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Town hires Texas group to help rewrite rules

By Ben Graham, Jackson Hole Daily
April 11, 2013

The Jackson Town Council has hired a consultant to help rewrite development rules for downtown.

Council members signed off this week on a $94,000 contract with Austin, Texas-based Code Studio. The consultants — whose website touts work for 50 communities drafting planning documents and development legal code — will convert public comment and input from town elected officials, staff and the planning commission into Jackson’s new zoning and building guidelines.

The group also will assist the town in facilitating public workshops, which are scheduled to begin in June. Public meetings about the lodging overlay already are under way.

In addition, Code Studio will provide three-dimensional computer modeling of what parts of downtown would look like under proposed changes to land development rules.

Town and county leaders also hired the company — with another $39,540 contract — to organize and format the new rules. Code Studio already is “diagnosing” the current regulations by determining where they don’t match up with the new town and county comprehensive land-use plan.

Included in the town’s overall $160,000 budget for rewriting the development guidelines is another $3,500 that can be used to hire local experts, such as architects or planners, to help with the process.

Jackson planning staff will work with the consultants, coordinate workshops, record and consolidate public comment and review draft code.

The total price tag for updating the valley’s land-use plan will be more than $300,000, according to estimates from town and county planners.

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