By Billy Arnold

Jackson Hole Daily

The the draft update of the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan is long awaited — and fairly long.

After months of wrangling over a few paragraphs about northern South Park, the town and county have released the draft comp plan update. Now it’s the public’s turn to review the document, which guides development in the valley.

The entire draft document clocks in at 503 pages. For a lighter read, the county also provides a 177-page redlined version, which compares the old document to the new one.

The hefty plan provides a metric against which planners, developers and elected officials evaluate land-use decisions throughout Jackson Hole.

Both versions of the update can be found online at and are attached to the online version of this article at

The process for updating the comp plan is called the growth management program, which was triggered in 2019 after the town and county reported a 5% growth in residential building permits.

That fall, over 900 people gave public comment during a few public meetings in the first phase of the program. The document was then kicked to the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners. Both elected bodies spent months debating finer points in the plan before releasing it to the public, which now has a chance to weigh in before the document becomes official.

While conversation in recent months has focused on who should plan northern South Park — and led to a number of changes in the section about the area on page IV-47 of the long document — the changes in the plan are broader than that, with alterations and additions to sections about housing, climate, water quality, growth, the local economy and more.

The public will have 47 days to look it over before the first public hearing on the changes, which will take place Sept. 14, when the joint town and county planning commission will review and opine on the planning tome.

The county commission and town council are then set to review and adopt the final changes to the document on Oct. 5.

Members of the public can send written comment on the document to Senior Long Range Planner Kristi Malone at

Comments can also be sent by mail to P.O. Box 1727, Jackson, WY, 83001.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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