The Jackson Town Council will take up several key issues when they meet twice Monday, including a request for a northern South Park sewer and water connection, a contract for a housing nexus study, and a Snow King Avenue affordable housing development.
The two Monday meetings — first an afternoon Joint Information Meeting with county commissioners, then the council’s regular meeting in the evening — come after the council met three times this week to deliberate the town’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Two of those meetings were all-day joint meetings with county commissioners.
The northern South Park sewer and water connection request will be presented to the council at its regular meeting in the evening. The request follows a months-long debate over connecting the Gill family’s proposed 26-acre development to town sewer and wastewater infrastructure.
After contentious application hearings before the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, the Gills approached the Wyoming Legislature to lobby for a bill to prevent town councils from tying connections to sewer and water to deed restrictions intended to provide affordable housing. The family argued that the town had “delayed” a response to their request to connect and said the bill was necessary to protect property rights.
The council responded that it was trying to finalize a wastewater capacity study before making a decision. Critics of the Gills’ approach described the tactic as another example of a years-long fight over local control of planning and zoning.
Gov. Mark Gordon signed the bill into law April 21.
Also at the evening council meeting, Housing Director April Norton will present a request for proposals for an affordable rental housing development at 400 W. Snow King Ave., Community Engagement Specialist Susan Scarlata said.
At the earlier Joint Information Meeting, town councilors and county commissioners will hear from Jackson Community Development Director Tyler Sinclair about a contract awarded for a consultant to conduct a Housing Nexus Study and Regional Housing Needs Assessment.
Councilors and commissioners have said the study is needed before elected bodies can properly reassess housing mitigation rates. Commercial housing mitigation rates were cut last year until the study could be done, a preemptive measure to appease some state legislators who could have moved to eliminate the mitigation rates altogether.