The master plan laying out a vision for Jackson Hole’s future is seven years old, and town and county officials have decided it’s time to give it another look.
They’re seeking public comments on how the community is doing on its goals, starting with a quick online survey.
“It’s time for us to pause, see if we’re heading in the right direction that we wanted to head,” said Tyler Sinclair, the town’s community development director.
The town and county adopted the joint Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan in 2012, following a robust public process. Its goal is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community. 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.”
“The end result will be an update to the comp plan,” Sinclair said. “Taking out all the things we’ve achieved, putting in new strategies to achieve the same goals. As we move forward I think it will probably refine some of the visions and strategies people find not quite as accessible or attainable.”
For example, Sinclair said the community will check in and determine when or if northern South Park is needed to help address workforce housing goals. Or maybe community priorities have changed — for example, he said providing mental health and social services isn’t reflected in the existing comprehensive plan, but could be added as a priority if the community desires.
The review was triggered after Teton County hit 5% growth in residential units since 2012. Elected officials hired consultants for $127,052 to complete the study by the end of February.
Consultants have so far interviewed developers, advocates and government officials about the plan. They’ve also collected figures on carbon emission levels and traffic counts.
The survey is available at Menti.com. Respondents should enter code: 34 28 39. The questions are about what the community is doing well, what could be improved and what respondents have done to effect positive change in the community.
“Even for those people who maybe have never opened the comp plan, don’t even know what it is, but care about our community, our hope is they’ll take three minutes or less and complete this survey,” Sinclair said.
Public meetings will follow in early October.