Guiding Principles

The 2016 Natrona County Development Plan is a guide for future development of both private and public land and includes proposals for the use of developed or vacant land and for adjusting existing, unsuitable or incompatible uses. As such, the mission statement and priorities from the Plan will serve as the guiding principles for the Zoning Resolution Rewrite process.

Mission Statement: Natrona County is a unique place to live, with the abundant natural, cultural, historic resources, open spaces, and outdoor opportunities. We cherish our community values and quality of life. We understand that the economy of our County is changing. We recognize our existing economic foundations and the necessity to strengthen and diversify the County’s economy. We wish to preserve and enhance our cultural/historical heritage and our community values while enhancing our quality of life through responsible growth.

Priorities:

The following is a list of paraphrased priorities as a summary of the goals and policies. 

  • Implement the 2016 County Development Plan. 
  • Minimize conflicting land uses and improve zoning. 
  • Develop and update sufficient guidelines for the enforcement of planning regulations and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) reviews on a yearly basis. 
  • Adopt two planning formats for the county: 
    • The “Growth Management Area” – Is the area within one mile of a municipality which can be serviced efficiently by local government.
    • The “Rural Area” – where the county will work to communicate with federal, state, and local land management agencies, including the Natrona County Conservation District (NCCD), to support both agriculture and natural resource development. The county will allow appropriate residential subdivisions and will promote agricultural, mineral extraction, and recreational uses in the rural area.
  • Maintain, where possible, and improve the quality of the environment, to include natural, scenic, open space, wildlife, agriculture, and historic resources 
  • Urban area growth shall be compact, and growth should occur from the edges of municipalities outward rather than in the county toward existing municipal boundaries. This will ensure cost effective development and provision of services, reduce sprawl, and help preserve the quality of the environment. 
  • Encourage diversification of the economy to minimize boom and bust cycle effects. Provide for strong agricultural and mineral development sectors of the economy in a sustainable fashion to support a stronger economy and tax base for the County.
  •  Appropriate resources of the county to actively engage in state and federal land management processes where the county utilizes its cooperating agency, consulting party, and special expertise status as afforded by state statute and under federal law. 
  • In rural areas, protect site specific land based activities; ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism, and recreation.