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Town to give shape to new lodging overlay

By Ben Graham, Jackson Hole Daily
May 06, 2013

Town officials will have their say Wednesday on exactly where hotels should be allowed in Jackson.

At a 5:30 p.m. meeting in Town Hall, town council members are expected to recommend boundaries for a new lodging overlay. They also will say where specific kinds of lodging should be permitted.

That will come after the council and town planning commissioners review public comment and hear thoughts from staff on the new zone.

Redesigning the overlay is the first phase of rewriting new land development regulations, as called for under the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan.

The zone designates where in town short term rentals can be built. That includes hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and rental houses.

Residents have been giving their opinion since March through a series of public workshops. They were also able to draw their own versions of the overlay using a website set up by the town. That information was collected by the town planning department.

Based on the comment and an analysis of the comprehensive plan, the department has drawn a preliminary version of the overlay that is larger than the old version and includes more property along South Cache Street and West Broadway.

Its western-most boundary is the Staples plaza property. Lots were also added on either side of South Cache between the Center for the Arts and  Snow King Avenue.

Elected officials will start with that version of the overlay and make changes from there.

Later this summer the town will nail down the details of the overlay, like building size.

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