Gill meeting

Teton County Commissioners Mark Barron and Luther Propst discuss the Gill family’s proposal to rezone 74 acres of their property in northern South Park. The board ultimately shot down the proposal 4-1, with Barron casting the only vote in favor of the rezone.

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners has denied the Gill family's request for a 74-acre upzone intended to pave the way for a 300-plus unit housing development on the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch.

The decision caps an eight-month odyssey that saw the Gill family and members of the community who supported the project square off with housing advocates and conservationists.

The Gills and those in support sought a speedy approval of the rezone as a way to address the housing crisis and move toward other regulatory approvals on the way toward breaking ground.

Critics sought more guarantees about affordability than what was laid out in the Gills' proposal, which entailed deed restricting 65% of the lots in the development for the local workforce, but having the partners who purchased or were gifted the lots do so. Habitat for Humanity was promised 30 or 40 lots, and the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust was promised another 50 Monday.

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 against the proposal, with the majority of the board arguing in favor of neighborhood planning the area first.

"It’s getting done, it’s happening," Commissioner Mark Newcomb said. "Let’s follow through on that effort first and then get an appropriate housing project in place."

Commissioner Mark Barron was the lone voice of dissent.

"For the applicant, for the community, you saw a vote here that didn’t meet your expectations. Clearly, the board feels compelled to get the neighborhood plan completed or substantially completed before the zoning request is put forth," Barron said. "I would hope that everybody would be patient."

This is a developing story. Pick up a copy of tomorrow's News&Guide for more.

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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