The Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, north of town, is again pursuing a plan to build employee housing, this time proposing to allow up to 11,000 square feet of apartments or dorms and up to six RV sites.
Owners are asking to amend the master plan that governs the resort, which currently allows only about 2,500 square feet of housing and no RV pads. Golf and Tennis says the amendment would allow the resort to house 35 additional employees.
“The employee housing we would propose would provide housing for Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis as well as some Grand Teton Lodge Company employees,” said Alex Klein, vice president of Grand Teton Lodge Company, which owns Golf and Tennis. “It would reduce our dependence on renting units, it would reduce the number of car trips between the town of Jackson and Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis, and it would increase our overall housing.”
The club’s application for a master plan amendment also seeks more flexibility to combine or divide the allowed square footage for maintenance, administration and housing structures; to build cell towers; and to allow Grand Teton Lodge Company to use the facilities.
It’s not the first time Golf and Tennis has pursued expanding employee housing allowed on the site. It has been seeking Teton County approval for different plans since 2015. And as with previous applications, a coalition of neighbors continues to oppose the changes.
“We are both shocked and quite angry,” said Joan Anzelmo, who represents the neighbor group. Anzelmo said adding uses for Grand Teton National Park concessionaire Grand Teton Lodge Company to the Golf and Tennis site would be an “extreme change in land use” that she doesn’t expect Teton County could allow.
The land in question is slated for golf maintenance facilities and employee housing. It’s already home to a manager’s residence, a 22-person employee dormitory and some maintenance infrastructure.
The existing 2002 master plan limits additional employee housing on that site to 2,522 square feet of a “townhouse-style development of three three-bedroom employee housing units.”
Last summer Golf and Tennis filed a similar application asking for flexibility in how to deliver workforce housing, whether with 13 RV pads, modular units or dormitories. At public hearings before Teton County officials, neighbors mainly protested the RV pads, worried about the aesthetics and character of a trailer park and favoring a permanent housing option.
Klein said Golf and Tennis has heard the neighbors, and the new, revised proposal incorporates that feedback by scaling down the number of RV pads and increasing permanent employee housing in apartments or dorms. Because Golf and Tennis’ housing needs are seasonal, units could be rented in the off-season to other workers.
“We’re trying to be responsive to the public comment and the comments from elected officials,” Klein said.
But Anzelmo said the Golf and Tennis owners submitted the applications “cloaked in secrecy,” and neighbors have found out about such applications only by checking filings in the county’s Geographic Information System online.
She said the club has continued to change its proposal without updating or consulting neighbors — this time adding facilities to support broader Grand Teton Lodge Company needs on the site and proposing to house 35 more employees rather than 13 to 26, as previously proposed.
“They have not respected the community or the neighbors who share land boundaries with them, to even advise us of what they were about to propose,” she said.
Master plan amendments must undergo a review from the Teton County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. No meeting dates are yet scheduled.
“We’re happy to continue having conversations with the neighbors and others in the community to try to do what’s best for the whole: for our business, for the community as well as the neighbors,” Klein said.