Teton County Wyoming

Jackson/Teton County Long-Range Planning


The Jackson/Teton County Long Range Planning is a joint department of the Town of Jackson and Teton County that addresses long-term planning issues in the community.

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Tyler Sinclair

Director of Planning

tsinclair@tetoncountywyo.org

 

Alex Norton

Town/County Long-Range Planner

anorton@tetoncountywyo.org

 

Regan Kohlhardt

Town/County Long-Range Associate Planner

rkohlhardt@tetoncountywyo.org

 

About Jackson/Teton County Long Range Planning


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 

Town & County Natural Resource Regulations Update

The purpose of this project is to update the environmental assessment process and regulations for protection of wildlife habitat and other natural resources in the community.

Updates
At the May 1st, Joint Information Meeting, the BCC and Town Council selected Clarion Associates as the Natural Resources Updates consultant and appointed stakeholders for the Natural Resources Update Stakeholder Group. 

Meetings & Public Workshops

May 1, 2017 Joint Information Meeting | Selection of Consultant & Stakeholder Group

 Read the Staff Report | Consultant Selection

 Read the Staff Report | Stakeholder Group

 

April 17, 2017 ?Town Council Meeting | Approval of Contract for Public Outreach

 Read the Staff Report?

 

April 3, 2017 Joint Information Meeting  | Selection of Public Outreach Consultant

 Read the Staff Report

 

March 6, 2017 Joint Information Meeting | Project Scoping

 Read the Staff Report

 

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

 Read the Staff Report 


Documents

Request for Proposals: Natural Resources Land Development Regulations Update | March 16, 2017

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


Background
Project Purpose
The purpose of the Natural Resource LDR Update is to align the natural resource protections in the LDRs with
the community’s natural resource policies in the Comprehensive Plan.
• Primary LDR Divisions to be updated
o 5.1.1. Waterbody and Wetland Buffers
o 5.1.2. Wildlife Friendly Fencing
o 5.1.3. Wild Animal Feeding
o 5.1.4. Air Quality
o 5.1.5. Water Quality
o 5.2.1. Natural Resources Overlay (NRO) Standards
o 5.2.2. Bear Conflict Area Standards
o 8.2.2. Environmental Analysis


• Comprehensive Plan Strategies potentially implemented by Project
o 1.1.S.4: Evaluate and amend wildlife protection standards for development density, intensity, location, clustering, permeability and wildlife-human conflict.
o 1.1.S.5: Evaluate mitigation standards for impacts to critical habitat and habitat connections and update as needed.
o 1.1.S.6: Identify areas for appropriate ecological restoration efforts.
o 1.2.S.1: Evaluate and update natural resource protection standards for waterbodies, wetlands and riparian areas.
o 1.2.S.2: Evaluate and update surface water filtration standards, focusing on developed areas near important waterbodies.

Project Timeline


Project Context
The Natural Resource 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 Principle 1.1 – Maintain healthy populations of all native species
?- Policy 1.1.a: Protect focal species habitat based on relative critical value
?- Policy 1.1.b: Protect wildlife from the impacts of development
?- Policy 1.1.c: Design for wildlife permeability
?- Policy 1.1.d: Limit human/wildlife conflicts
?- Policy 1.1.f: Require mitigation of unavoidable impacts to habitat
?- Policy 1.1.g: Encourage restoration of degraded areas
o Principle 1.2 – Preserve and enhance water and air quality
?- Policy 1.2.a: Buffer waterbodies, wetlands, and riparian areas from development
?- Policy 1.2.b: Require filtration of runoff
?- Policy 1.2.c: Monitor and maintain water quality
- Policy 1.2.d: Improve air quality


• Vegetation Mapping, Focal Habitat Mapping, and Cumulative Impact Study
o In 2013 Teton County mapped the vegetation cover of all private lands (and public lands within a certain distance of private lands) using ground-truthed aerial photography analysis.
o In 2017 Teton County will complete a focal habitat mapping project that identifies the relative habitat value of various areas of the County. The recent request by the Natural Resource Technical Advisory Board (NRTAB) to allow a longer period of peer review will not delay this project. Even an extended focal habitat mapping process will be complete by the end of April, which will be in plenty of time to inform the generation and analysis of alternatives in Phase 3 of this project beginning in July.
o In the future, consistent with Strategy 1.1.S.3 of the Comprehensive Plan, the County will establish a monitoring system for assessing the impacts of growth and development on wildlife and natural resources so that it can implement actions in response to what is learned to provide better habitat and movement corridor protection.


• Current (“1994”) Natural Resource LDRs
o The intent of the current LDRs was that an environmental consultant would analyze a site for the presence of specific “crucial” habitats, then analyze the impact of various development configurations on that habitat.
o The current LDRs were cutting edge when adopted and are still cited as a model.
o Reliance on environmental consultants to objectively inventory habitat and analyze impacts has
been called into question over the years. As a result, a system of County hired consultants, and EA and NRO exemptions has resulted.
o The current practice of environmental review has become increasingly contentious recently.


• Relationship of Natural Resource LDRs with other LDR Updates
o The natural resource protections in the LDRs are applicable in all zones. They are an
independent set of standards that can be updated independently from other standards of a zone.
o However, the Environmental Analysis and location of development requirements in the natural
resource LDRs affect a landowner’s ability to achieve other allowances, incentives, and requirements.
o The Natural Resource LDR Updates is one of 5 projects currently being initiated that will have
coordinated public engagement.


ecosystem stewardship | growth management | quality of life