Draft development plans for the area south of High School Road are close to being publicly unveiled, and the development area is starting to be scaled back.

The open ranchland has prospects to be developed into some type of affordable housing. But how affordable and how much housing has been in discussion for over a year.

The last time Planning and Building Services Director Chris Neubecker spoke to the News&Guide he said that public comment led him to believe the public wanted to see somewhere between 1,300 and 2,400 units proposed in the area.

Today’s meeting could explain why that number is likely to be scaled back. The webinar at 1 p.m. will be a discussion among the seven-member steering committee providing feedback on the “preferred plan” from the Teton County Planning and Building Services Department, along with the Berkeley-based building consultants Opticos Design Inc.

“The planning efforts are narrowing down to a smaller portion of the entire planning area to start,” Principal Long Range Planner Ryan Hostetter said in an email. “Future phases can include other portions of the planning area.”

The public is invited to watch, but not comment, in today’s webinar.

Public comment will be taken at meetings with future decision-making bodies of the town councilors, planning commissioner and county commissioners, and soon-to-be announced workshops over Zoom.

The Zoom webinar ID is 824 4602 3066 and additional updates can be found at JacksonTetonPlan.com/northernsouthpark.

Contact Sophia Boyd-Fliegel at sbf@jhnewsandguide or 307-733-2047.

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Judd Grossman

We need less development and more dedicated open space. Suburban sprawl won't make JH better.

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