County Commissioners from both sides of Teton County will meet September 14 to discuss the jointly commissioned socio-economic impact study results regarding the proposed Grand Targhee Resort expansion
On September 14 the Board of County Commissioners from both Teton County, Wyoming and Teton County, Idaho will meet to review the results of the jointly commissioned Socio-Economic Impact Study by EcoNorthwest. The study found that the effects of growth at Grand Targhee Resort would disproportionately impact Teton County, Idaho and the county is likely to “experience only costs” from the development. This includes higher costs for emergency services and road maintenance and increased traffic congestion and use of the county’s solid waste transfer station. The report also estimates that the proposed expansion will exacerbate housing and lodging demands in the region, which due to the available revenue structure to Teton County, Idaho, the costs will dramatically outweigh the revenue.
The study reviews a few possible solutions to the potential impacts and is intended to inform both counties’ comments in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), expected to be released any day now. Check out the entire report here: “Effects of Proposed Grand Targhee Development on Public Services and Housing Markets in Teton County, ID”. The Jackson Hole News and Guide article on the study and community response also provides good insights.
Agendas and meeting links are posted on Thursday the week before the meeting. Check this link for up-to-date information: https://www.tetoncountywy.gov/AgendaCenter. And if you haven’t already, check out the Alliance’s community assessment, done in tandem with nonprofit partners to evaluate the potential impacts of the resort’s proposed expansion and help community members write comments in response to the DEIS: https://www.grandtargheeca.org/