Updates to the Gill proposal

Thursday's neighborhood meeting showed that the Gill proposal is evolving, with a smaller portion of land slated for rezone and a larger number of units deed restricted for the local workforce.

Gill housing proposal trims rezone acreage

By Billy Arnold

Gill housing proposal trims rezone acreage

By Billy Arnold

A Gill family proposal to build housing in South Park is moving ahead with some changes from what the family originally proposed in January.

One thing, though, has not changed.

“We think this project is in the right place, at the right time and for all the right reasons,” Nikki Gill said in a video played during a virtual neighborhood meeting Thursday.

The Gills’ original proposal would have seen the family pursue a rezone for 100 acres on the northwest corner of the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch. That would have allowed them to develop a maximum of 488 lots with 7,500- and 2,850-square-foot caps on lot size and maximum building size, respectively. Those limits, they argued, would keep things affordable for the local workforce.

The meeting Thursday showed that the family is now pursuing a rezone on only 74 of those 100 acres: the southern portion currently zoned for rural development.

As proposed, those 74 acres could see about 312 lots developed with the same lot size and square footage caps as originally presented. Each lot could also include a 500-square-foot accessory residential unit, or ARU, which would be available for rental. Susan Johnson, a planning consultant working with the family, said rentals would be “restricted to people who work in Teton County.”

A northern, 26-acre parcel zoned for suburban development included in the original plan was not included Thursday. If developed, those 26 acres could see up to 83 larger lots with 12,000-square-foot lot sizes allowing up to 4,200 square feet of floor area.

Asked what would happen with those acres, Johnson said that area “is not part of this project any longer.”

“It’s not part of the rezone, and it’s just staying as is for now,” she said.

Thursday’s meeting also provided some clarity about the number of deed restrictions the family is proposing: 65% of properties in the rezoned area, which pencils to just over 200 units.

In January the only units proposed for deed restrictions were 30 or 40 set to be gifted to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area.

“We’re committed to deed restricting permanently 65% of the lots to ensure that they’re available to the community members in perpetuity,” said Amberley Baker, the lawyer working on the project.

She invited people with thoughts on the type of deed restriction they’d like to see in the development to email the team at info@highschoolroadhousing.com.

Thursday’s meeting was a procedural requirement leading up to a formal rezone application submission. The Gills plan to submit their rezone application this spring and follow that submission with a neighborhood transportation planning process this fall.

Both steps would be the first few in a long process, even if the Gills’ planning efforts proceed unencumbered by ongoing discussions about a government-led planning effort for northern South Park (see story on page 2).

The family hopes to hear from county commissioners by the end of the year and then begin the formal permitting process, which will require at least one environmental assessment and more public meetings.

“This is the start of a two-year conversation,” said Liz Brimmer, a spokeswoman for the family.

Thursday’s meeting, she added, will be “one of many.”

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

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.

(2) comments

Mike May

Cleaving area two away seems like a bit of smoke and mirrors. I could be wrong but 80+ homes in there as portrayed and no info on any percentage of deed restrictions (or much info at all) seems a but fishy. Together we're still talking about almost 400 homes in NSP.....and to date an email I've sent to their spokesperson asking for some clarification has gone unanswered.

Judd Grossman

Workforce based deed restrictions rather than income based. Otherwise, you are creating a perverse incentive for employers to pay people less, so they qualify for the deed restriction.

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