Northern South Park

The Jackson Town Council still needs to sign off on language commissioners approved language in a draft update of the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan about northern South Park.

The Jackson Town Council has delayed a vote on a draft update to the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan for another few weeks.

After spending hours in a Monday meeting on the town budget, reopening downtown, the ground lease for the 440 W. Kelly Ave. affordable housing project and other items, the council opted to schedule time for the comprehensive plan before a July 6 joint information meeting.

The comp plan update has been delayed for weeks now, after three county commissioners voted down a motion to release it to the public for review.

At the center of the commissioners’ disagreement was a paragraph about northern South Park, where the Gill family has proposed developing hundreds of units of market-based workforce housing.

Some have suggested the South Park proposal has been dictating planning.

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners ultimately resolved their concerns about the northern South Park language at the beginning of June. That kicked the onus for reviewing the paragraph in question over to the town, which has not weighed in.

County commissioners’ compromise language could reduce the town’s role in the planning process.

If the town doesn’t like that, it’s possible that two separate versions of the paragraph could be released to the public for review. That would be in early July at the earliest.

This article has been clarified. It was commissioners who originally disagreed over northern South Park language, slowing the release of the comp plan. — Eds.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

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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