County officials approved plans for 32 units and a new lodge at the Snake River Sporting Club on Tuesday.
The development — 18 two-story, four- to six-bedroom townhouses and 14 three-bedroom condos within a building that includes resort services like a spa, a restaurant and conference facilities — is allowed under the resort’s master plan, originally drafted in 1999 and updated in 2015. The units are planned for lots in the “resort lodging core,” accessed by Wagon Road, about a mile north of the golf course clubhouse.
The density is part of a maximum of 63 total units transferred to 20 acres at the resort in 2015 when the Sporting Club master plan was updated to allow the re-establishment of Astoria Hot Springs Park, to which the club donated $1 million.
The park, owned by the Trust for Public Land, plans to develop hot springs pools and a passive park on nearly 100 acres located 16 miles south of Jackson along the Snake River. The project broke ground March 23.
“One of the biggest public benefits of this resort zone is it took all this density off of the river, which is where it was originally approved, and put it into the interior of the development, keeping that riverfront open and available for Astoria park,” Snake River Sporting Club Executive Vice President Jeff Heilbrun told the Jackson Hole News&Guide.
Commissioners unanimously approved the plans. But Commissioner Greg Epstein raised concerns about the yes vote as the club continues to remedy construction of an unauthorized levee, berm, ponds and bridge.
“Are we getting ahead of ourselves with this set of applications before we deal with the compliance side of things?” Epstein asked.
Planner Hamilton Smith said the resort is working in good faith on its code violations. He added that the resort needs further approvals from the county before building, and so there are other opportunities to check compliance.
Because the development plan proposes to construct several buildings on steep slopes, the Sporting Club must take steps to protect the units from avalanche hazards.
For example, engineers recommended constructing the townhouses to withstand avalanches, designing units so that outdoor spaces like patios and hot tubs are in protected areas, and adding warning signs and education and awareness campaigns for occupants.
The Sporting Club may also be required to add a third water well if the existing two are inadequate to serve the area.