More News May 24, 2016

Town Wants Input On Accessory Houses

by Jackson Hole. Media

 

The Town of Jackson’s Planning Department is currently exploring an amendment to the Land Development Regulations for allowing Accessory Residential Units (ARUs) – also known as mother-in-law suites, carriage houses, basement suites, and guesthouses – in all Town residential zones. ARUs represent an opportunity for providing additional workforce housing in Town. To solicit public feedback on where these units should be allowed, the Town Planning Department is hosting a series of public drop-in workshops:

May 31:           Senior Center                          5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
June 7:             Town Hall Chambers              11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 8:             Jackson Elementary School     5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
June 9:             Library                                     5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

ARUs are currently allowed in Town commercial zones to provide employee housing as well as two residential zones – Auto-Urban Residential (AR) and Residential Business (RB). Planning staff is exploring permitting ARUs in the remaining residential zones and wants specifically to know what areas of the Town of Jackson are best suited to accommodate ARUs.

The Planning Department also hopes to solicit feedback regarding concerns about allowing ARUs in certain neighborhoods and what kinds of incentives can be drafted as part of an amendment to encourage individual property owners to build an ARU.

ARUs pose a number of potential benefits for a community including the:

–          Provision of affordable housing, especially for the local workforce

–          Provision of housing for family members, whether for millennials moving home or aging parents

–          Opportunity to have caretakers living on-site

–          Diversification and augmentation of neighborhood character

Comments 1
  • Here’s some feedback, from my experience, on “…what kind of incentives can be drafted…to encourage individual property owners to build an ARU.”:
    -Don’t put them through the wringer in the application process. It shouldn’t take a year or more.
    -Don’t attach unnecessary requirements, like engineering studies for buildings that don’t need them.
    -Don’t keep adding more and more fees.
    -Don’t raise their property taxes if they build an ARU. In fact, give them a tax break. After all, they are helping you solve your problem.

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