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Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan Nears Adoption

The latest plan outlining Jackson and Teton County’s united community vision is just one vote away from being adopted.

City and county have been working together for three years to update the area’s comprehensive plan from its 1994 version.

The document regulates land-use and development. Ben Ellis, chair of the board of Teton County Commissioners, said it’s about balancing economic realities of living in a rural mountain town with the responsibilities of a very important ecosystem.

Ellis said it has been a very public process and there are some big changes.

“This shift away from more development in the county and concentrating that development on tighter footprints in developed areas such as the town of Jackson, is a fairly major shift and has taken a lot of work in the community to work through challenges associated with that,” said Ellis.

An adoption hearing is scheduled for May 8.

If the plan is adopted, Ellis said regulations will have to be built to meet the new vision and that could take years.

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