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Lockharts look to develop Hereford Ranch in South Park

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Lockhart family has followed suit with the Gills by submitting a pre-application to develop 118 acres of South Park — a portion of the Hereford Ranch that has defined the area south of Jackson for decades. A similar proposal to development 74 acres in northern South Park was made by the Gill family earlier this year.

Both multi-generational ranching families hold vast agriculture acreage comprising much of the South Park area. Northern South Park has been eyed by planners and electeds as a place for housing and possible expansion of town. Like the Gills, the Lockharts are asking for a change of zoning from rural and suburban zones to the auto-urban residential zone—an upzone that would allow for more density.

As part of the 2012 Comp Plan update process, county leaders have been looking at LDR revisions countywide, but have zeroed in on the northern South Park area at times as a place for possible development and housing.

In submitting the proposal for the Lockhart family, Hal Hutchinson stated, “We recognize the importance of these lands to the community. We have considered the community when thinking about how these lands may benefit the community for housing while allowing for the continued agricultural use of the overall ranch.”

Hutchinson sketched out a three-phase approach to the development that would bring online first the 59-acre parcel closest to the High School. Subsequent parcels would be developed as needed by the community.

“This approach allows development to occur as demand dictates. It also includes solutions to difficult issues such as traffic congestion,” Hutchinson said, offering an east-west connector as one possible traffic easer.

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