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March 15, 2012 Teton County, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Town and County officials voted yesterday to postpone the approval of the Comp Plan’s character districts until Monday.

Town Council and the Board of County Commissioners were slated to approve the final step in the Comp Plan, the character district maps, yesterday during a four-hour public hearing at Snow King’s Grandview Lodge. But a lengthy public comment period, that lured almost 30 speakers to the podium, left little time for the board’s discussion period. So the joint board voted to continue the meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday. At that time, elected officials will discuss the more contentious topics raised by community members and then vote on the character districts, which are intended to guide how much development occurs in the valley and where.

Areas of grave concern among many public commenters included a desire to add specific development numbers to the character districts, and adding a statement of intent to clarify the main objectives of the Comp Plan.

Public commenter Gail Jensen approached the podium calling herself a messenger of a large group of people who are all in favor of a statement of intent. “We have 390 signatures from former elected officials and town and county employees to real estate agents and ski legends,” she said.

Another topic the Town and County will tackle on Monday is the possibility of altering the 60/40 policy, which would allow 60 percent of new development to happen in already developed areas, and 40 percent to occur in rural areas. Town Council and the Board of County Commissioners will convene 1 p.m., Monday in County Chambers. – Robyn Vincent

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