Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch

Robert Gill points out the boundaries of his family’s proposed 74-acre housing development to planning commissioners Susan Lurie and Glen Esnard, left, while leading a tour of the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch in August.

Teton County and the town of Jackson are looking for stakeholders and steering committee members to participate in creating a neighborhood plan for northern South Park.

Applications, which can be found at JacksonTetonPlan.com/apply, are due Nov. 8. The roles of stakeholders and steering committee members will differ.

“A stakeholder would be someone who is impacted by the development or wants to provide input on the plan,” Teton County Planning Director Chris Neubecker said. “They would be interviewed or surveyed probably one time and that would be at the beginning.”

A steering committee member, he said, “would be someone who is more involved in the planning process and would be on a committee that helps guide the planning process.”

The community has spent months debating the proposal since the Gill family proposed rezoning 74 acres in northern South Park for a housing development that would see 65% of the lots deed-restricted in some way for local workers.

People generally fell into camps: those who supported the development and wanted to see it move ahead quickly as a solution to Jackson Hole’s housing woes, and those opposed to the development and concerned about its affordability and other issues. The latter camp supported completing a neighborhood plan before the Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved any rezones in the area.

Neubecker, the Teton County Planning Commission and the County Board of Commissioners, which denied the Gills’s application to rezone Sept. 29, favored an expedited neighborhood plan.

Once selected, steering committee members will be required to attend two to four meetings a month between November and July 2021, the anticipated end of the planning effort. The steering committee would be smaller than the stakeholder group — seven, as planned, compared with 15 or 20 — with five community members and two representatives from the Gill and Lockhart families, which own much of the land in northern South Park.

Both families have expressed interest in developing their land for housing, though only the Gill family’s proposal has been substantially reviewed by Teton County commissioners. The Lockharts have said they are willing to wait for a neighborhood plan.

Neubecker said the number of stakeholders and steering committee members could change, depending on how many people apply.

“If we don’t get applications, it could be reduced,” Neubecker said of the steering committee. “If we get significant applications and think we need a broader representation of the community, it could be expanded.”

Ditto the group of stakeholders, which Neubecker said could represent a wide swath of the community.

The county will likely ask a representative from Teton County School District No. 1 to participate, since its campus off High School Road borders the lands in question.

Otherwise, Neubecker said, who is a stakeholder will be determined by who applies, though he imagined community members focused on housing, the environment, water quality, development and transportation, as well as representatives from neighboring homeowners associations and property owners, would apply.

Members of the public who don’t apply or aren’t chosen as stakeholders or steering committee members will still be able to participate, a press release said, “through community meetings, online surveys, charettes, open houses and other forms of engagement that will be determined once a planning and design consultant has been identified.”

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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