The planning clock is now ticking.

The Gill family has formally kicked off the first of many public review processes in its proposal to develop hundreds of units of market-based housing in northern South Park.

Their goal is to develop hundreds of units of market-based workforce housing targeted at the local workforce.

“Our community depends upon key workers living here locally," rancher Robert Gill said in a paid Buckrail post Saturday. “These people are vital to the safety, health and vibrancy of our community. But many are now living at a distance because there is no other choice. We can change that.”

Rezone timeline

On Monday, Teton County's planning and building department received the family's application to rezone 74 acres of land on the northwest corner of the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch.

The county now has about two weeks to determine whether the application is "sufficient."

If that goes smoothly, planners will have another 90 days to review the application before scheduling a public hearing with the planning commission, which will then make a recommendation to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.

That body then must hold another public hearing within 60 days of the planning commission's recommendation where they will either approve, deny, or approve the proposal with conditions.

So, yes — expect some time to pass before this submission is finalized.

Another five months and two public meetings could elapse before the Gills get an answer on the first of at least three public processes they'll need to go through before bringing their project to fruition. 

If the rezone is approved, sketch and development plan reviews will follow, including more meetings. 

A pending update to the 2012 Teton County/Jackson Comprehensive Plan could tack on some more time, depending on what elected officials want to see in a neighborhood planning process for the area.

Northern South Park has been a target for development for decades, but no projects have succeeded.

What it might look like

A PDF of the formal rezone application, including basic renderings of what the area could look like once developed, is attached to this article.

In a nutshell, the proposed switch from a rural zoning to a denser, auto-urban residential zone could allow the family to develop a maximum of 312 town-sized lots on those 74 acres.

Sixty-five percent of the lots, about 200, would be deed restricted in some way for the local workforce and between 30 and 40 would be gifted to Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area.

Each parcel could have a 2,850-square-foot single family unit, or a 2,500-square-foot single family unit and a 500-square-foot accessory unit, which could be rented to people who work in Teton County.

You can read more about the family's proposal for the 74 acres up for rezone here.

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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