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Tyler Sinclair

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Alex Norton

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Regan Kohlhardt

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Housing Requirements LDR Update

The purpose of this project is to update the community’s requirements that new development provide affordable housing to mitigate the need for such housing generated by the development. The policy basis for these regulations needs to be updated to reflect the Comprehensive Plan and 2015 Housing Action Plan; as does the data justifying the requirements.

At the May 1st Joint Information Meeting, the Council and Commission approved the selection of Clarion Associates as the housing specialist for the Housing Requirements LDR Update and for the Technical Consultant for the Natural Resource LDR Update.

Meetings & Public Workshops

May 1st Joint Information Meeting | Consultant Selection

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March 6th Joint Information Meeting |Project Scoping

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February 6th Joint Information Meeting | Approval of RFQ for Public Outreach

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Request for Proposals: Housing Requirements Specialist | April 2, 2017 RFP Addendum 

Request for Qualifications: Public Engagement Coordinator | March 9, 2017 RFQ Addendum

Housing Action Plan?

Affordable Housing Review (private study) 2015

Western Greater Yellowstone Regional Analysis of Impediments 2014

Employee Generation by Land Use (Nexus) Study 2013

Housing Jackson Hole (Blue Ribbon Panel) 2010

Housing Needs Assessment 2007

Project Purpose
The purpose of the Housing Requirements LDR Update is to align the requirements for the mitigation of
housing impact from new development with the community’s housing policies as stated in the Comprehensive
Plan and Housing Action Plan.
• Primary LDR Divisions to be updated:
o 6.3. Employee Housing Requirements
o 7.4. Affordable Housing Standards

• Comprehensive Plan Strategies implemented by Project:
o 5.3.S.2: Update current mitigation requirements as necessary.

• Housing Action Plan Actions potentially implemented by Project:
o Update the mitigation requirement for residential development to a simpler standard based on
floor area (see Housing Nexus Study).
o Update the mitigation requirement for commercial development to a standard that mitigates for
year-round employee generation (Housing Nexus Study).
o Ensure Town and County requirements work together as a single, simpler system.
o Explore limits on the rate of residential and nonresidential growth to limit employee generation.

Project Context
The Housing Requirements LDR Update project does not exist in a vacuum. It is informed by past decisions
and research and will impact implementation of many aspects of the LDRs.
• Comprehensive Plan Policy Direction
o Policy 5.1.a: House at least 65% of the workforce locally
o Policy 5.1.b: Focus housing subsidies on full-time, year-round workers
o Policy 5.1.c: Prioritize housing for critical service providers
o Policy 5.2.c: Provide workforce housing solutions locally
o Policy 5.2.d: Encourage restricted rental units
o Policy 5.3.a: Mitigate the impacts of growth on housing
o Policy 5.3.b: Preserve existing workforce housing stock
o Policy 5.4.b: Avoid regulatory barriers to the provision of workforce housing

• Housing Action Plan Initiative Direction
o 5C. Require mitigation of employees generated by growth that cannot afford housing
• Relationship of Housing Requirements to Housing Incentives and Allowances

o The Housing Requirements LDR Updates can only address housing need generated by
development and redevelopment.
o The existing shortage of housing and the loss of existing workforce housing to non-workforce
occupants has to be addressed through allowances and incentives.
o Allowances and incentives will be discussed as part of zoning updates, not this process.
o If housing need generated by development and redevelopment is not fully mitigated through
housing requirements, it too will have to be addressed through allowances and incentives.

• Relationship of Housing Requirements to Housing Department Rules and Regulations
o The Housing Requirements in the LDRs specify the amount, location, and type of deed restricted
housing that must be provided within a development. The Housing Department Rules and
Regulations establish the occupancy, qualification, size, and other standards for deed restricted
o The Housing Department is updating its Rules and Regulations (FKA Housing Authority
Guidelines) concurrently with the update of the Housing Requirement LDRs.

• Relationship of Housing Requirements with other LDR Updates
o Technically housing requirements are independent from the other zoning requirements in the
LDRs, and therefore these updates have little opportunity to create inconsistencies, and will not
hold up other processes.
o Practically, a housing requirement is a development cost that is evaluated by a developer along
with all other development costs; and if the sum of all development costs is too great, the
development will not occur.
o The Housing Requirement LDR Updates is one of 5 projects currently being initiated that will
have coordinated public engagement.

• Current (“1994”) Housing Requirement LDRs
o The current housing requirements are based on the 1994 Nexus Study, which found that the
subdivision/entitlement of new units was the cause for rapidly increasing land value and
therefore home price.
o Under the current LDRs an inclusionary requirement that 20-25% of all new residential units be
restricted is intended to provide the housing needed for year-round residents generated by growth
who cannot afford market housing.
o Under the current LDRs a mitigation requirement on nonresidential development is intended to
house the seasonal workers generated by the development that cannot afford housing.

Project Timeline

ecosystem stewardship | growth management | quality of life