Gill’s local worker housing proposal submitted

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Gill Family has formally submitted an application to Teton County for a residential-only housing development for Jackson’s workforce in which 65 percent of the lots are permanently deed-restricted.

The Gill Family’s application for rezoning 74 acres in northern South Park is intended to give hope and housing to local workers and their families struggling to find in-valley homes.

“Our community depends upon key workers living here locally: health care workers, law enforcement, school district employees, first responders, local, state and federal employees, employees of businesses we all use and need,” says Robert Gill, Jackson rancher and head of a six-generation valley family.

“These people are vital to the safety, health and vibrancy of our community. But many are now living at a distance because there is no other choice. We can change that.”

Daughter and local business owner Nikki Gill said the response since January, when ideas on this rezone were first made, has been mostly positive and forward-looking.

“So many people are incredibly supportive,” says Nikki Gill. “They are saying clearly, we need to start saying YES to new housing for our workforce. Especially when that new housing does not require government spending to create it.”

The Gill Proposal for rezoning would enable the following:

  • Maximum of 312 small lots for square foot limited homes, with 65 percent or 202 of those lots permanently deed-restricted to ensure real sustainability of employees in the workforce.
  • Similar density to neighboring Cottonwood, which was the last workforce neighborhood created more than three decades ago in 1984.
  • No taxpayer subsidies required.
  • A diverse product — single-family homes and possible rentals of small 500 square-foot units providing a much-needed rental housing product as well as supplemental income.
  • Neighborhood planning and smart transportation solutions via transit and workforce shuttling, along with a potential new east-west connector that is already envisioned because of the rezoning of land for Central Wyoming College. Plans include pedestrian-friendly walking and biking to the soon-to-be seven area schools and local conveniences in the northeast corner of northern South Park.
  • Housing for local workers in the western area of northern South Park — with no commercial.

“Every elected person in the last four years has campaigned on the need for new housing, pledging support to add inventory to solve our community’s dire housing crisis. Community support for solutions has also been clear — house local workers sooner, rather than later,” Nikki Gill added.

“As a family, we want to help our community. Answering the need for housing, we are proposing a solution that does not require scarce taxpayer dollars. Our hospital needs 150-160 housing units in-valley in the next 3-4 years due to upcoming retirements. These small lot, square-foot limited houses can be homes to healthcare workers, law enforcement, emergency first responders, school district employees, families in need of shelter selected by Habitat of the Tetons, local, state and federal employees who safeguard our wildlife and environment as well as employees of business services we all need.”

The rezoning process in Teton County takes 6-7 months of application analysis and review, with multiple public meetings. After the question of rezoning is answered, it is then that any site planning and potential layout of a development — known as a sketch plan — would be submitted.

Next, there is a separate process for development. All of which means, today starts a two-year process in which the public will have multiple opportunities for involvement and engagement.

Follow the project’s progress and learn more via the project’s website: www.highschoolroadhousing.com.

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