In a meeting with the Jackson Town Council earlier this week, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance came out in support of allowing short-term rental condominium construction in the downtown zone.
Executive Director Craig Benjamin spoke about the group’s support of the VRBO type units some developers would like to build in Jackson. He told the council that in order to empower private sector housing solutions, short-term lodging use of market-rate residential units should be allowed.
Benjamin said the group was initially concerned about the short-term use, but after meeting with downtown businesses, their conclusion was that the use would provide incentive for affordable units in the zone.
“In order to effectively empower the private sector to produce housing affordable to people who work here, please do include short-term rentals as part of the workforce housing incentive program.” Benjamin told the council.
Councilmember Jim Stanford was opposed to allowing short-term rentals in the downtown core saying that without a tradeoff, “It would create an additional 1.1 to 2.4 million square feet of commercial development potential.”
The Alliance also supported a tool that would allow property owners to redevelop to existing standards.
“In order to protect property rights and to encourage redevelopment, we would encourage you to find an appropriate way to grandfather in existing buildings in District 2 that currently exceed the proposed base FAR (floor area ratio),” Benjamin said.