I-2 on March 6.