Tuesday’s special election shot down the newly-enacted District 2 regulations by a margin of 180 votes.

Official results won’t be released until Wednesday afternoon. All told 1,475 town residents voted in the special election — 647 voted in support of the regulations while 827 voted in opposition. One ballot was turned in blank. 

“It’s democracy in action,” Armond Acri, former executive director of Save Historic Jackson Hole, which initiated the referendum, told the News&Guide. “It wasn’t as big a margin as past referendums, which passed 2 to 1, but obviously people had a problem with what was being proposed,”

“Hopefully this will allow the Town Council to take some time to hear some more discussion, but not too much time. Let’s take out short-term rentals and move this thing forward.”

Mayor Sara Fliter said that while she was disappointed in the outcome, she is looking forward to getting back to work on the issues and moving forward with housing solutions.

“We’ll go back to work tomorrow,” she told the News&Guide. “The issues got very confused but I’m proud of the process we went though [to enact these ordinances] and I’m committed to listening and working things out. We’re going to double down on making progress for housing in the community.”

Contact John Spina at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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Judd Grossman

The Council should wait until after the November election and the new Council is seated before they revisit District 2. We need new leadership, so that we can get it right this time.

The problem is the Workforce Housing Bonus Tool. This tool allows an additional 1,200 units of free market housing including 100,000 square feet of short term rentals in District 2. There should be no unrestricted residential or short term rentals of any kind included in the bonus FAR. Jackson Hole is maxed out with people and cars and we should not be adding any development rights except for deed restricted housing and incentives for open space. The regs that are up for a vote today include a bonus of two square feet of market residential for every one square foot of deed restricted residential. I would call that an attempt to "housing wash" an inappropriate expansion of unrestricted development rights.

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