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. Our community just completed the first update in 2020.