Two new Teton County planning commissioners are taking their seats in 2019.
Sue Lurie has a master’s degree in community and regional planning and a doctorate in natural resource policy and management. She has worked on projects that involved the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park.
Lurie said she sought a seat on the Planning Commission out of a passion and dedication for Jackson Hole and a desire to give back.
“We have a lot of issues that are really important in terms of planning for the future of our community, so I’m hoping to contribute to that in a meaningful way,” she said.
For example, she cited recent efforts to amend rural zoning to change the permissible hours of operation and building sizes.
General contractor Kasey Mateosky is also joining the commission, which makes recommendations to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners on planning applications.
Mateosky has lived in Teton County for 50 years and has previously served on the Planning Commission, weighing in on projects involving the Snake River Sporting Club, 3 Creek Ranch and Teton Science Schools. He has also served on the Teton County Weed and Pest Board and the Board of Appeals.
“I just like to be involved,” he said.
Mateosky is interested in finding places in the county to build affordable housing — “I tend to think it’s probably down south,” he said — and upgrading transportation systems to ease the valley’s congestion.
“I would love to be able to figure out how to get from the Village into town in less than 2 1/2 hours,” he said. “That would be really neat. I think part of our growth problem here is we have to have a realization that our roads have to accommodate the amount of trips per day we have.”
The new appointees are taking seats that were held by Stefan Fodor and Nikki Gill.