County Commissioners irked by proposed legislation concerning private school

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Teton County Commissioners today signed off on a letter opposing Senate File 49: County Zoning Authority – Private Schools.

The proposed legislation sponsored by Sen. Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) would override local county-level land-use regulations. It states: “No zoning resolution or plan shall restrict the location, use or occupancy of a private school…”

When Sen. Mike Gierau signed onto the bill last week it appeared to trigger the BCC into action.

“In general, we have serious concerns with any proposed legislation that negatively impacts the ability of county government to exercise appropriate local control over policy and regulation, and specifically, we oppose any proposed legislation that preempts local zoning,” the letter began. “Senate File 0049 would preempt local zoning policies and hinder the ability of local government to ensure that development adheres to the values and standards that our constituents have entrusted us to uphold. We respectfully request that you do not advance Senate File 0049.”

The letter was signed by all five commissioners.

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