County to review propane storage facility plan
By Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
June 11, 2012
Teton County planning commissioners are slated today to review plans for a new propane storage and distribution facility on Deer Drive along South Highway 89.
Plans for the facility include a 30,000-gallon propane storage tank, parking for two propane trucks and landscaping to screen the site from neighboring properties.
Commissioners are scheduled to review the proposal during a meeting at 6 p.m. today in commissioners’ chambers at 200 S. Willow St.
Planning staff recommended that planning commissioners approve the application, albeit with a long list of conditions. Many of the conditions were submitted by fire department staff and related to the safety of the facility.
The requirements say the site owner should make sure there is a hydrant within 500 feet of the storage tank, create a fire safety plan, ensure the structures are clear of power lines and vegetation, and install an emergency shut-off for the site, among other requirements.
In a memo prepared for planning commissioners, planning staff said the proposal would fit with the new Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan.
“South Highway 89 has been identified as the most appropriate location in the community to promote industrial uses,” principal planner Susan Johnson said in the memo. “The proposed propane distribution facility is a heavy industrial use.”
The site, which is 1.09 acres, has been used as a storage yard since 2002 without any permits, according to planning staff. The property is owned by Mike Mielke. Herb Heimerl of the Heimerl Law Firm is representing the applicant. Mielke is working with planning staff to ensure the property meets county land-use requirements.
An agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found at www.tetonwyo.org.