Top Stories August 16, 2016

Referendum Gains Steam

by Jackson Hole. Media

Efforts to stop the new zoning laws in the downtown area are moving forward.

Save Historic Jackson Hole, a planning advocacy group, began gathering signatures for a petition to stop implementation of the rules shortly after they were adopted early this month.

The referendum process allows Town Council ordinances to be overturned provided a petition containing signatures of 10% of registered voters is turned in to the town.

The group, that was successful in the past with a lawsuit defeating the Painted Buffalo Inn and played a key role in overturning the Porter annexation in 2002 with a referendum, opposes the inclusion of short-term rental square footage that was inserted into the plan late in the process.

Jake Nichols, Director of SHJH sad, “It is the organization’s opinion that, while the process of updating those LDRs was lengthy and included a fair amount of public input and participation, the final draft passed was a rushed version that included a last-minute “compromise” that many Jackson residents are not comfortable with.”

Nichols said that Save Historic Jackson Hole does not take the matter of a referendum lightly.

“The decision to use a tool of last resort was made after thoughtful deliberation. SHJH continues to educate and inform the public. We advocate for responsible planning and development, and stand for a livable community.”, he said.

Nichols estimated that at least 60% of needed signatures have been collected. The petition is available at Gifts of the Earth on the Town Square and All About You on West Gill.

Signatures must be turned in to the Town Clerk on August 23rd.

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