Snow King officials have formally submitted a new application to overhaul the resort’s master plan, resetting the process of review after another attempt faltered earlier this year.
The new application to amend the plan — which guides development at the resort — comes about six months after the resort reached an impasse with the town and, ultimately, withdrew the 2018 application. The resort stepped back to reevaluate its strategy and last week sent an updated list of requests and concessions to the town.
“It will be treated as a new application,” said Tyler Sinclair, community development director for the town. “It’s not like it will be a continuation of the work we did before.”
Likewise, the review process will look different in some respects this time. For example, the first was preceded by a series of lengthy stakeholder meetings, in which 16 people outlined their ideal vision of the Town Hill in recommendations to the Town Council. There won’t be another stakeholder process.
The first round also included the largest public hearing in years at the Lodge at Jackson Hole, which drew more than 200 people, many of whom offered their support or opposition to Snow King’s development plans. There probably won’t be another of those either, though there will be opportunities for public comment as town planners, the Planning Commission and the Town Council vet the application in the coming months.
The new application is essentially what emerged from the first set of negotiations with the town. Resort representative Jeff Golightly said Snow King made the changes the council requested.
“We listened to every single thing the Town Council recommended,” Golightly said. “All of the consequential items we have adopted into this new plan. We are very hopeful that this is seen as listening to our community.”
Besides those changes, the new application includes a few new ones, including downsizing development potential on Snow King Hotel from five wings to two and adding three new workforce housing buildings along Vine Street for required mitigation as the resort district is built out.
Resort officials are also proposing a new plan for an undeveloped lot east of Phil Baux Park. Under the current master plan it’s slated for development as a conference center, but they want to also allow indoor recreation space there.
Snow King withdrew its first application because the councilors would not send a letter signing off on several controversial proposals to the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which has undertaken a separate review of the master plan.
But Snow King is no longer asking for the letter in support of the zip line, a summit road and boundary expansion, among other projects on forest land, removing a major sticking point in negotiations with the town.