Land transfer that will put new school in Stilson Lot moves ahead

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – During a special meeting convened on September 11, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) furthered discussions of a tripartite agreement between the county, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) and Teton County School District #1 (TCSD) that would land a new public school at Stilson.

All three stakeholders got a look at an Memorandum of Understanding MOU draft for a three-way land swap transferring 8.5 acres of county-owned land at Stilson to TCSD in exchange for the three acres of the school district’s exaction in Teton Village. TCSD would then convey that land over to the county.

During previous meetings, it was determined few thought a school at Teton Village made much sense. Representatives from JHMR and TCSD both expressed their amenability to finding some kind of an arrangement that would put the school in a more transportation-friendly spot—namely, the Stilson Lot.

County staff, as well as representatives from TCSD and JHMR, presented and commented on the proposed MOU during Tuesday’s meeting, and the BCCs directed staff to work with all parties to modify the draft MOU based on the discussions that took place at the meeting.

The main ideas discussed in relation to the Stilson Park Subdivision and the subsequent MOU were focused on the following items:

  • Teton County Planning staff initiating the process of a zoning map amendment for the portion of the parcel owned by Teton County.
  • All parties involved working collaboratively on a potential new development plan for the area.
  • Removing the requirement that the parcel currently owned by Teton County be developed as “unlighted playing fields.”

Representatives and legal counsel from all three entities will now move forward with this direction from the Board of County Commissioners and reconvene at some point in the near future.

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