Officials are seeking feedback on the community’s comprehensive plan at an open house Tuesday.

“It’s time for us to pause [and] see if we’re heading in the right direction that we wanted to head,” said Tyler Sinclair, the town of Jackson’s community development director.

On Tuesday, the public is invited to an open house at the Center for the Arts, where presentations will kick off every half hour between 12:30 and 7 p.m. Attendees are also invited to engage in hands-on activities and provide feedback on the comp plan. Refreshments and kid-friendly activities will be provided; some attendees may even win prizes.

Planners are ready to present data gathered on how Jackson Hole is doing on its goals, as well as results of a recent online survey. They’re also seeking additional feedback on potential updates or adjustments to the community’s comprehensive plan.

“It’s not too late to get involved,” long-range planner Kristi Malone said. “We want you involved. You don’t have to know all the ins and outs of the comp plan, we’re just looking for your experience.”

The open house comes on the heels of a Monday meeting where elected officials and planning commissioners will hear and discuss the same information.

The town and county adopted the joint Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan in 2012. The vision articulated in the plan is to “preserve and protect the area’s ecosystem to ensure a healthy environment, community and economy for current and future generations.”

Elected officials hired consultants for $127,052 in June to complete the study by the end of February 2020. So far, consultants have interviewed stakeholders, examined data and conducted a public survey online. Between 400 and 500 people took the survey.

According to survey results, the top answers for positive things respondents observed in the community over the past five years were the “ability to move without a car” and “community engagement and awareness,” while the lowest were “new housing options” and “transportation improvements.” The top answers for areas to improve were “increased housing options,” a “permanent funding source for transportation, housing and open space” and “regional cooperation.”

Find more information at JacksonTetonPlan.com.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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