The planning commission will meet this evening to discuss allowing homeowners to build accessory apartments in various parts of town.
Commissioners will consider an amendment to the Land Development Regulations that would make it legal to put ‘accessory residential units’, or ARUs, in Neighborhood Conservation zones as well as in Rural and Suburban Zones.
This past spring, the Jackson Town Council asked their planning staff to look for ‘low hanging fruit” to provide workforce housing.
During four sparsely attended neighborhood meetings, a generally positive reaction was expressed to planners. In all, only 59 residents showed up at the meetings but they expressed strong support.
If approved, the change would allow units to be no larger than 800 square feet and would have to comply with existing standards on floor area and landscaping. There would be some flexibility on setbacks for detached accessory units.
One opposition comment came in a letter from Town Council candidate Judd Grossman who wrote, “Self-righteous development advocates will call us NIMBYs for not willingly laying down and agreeing to become “low hanging” fruit crushed under the frantic rush to “do something” about affordable housing. But all of us who live in Jackson Hole are NIMBYs. Jackson Hole is our backyard and we have struggled for decades to preserve our open space, wildlife habitat, our town square and our stable residential neighborhoods.”
The meeting starts at 530pm at the Town Hall.