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Public to get a say in where hotels could go

By Ben Graham, Jackson Hole Daily
March 18, 2013

Jackson Hole residents today will get the chance to say where they believe hotels should be allowed in town.

Town leaders are hosting a public forum on the lodging overlay from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight in the theater lobby of Center for the Arts.

Participants in the workshop will gather in small groups to discuss whether the lodging zone’s existing boundaries should be altered.

The land use designation permits short-term rentals, which in turn allows hotels, motels and other forms of lodging to be built. The overlay currently includes much of northwest Jackson and a few lots at the bottom of Snow King Mountain ski area.

Any changes to the overlay boundaries could have significant implications for developers and residents. The community and town officials could ultimately decide that larger lodging facilities are appropriate in certain portions of town, or that hotels should be banned altogether from other areas.

Two more forums will be held March 23 and April 11.

Reviewing the overlay is the first step in rewriting the town and county’s land development regulations, as called for in the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan. So far, town officials have set aside $19,000 to cover the cost of revising the lodging overlay.

Residents may also share their opinions of the overlay by visiting the town-created website Lodging.JacksonTetonPlan.com.

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