On June 26th, after having been remanded to the Planning Commission, the Snake River Canyon Ranch Resort (SRCRR) applications were back in front of the Teton County Board of Commissioners (BCC).
The Planning Commission and the BCC both said NO to the resort’s development proposal.
This decision was NOT a disregard for the importance of workforce housing for our community, but rather a protection of Teton County’s ecosystem and a decision based on our community’s vision, Land Development Regulations (LDRs) and Comprehensive Plan.
Workforce housing on Lot 23, adjacent to the Wild and Scenic Snake River was only one piece of the Snake River Canyon Ranch Resort’s (SRCRR) development proposal. They also proposed to keep the existing single-family development right on Lot 23 and relocate it within Area 2 of the Resort. The proposed transfer location is an environmentally sensitive area that had been intentionally planned for low density development and wildlife permeability. As proposed, the development did not comply with the Resort Master Plan or the LDRs. However, both regulatory documents permit transfers from Area 2 to Area 3. Unfortunately, the SRCRR has maximized development in Area 3.
The County Commission upheld the Resort’s Master Plan, the Land Development Regulations and Comprehensive Plan and voted on the proposal in front of them which included a density increase in an environmentally sensitive location and workforce housing on the Wild and Scenic Snake River.
Thank you, Commissioners Propst, Newcomb and Macker being our community’s leaders in ecosystem stewardship.