Facts about the iPark and iCAM Site Locations
- Sheridan County Commissioners recently formalized I-2 (Light Industrial) zoning for about 114 acres of Ramaco’s own privately-owned lands, just north of the Port of Entry.
UPDATE – March 6, 2018Sheridan County Commissioners vote to approve the rezone of Ramaco Carbon’s property, allowing iPark and iCam projects to move forward.
- As shown in the Sheridan County Comprehensive Zoning and Planning Map, this area was designated in 2008-2009 to be used for “Future Industry.” This is the only area designated for this type of growth in the county outside of the City of Sheridan.
- Ramaco is planning a research lab campus and light manufacturing facility in the precise area that the County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning map provides for it.
- In February, the Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend approval of the Ramaco rezone proposal, after a 3+ hour public hearing. There was more positive support for the project at the hearing than opposition.
- Ramaco’s lands are located in the “busiest” portion of an area historically used for industrial purposes. There have been several towns, underground mines, surface strip coal mines, a power plant, and similar intense uses in the area for decades. This is why the County designated this area for “Future Industry” following a period of public discussion and debate in late 2008.
- Ramaco’s lands are bisected by Interstate 90 and are bordered on the north by an active BNSF rail line. This means an average 3,700 cars and trucks pass through this area per day, and 20 trains per week. BNSF also operates an industrial character switch and storage yard just north of Ramaco’s lands.
- Ramaco’s lands are also bracketed on two sides by active gravel quarries: Tongue River Stone and the Taylor Quarry. “Big Horn Coal Co. filings with the Wyoming DEQ verify that Big Horn Coal Co. currently leases an industrial shop facility near the Ramaco site to a third-party who makes that use of it”
- Ramaco has committed to continue to provide walking access from the public roads to the Monarch Cemetery, and the Monarch Cemetery proper is not a part of the recent rezoning.
The Sheridan County Comprehensive Zoning and Planning Map
Ramaco Carbon’s plans for its iPark and iCAM have far reaching implications for the sustainability of the coal industry, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing industries. By working with top researchers and scientists, Ramaco Carbon can create a new ecosystem for innovation in northeast Wyoming.
– Greg Hill, Chairman of Wyoming’s ENDOW Initiative
The history of this Acme area is steeped in underground and surface mining, a power plant, several towns, commercial uses, trains, trolleys and other intense development and use over decades. 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.
– Susan Porden, Tongue River Valley resident