JACKSON, Wyo. \u2013 Long-range planning director Tyler Sinclair teed up Monday\u2019s special joint meeting of the town council and county commissioners by saying there was no right or wrong order of discussing the items on the agenda that included 2012 Comp Plan updates, the FY21 Work Plan, and land use planning as it pertains to northern South Park. Electeds have been interested in only one topic of discussion since the Gill family proposed workforce housing for South Park (followed by a similar announcement from the Lockhart family) and they zeroed in on it from the get-go. To start Monday\u2019s JIM, councilman Arne Jorgensen\u2019s suggestion his peers start with a big picture, 30,000-foot view of the Comp Plan. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a lot of work in on this. We\u2019re really close on the Comp Plan,\u201d he said. That notion was cast aside as commissioner Mark Barron went straight for the jugular to address the elephant in the room that is development in northern South Park. \u201cI\u2019m very frustrated with this process right now,\u201d Barron said, referencing 440 Kelly and the Rains property as examples of how hard it has become for the town and county to work together even when they mostly all agree workforce housing is needed. \u201cThe county wants to get housing on the ground quickly. And I, frankly, don\u2019t have a lot of confidence we will be able to work together on this. I am at a loss as to why the town insists on taking the lead.\u201d Mayor Pete Muldoon shot back. \u201cI find it somewhat ludicrous to hear the town is not interested in housing,\u201d he said. Greg Epstein agreed, finding common ground amongst 10 divergent opinions was going to be difficult. As an olive branch he suggested any development in northern South Park be done to town standards (zoning, building codes, water\/sewer hookup). \u201cI look at the way our conversations have gone over the last 12 months and honestly don\u2019t think we are going to find a way forward,\u201d he said. \u201cUsing town standards and zoning on a parcel adjacent to town is necessary for the success of this development and the development of northern South Park. It\u2019s not a tactic. It\u2019s a way to get housing on the ground before the next decade. Allow us to move forward. I\u2019m pleading with the council at this point to let the county take the lead on this and get some housing for the community.\u201d Councilman Jonathan Schechter noted, \u201cThe tensions reveal our problems. There is no other place where there is such an obvious interface between the town and county. We really can\u2019t screw this up.\u201d And away they went. Coming to the middle of a Monday night A possible outcome from Monday\u2019s JIM could have been a release of two different Comp Plan update documents, differing on who thought they would take the lead on building northern South Park and whether that development would include an east-west connector road. While no one has overtly suggested annexation of a portion of South Park into town, the notion hangs in the air at every meeting. Whether or not that eventually happens, town electeds want a seat at the table because, for one, it will be town that will have to deal with the impacts of additional housing in South Park, Muldoon mentioned. The bending required to find an agreement was to start with county commissioners agreeing any development would be done to town standards and specifications, something Epstein and Barron were more than amenable to. But that was not enough for Muldoon who felt the town\u2019s voice would get squashed if wording in a Comp Plan or Work Plan stated that town would have only a consulting role on development in northern South Park. \u201cI don\u2019t want to give up our ability to be an equal voice,\u201d Muldoon said. \u201cI don\u2019t necessarily see 65% of workforce housing in these plans. I also want to see the details on how we will deal with the traffic and climate impacts of it. I want a say in the last piece of greenfield of development in this county. We have to get this right.\u201d Councilman Jim Stanford reminded Barron, a former mayor of Jackson, that the town and county had a 30-year history of working together to build the community. Stanford pointed out the importance of working together. \u201cA lot of constituents don\u2019t know the difference between the board of county commissioners or the town council\u2026and they don\u2019t care. They want us to talk as one community,\u201d he said. And together they came. For the most part. Councilwoman Hailey Morton Levinson helped get the ball across the goal line when she explained her thinking on a vote to move forward with a rough draft of the 2012 Comp Plan updates for public review and comment. \u201cI\u2019m trusting of the process. It\u2019s human nature to want to know the end result before we\u2019ve even started. Obviously, we can\u2019t know the end. But let\u2019s move it to the public for now,\u201d she said. The vote was called. The county was unanimous. Muldoon and Schechter were holdouts in the town vote but it passed 3-2. The public will soon get its chance to weigh in on the new 2012 Comprehensive Plan and what they want to see in South Park.