Curve TV wants to build a new retail store at 410 S.E. Wyoming Boulevard, now the site of this vacant bank building. (Rhonda Schulte, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — A zoning change is on the horizon as the Casper City Council holds a public hearing and the first reading of an ordinance that could transform the landscape of 350 and 410 SE Wyoming Blvd. The public hearing is set for Nov. 21 at the regular City Council meeting.

The public hearing was originally scheduled for Nov. 7, but delays in the applicant’s business registration with the Secretary of State necessitated postponing the original hearing date. With the registration now complete, the business is ready to proceed.

Curve TV LLC has submitted an application for a zone change for three lots covering approximately 1.46 acres situated at the northwest corner of Gannett Street and Wyoming Boulevard.

The proposal seeks to change the zoning classification from PUD (Planned Unit Development) to C-2 (General Business) to facilitate a comprehensive redevelopment project, according to a memo prepared for the city council.

Overcoming Zoning Challenges

While the existing PUD zoning would theoretically allow redevelopment, it comes with a set of development guidelines and design reviews that can be cumbersome.

Planning Division staff have recommended dissolving and rezoning many PUDs in the community over the past decade due to misapplication and complications in the review process.

The immediate area surrounding the proposed redevelopment site has a mix of zoning classifications, including C-4 (Highway Business) to the north, R-1 (Residential Estate) and PH (Park Historic) to the south, PUD and R-4 (High-Density Residential) to the west and C-2 (General Business) to the east.

Existing land uses comprise a blend of residential, recreational/park and commercial/retail properties.

Alignment with Comprehensive Plan

The proposed zone change aligns with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Future Land Use Plan, also known as FLU. The FLU designates the subject property for “Employment Mixed Use Center,” emphasizing employment, institutional, civic and limited multifamily housing.

Following a public hearing on Sept. 14, the Planning and Zoning Commission backed the requested zone change, with no public comments received.

With City Hall under renovation, the council will meet at The Lyric, 230 W. Yellowstone Highway, at 6 p.m. with a pre-meeting at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be public and streamed on the City of Casper’s YouTube channel.