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Jackson and Teton County adopt housing supply plan

The Jackson Town Council and Teton County, Wyoming Commissioners have unanimously approved a joint Housing Supply Plan. The action came in a joint meeting Monday.

The plan will serve as partial direction for Housing Director April Norton. It aims to increase the supply of workforce housing through purchasing, preserving and partnering.

The 2012 Comprehensive Plan set a goal to house at least 65 percent of the community’s workforce locally. Currently, 62 percent of the workforce lives locally.

At a separate meeting Monday night, the Town Council approved first reading of an ordinance amending the Town of Jackson Land Development Regulations. The change would allow Accessory Residential Units (ARU’s) in all residential zones within the town.

Also known as mother-in-law suites, carriage houses, or guest houses, the ARU’s provide opportunity for additional workforce housing.

“It is exciting to make real progress on community priorities,” said Mayor Sara Flitner. “This is the power of focusing our efforts and resources to get things done for our town.”

A 1 percent General Revenue Local Option Sales Tax will go to town and county voters in the November general election. If approved, 50 percent of the proceeds from the tax would be dedicated to workforce housing and 50 percent would be used for transportation.

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