A proposal to change the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis master plan is pitting neighbors against Vail Resorts, the management company that owns the club.
The resort is asking Teton County to allow up to 11,000 square feet of apartments or dorms and up to six RV sites for 35 employees where only 2,552 square feet of additional housing is allowed. New housing would be voluntary, as the subdivision has already built its required housing.
“The employee housing we would propose would provide housing for Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis as well as some Grand Teton Lodge Company employees,” Alex Klein, vice president of Grand Teton Lodge Company, a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, previously told the Jackson Hole News&Guide. “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 added Golf and Tennis facilities.
Golf and Tennis consultant Robert Infanger said the application seeks “synergistic use strategies to reduce traffic quantity generated by employees and operations.”
Golf and Tennis has been seeking various changes to the master plan since 2015, and neighbors have since been fighting that effort.
“The seven neighborhoods adjoining JHG&T are united in their opposition to this latest proposal,” Patty McDonald wrote in a letter. “It would change the character of the neighborhood, add major commercial/industrial operations to a long-standing golf and tennis community, threaten wildlife habitat, add noise, increase traffic, and likely reduce property values. ... I respectfully urge the Teton County Planning Commission to reject Vail’s proposal in its entirety.”
County planner Hamilton Smith is recommending approval of the additional housing allowances. However, he is recommending against the use of Golf and Tennis facilities for use by other Grand Teton Lodge Company entities.
Smith said the land development regulations call for resort areas to have a “high degree of self-containment” and predictability. Introducing outside uses separate from Golf and Tennis presents a “real policy issue,” he said.
“The application has requested the flexibility to add programmed workforce housing for GTLC employees that goes beyond the level of predictability expected of a self-contained planned resort,” Smith wrote in a staff report.
The Teton County planning commission began its hearing on the application Oct. 28. Planning commissioners will pick up consideration of the proposal again at 6 p.m. Tuesday in county chambers.