Moose-Wilson discussed

Moose-Wilson Road meeting

County commissioners are being offered a chance to sit down with Park Service officials including Superintendent David Vela, his deputy Kevin Schneider, and management assistant Gary Pollock. The discussion is covering everything about the NPS preferred Alternative C: How did they come up with it? What do they still want to hear as far as feedback? What is set in stone and what cam change?

Vela said feedback during the first round of scoping topped 1,000 comments. The second phase of scoping, which Vela said was not required for the EIS, elicited 2,600 comments. The current third and final chance for public comment has been extended to January 30, 2016; park officials have received to date more than 2,700 comments, Vela said.

JHMR president Jerry Blann is on hand in the front row flanked by Melissa Turley and his lawyer.

Others in the community have turned out in numbers as well.

Vela said after analyzing feedback from public a decision should be forthcoming by Fall 2016. Stay tuned.

 

UPDATE:

It’s interesting. Every single person who spoke at public comment began the same way: They started off professing the importance of preserving such a unique and crucial section of park – the resources, the wildlife, the habitat, etc. “We love the park and especially Moose-Wilson corridor” each person said. Eventually came the “but.”

“But we want this…”

“But we want that…”

Each member of the public began well-meaning and then crammed their own wishlist into the EIS plan. Bike paths, buses, parking, road-widening, shortcut to the airport, etc.

Former GTNP spokesperson said it best in Save Historic Jackson Hole’s opinion.

“I plead with you to look at history and the battles fought that eventually led to the creation of the park. The very principles of conservation,” Anzelmo said. “We have something here that is singularly unique, and everyone can’t have everything they want. You are at a very special point in history; you this board. More than any other board at any other time in history.”

Rural LDR revisions at BCC meeting

BCC meeting 12-15-15
BCC meeting 12-15-15

BCC meeting 12-15-15
County commissioners discussed the rural LDRs revisions this afternoon. It was expected they would finalize the draft but after receiving public comment from more than a dozen valley residents, commissioners off approval for a day when they were better rested. The meeting lasted more than two hours when chair Barbara Allen suggested tabling the vote until “we have a little more energy.”

Public comment was received from Stephen Fodor, Jeff Daugherty, Bill Resor, Laurie Andrews (JH Land Trust), Deidre Bainbridge, Amy McCarthy (Teton Raptor Center), Horace Spitzer, Rich Bloom, Len Carlman (Snake River Fund), Brenda Wylie, Kelly Lockhart, Mary Scott (Conservation Alliance), Franz Camenzind, Hank Phibbs, and others.

Rural LDR revisions at Board of County Commissioners meeting

 

BCC meeting 12-15-15
BCC meeting 12-15-15

County commissioners discussed the rural LDRs revisions this afternoon. It was expected they would finalize the draft but after receiving public comment from more than a dozen valley residents, commissioners off approval for a day when they were better rested. The meeting lasted more than two hours when chair Barbara Allen suggested tabling the vote until “we have a little more energy.”

Public comment was received from Stephen Fodor, Jeff Daugherty, Bill Resor, Laurie Andrews (JH Land Trust), Deidre Bainbridge, Amy McCarthy (Teton Raptor Center), Horace Spitzer, Rich Bloom, Len Carlman (Snake River Fund), Brenda Wylie, Kelly Lockhart, Mary Scott (Conservation Alliance), Franz Camenzind, Hank Phibbs, and others.

Snow King Master Plan Phase II

Snow King

Representatives from Snow King will unveil particulars on the second phase of their expansion and Master Plan.

Phase II includes a new gondola to the top of the mountain, downhill mountain bike trails, zip lines, a restaurant, an observatory, expanded boundary ski areas, and other improvements. The new Treetop Adventure ropes course and Cowboy Coaster are already in operation.

We’re all for the survival of Snow King – Jackson’s historic ski resort now in its 77th year of operation – we just want to make sure things are done right and done smart. Owners’ wishes are to “create a world class mountain resort.” Big things are coming, they say (warn).

The town hill has given us all so many wonderful memories, let’s not ruin the magic with amenity after amenity after amenity in the name of keeping pace with other resorts.

If you love Snow King, and cherish your small town community, try to get there. We’ll give you a heads up and what went down if you can’t make it.

 

 

 

 

Moose-Wilson Corridor

Moose-Wilson Corridor

Save Historic Jackson Hole was at the open house at the Teton County Library where the NPS presented the 4 alternatives and answered questions about their preferred Alternative C.

The one question we had was whether vehicles parked within the corridor – whether at trailheads or ranches or discovery centers – would count against the 200 vehicle max at any one time. They would. the Park Service has accounted for the amount of parking spaces within the corridor. If all of them were being used, that would still leave room for 60 vehicles to be traveling the road at a time. That’s approximately one vehicle every 1/8-mile. The Park Service believes that to be a safe enough and fairly uncontested condition.

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Don’t be bullied by special interest groups and greed. Inform yourself and then make yourself heard. And above all, keep Wyoming wild!

http://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/management/mwccmp.htm

SHJH believes the most important topics on the schedule for review of the LDRs in the next 6 months are Conservation of the Rural Areas in the county and Lodging Overlay update/Downtown Zoning in the Town.  A more detailed list of topics is on the Planners Page.