Residents will have their final chance to weigh in on a couple of long-debated issues just before the Jackson Town Council likely votes on them at its meeting Monday night.
An easement along approximately 270 linear feet of Pine Glades Drive and conditional use permits for a gondola, zip line and snowmaking pump station at Snow King Mountain Resort are among the agenda items the council is slated to take up at 6 p.m. Monday.
Neither issue is new to the council, as the merits of both have been discussed and debated in council chambers a number of times, including at their most recent meeting June 15.
At that meeting, Community Development Director Tyler Sinclair outlined the requests by Snow King for approval of a gondola, which would be based in Phil Baux Park and run to the summit of the ski hill; a zip line, or actually a series of zip lines running from summit to base; and the snowmaking pump station. Snow King Vice President Ryan Stanley also discussed the requests with the council and mentioned a number of noise-mitigating measures Snow King would take, including certain equipment design elements and planting trees in strategic locations, if the CUPs are approved by the council.
During the June 15 meeting, Councilman Jim Stanford balked at the zip line plans, calling them a “bait and switch.”
Snow King Mountain Resort representatives were flabbergasted.
“It was in our presentations to the town all along starting in 2017,” Snow King board member Jeff Golightly said afterward, “and it was in the application to the town, and the planning director even had it for his presentation. This is not a bait and switch.”
The proposed Pine Glades Drive easement was also discussed at the June 15 meeting, with Town of Jackson Senior Planner Tyler Valentine showing the council the stretch of the roadway it would cover and noting that affected neighbors had granted their approval.
The easement — and, more specifically, access from Pine Drive to Snow King via Pine Glades Drive through the Pine Glades development — has been a point of contention since at least 2017, when John Tozzi purchased and took over the development. A contingent of Pine Drive residents claims that they have long had direct access to Snow King through what is now Pine Glades Drive and say the previous developer had intended for them to have continued access through the development, though no easement was ever formalized and recorded by the town.
Tozzi, meanwhile, states that Pine Glades Drive is a private road — a point not contested by either the Pine Drive residents or the Town of Jackson — and says the roadway is too narrow on the stretch nearest Pine Drive to accommodate both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The proposed easement is on the lower portion of Pine Glades Drive, where the roadway is wider, between 22 and 24 feet across, but that is not a satisfactory solution for the Pine Drive contingent.
Both items are on the council’s agenda as action items, so the council may vote on any aspect of them. Councilor Arne Jorgensen said via text on Wednesday that he’s not certain the council will get to a vote when asked specifically about the Snow King CUPs.
A third item that has been of high interest to the Jackson community and that was discussed by the council on June 15 — a kids’ bicycle “pump track” on Blair Drive that is popular with youngsters but has become a nuisance to neighbors because of noise issues — is not listed on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.
It’s a packed day of meetings that begins much earlier.
In a special meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, the council will hear from Sinclair about the status of updates to the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan.
At 2:30 p.m. during a joint information meeting with the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, the electeds will discuss housing rules and regulations, a housing nexus study, change orders for the rebuilding of Fire Station One, route plans for START buses and the comp plan update process.