Northern South Park workshop

Attorney Amberley Baker, representing Nikki Gill, addresses Teton County commissioners at Monday’s workshop on northern South Park. She said the top question was whether the county wants “truly affordable housing for working locals on free private land donated to and developed by nonprofit housing developers.”

As Teton County enters what could be the home stretch for planning the future of northern South Park, commissioners and landowners are still at odds about regulations to guide development.

County commissioners want written assurance that if two landowners — who together own 225 acres south of High School Road — opt for added density, the community’s vision of housing will become reality. That vision, developed in a yearlong public process, is a ratio of 70% deed-restricted affordable and workforce housing to 30% free-market units.

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The Neighborhood Plan shows a minimum 40% deed-restricted affordable units with up to 841 new entitlements for each landowner to opt-in to.

Northern South Park workshop

Christina Feuz, a member of Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area’s board of directors, told commissioners, “Stop asking whether or not Habitat for Humanity can perform. We’re tried and true.”

Northern South Park workshop

Sitting in the front row Monday morning, attorney Amberley Baker, left, and her client Nikki Gill, center, listen as community members give public comment.

Contact Sophia Boyd-Fliegel at county@jhnewsandguide or 307-732-7063.

Sophia covers county politics, housing, and workforce issues. A Pacific Coast devotee, she grew up in Washington, studied in California and has worked in Oregon and Alaska.

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Judd Grossman

Massive, sprawling suburban development on iconic agricultural land doesn't make Jackson Hole better. Providing housing for building crews for rich people's homes, housing for property managers and housekeeping crews for illegal Airbnb's in the County, housing for guides and high end restaurant staff that serve the affluent, housing so that our largest corporations that serve the wealthy can keep their profit margins humming along, all this is not worth the over-development, and overpopulation of this iconic valley. This development will increase the size of Town by 50%. All these new residents will have cars that will add to our traffic woes. The waiting list of people that want to live in Jackson Hole is not in the thousands, it's in the millions. Better to stop growing now than after we ruin this amazing place that we have a responsibility as residents to preserve. It's a national treasure, not just a cash cow.

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