Why we have a Comp Plan
Great places don’t happen by accident.
Neither do vibrant, resilient, inclusive communities.
Planning is how communities come together to create great places. It is a public process and conduit for communities to proactively define their future and identify how to get there. Fundamentally, planning determines how our business centers, neighborhoods, and gathering places look and feel; how we move and connect with each other; how we can live with wildlife and grow responsibly; and who we invite to be a part of our community.
In 2012, Jackson and Teton County adopted a joint Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) that identifies a vision for our future, shared values, and strategies to build the community we want. As defined in the Comp Plan, the vision of our community is to:
Preserve and protect the area’s ecosystem in order to ensure a healthy environment, community and economy for current and future generations
While preserving and protecting the area’s ecosystem is the core of our vision and community character, it is not possible without commitment to three common values: ecosystem stewardship, growth management, and quality of life.
Our community grows and changes over time. The Comp Plan is a living, breathing document with built-in pauses that allows us to revisit our values and if the decisions and investments we have made are honoring them.
Participate in the Comp Plan Update
Right now, our community is nearing the end of one of those pauses: the Growth Management Program / Comp Plan Update. This update is also a bit like Pandora’s Box – with the power to change our community for the better, or the worse. Our community needs YOU to advocate for changes that lead to a better future for our community, and to push back against those that don’t.
- Read up!
- Read the Comp Plan 7 Years Later report, our brief take, and our detailed letter on needed changes
- Past blogs
- Questions or ideas?
- Reach out to our planner, Brooke
- Comment on the draft changes to the Comp Plan (the “final” draft will be available on July 29 here)