JACKSON, Wyo. — In a letter to the Town Council last week, housing advocacy nonprofit ShelterJH called for an emergency moratorium on all new development and building permits in the town of Jackson.
The letter, sent Nov. 10, was signed by ShelterJH’s board of directors on behalf of the nonprofit’s members. A year-long moratorium, the letter says, would offer the town a chance to update “its zoning standards to incentivize and regulate the production of homes that locals can afford.”
“As our elected officials, your job is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of your constituents,” the letter says. “The lack of affordable homes in our community impacts all your constituents.”
Additional comments from ShelterJH board members stressed the urgency of a moratorium.
“We are no longer in ‘crisis’, as we have been for years, we are in a state of emergency. Our housing situation is putting our entire community at risk, including families, businesses owners, wildlife (from commuters), and the soul of our community,” said ShelterJH Board Vice-Chair, Elizabeth Hutchings.
Town Councilors will meet at 6 p.m. today, Nov. 15. The proposed moratorium is not on the agenda, but ShelterJH is asking supporters to submit public comment before then.
“We are selling the future of our community to the highest bidder, and everything we love about this place aside from the landscape will be lost if we do not act now,” said Hutchings. “We know that our electeds care about the health and quality of life in our community, and they want to help provide homes that locals can afford.”
Shannon Sollitt contributed to this report.