Housing discussion

The real estate market in Jackson Hole is tight and a house selling for under $800,000 in Cottonwood Flats received six offers over one weekend in November. Workers, businesses and social service nonprofits are all feeling the housing pinch and the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners will consider a number of housing-related issues Monday afternoon.

Monday's joint information meeting is slated to be chock full of discussions about housing and local housing policy.

After discussing the Jackson Hole Airport's budget request, the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners are set to start off the housing discussion with a conversation about a new Housing Nexus Study, which provides the data underpinning Teton County's housing mitigation program. That's a policy that requires developers to build or pay for employee housing when they're constructing new commercial or residential buildings.

Norton will then present the Housing Supply Plan and her request to put $13 million toward housing projects over the next fiscal year.

The conversation is set to wrap up with discussion about approving the 2021 Indicator Report. In draft form, that document shows that housing costs are increasing, but the percentage of the Teton County workforce living in Teton County may be stabilizing.

The 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan set a goal of housing 65% of the workforce locally, and the number has hovered between 58% and 59% in the last few years of reports. But some planning commissioners questioned whether the number is actually lower.

The joint information meeting is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. with the discussion of the airport's budget and will be held virtually.

Those interested in watching can tune in over Zoom. The webinar ID is 836 6971 5693 and the password is 83001.

There was no phone dial-in information listed on the agenda, which can be found at TetonCountyWY.gov.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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(1) comment

Judd Grossman

Cottonwood was supposed to be affordable housing for the middle class. It was for a generation. Now it's not. Each generation will ask for another round of development. When will it end? How overpopulated and overdeveloped will JH get? Better to stop now while there is something left to save.

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