The Jackson Town Council met twice in the Town Hall’s
Council Chambers. In the afternoon a Town Council Workshop was held and in the evening a
Regular Evening Town Council Meeting took place. At the afternoon workshop, members of the
Town Council discussed several items ranging from a wildlife viewing platform to housing the
Home Ranch Welcome Center with a Chamber of Commerce employee. At the evening meeting
all items on the Consent Calendar were approved and items including the Housing Supply Plan
and a Parks and Recreation Shop Sketch Plan & CUP were discussed. Below is a summary of
some of the outcomes of these meeting.
The Town Council approved the final concept design for an ADA accessible Nature Viewing
Platform at the Murie Family Park. Now Jackson Hole Public Art and the Town of Jackson will
develop a Commission Agreement with the artist and a Memorandum of Understanding with the
National Elk Refuge to be reviewed and approved by the Town Council at a later date.
“It’s a fabulous and inspired idea that has gone through over 2 years of public comment and
vetting,” said Town Council Member Don Frank. “It’s not perfect, but it’s practical.”
The Town Council approved moving forward with consideration of stationing a Jackson Hole
Chamber of Commerce employee in the Home Ranch Welcome Center. Rick Howe, the Director
of Visitor Services for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, presented the concept of housing
a Chamber employee in this Town-owned building. Mr. Howe informed the Town Council that
the Chamber of Commerce would soon be losing their presence on the Town Square and will be
relocating their headquarters to 260 W. Broadway.
The topic of Underage Alcohol Service and Clean Air Zones was discussed, but the Town Council
decided that further discussions were necessary in order to make an informed decision. Town Staff
will work with stakeholders to present further information at a later date. The discussion of the
North King Street Connection was postponed until a later date due to time constraints.
At the regular evening Town Council meeting all items on the Consent Calendar were unanimously
approved including hosting the finish of a 180-mile running relay at Phil Baux Park. In August
of 2017 a new special event, the Grand Teton Relay, will conclude in Phil Baux Park. This race
has ended at Teton Village since 2011, but due to scheduling conflicts surrounding the Solar
Eclipse the relay organizers were searching for a new finish line home. On Saturday, August 12th
it is expected that one hundred and twenty runners will cross the finish line just past the Snow
King parking lot. The event organizer has committed to donating 5% of event registration revenue
to Teton Youth and Family Services.
In continued efforts surrounding compliance and enforcement of the short term rental ordinance,
the Town Council approved the purchase of software for short term rental compliance called “Host
Compliance.” According to the staff report, “This Cloud-based service aggregates statistics from
more than 15 of the most popular Web-based VRBO listing sites and services. It will provide a
dashboard for Planning staff to view short-term rental information filtered against Town zoning
areas.” The Town Council passed an ordinance in 2015 limiting short rentals in an effort to
preserve neighborhoods, increase employee housing inventory, and improve health and human
safety expectations. This software would assist town staff with enforcement of the established
The Town Council received a Housing Supply Plan Update from April Norton, Housing Director.
The Town Council also decided to continue the discussion of the Parks and Recreation Sketch Plan
and CUP until a later date. They approved a basic use permit / housing mitigation at what is
known as the old Teton Theater (120 N. Cache Street) and they also approved a boundary
adjustment at 480 S. Cache Street.
For a complete review of the Town Council meeting in its entirety anyone can access recorded
meetings on-line at the Town of Jackson’s website: www.townofjackson.com. The public is
always welcome to attend these meetings and provide public comment on these topics. The public
will always be provided with an opportunity to provide public comment not listed on the agenda.
Past meetings are stored on the Town of Jackson website as well.