Larry Huhn

Larry Huhn asks the Teton County Board of County Commissioners to reconsider his proposed Hog Island workforce housing development at a spring meeting.

Developer Larry Huhn has been given a second shot to talk workforce housing development in Hog Island before the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.

The discussion is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Monday in commissioners’ chambers.

Huhn announced in February a proposal that would alter the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan to add a new neighborhood 7 miles south of town. The 84-acre parcel, adjacent to Munger Mountain Elementary School, is suitable for concentrated workforce housing, Huhn’s team argued, being next to the school and near a newly expanded five-lane highway.

Commissioners and Town Councilors rejected the application April 23 in a 7-2 vote, citing concerns about permanent affordability, development sprawl and traffic.

After Huhn pleaded with elected officials to reconsider, commissioners agreed to another discussion about Hog Island housing, albeit falling within the parameters of the current comp plan.

“We still have people clamoring to have an opportunity to see this get fleshed out by the county commission,” Commissioner Mark Barron said.

Commission Vice Chairman Greg Epstein, who noted the board has “heard a lot of commentary” about the plan’s rejection, said Huhn should be heard out.

“In all fairness to that developer,” Epstein said, “I’d love to hear what he wants to bring back to us.”

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

(1) comment

Judy Nalley

Could it be the new site of rodeo grounds instead? Then put housing at the current fairgrounds in town?

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