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Emergency moratorium resolution; affrodable housing; solid waste contractor decision

Decision to hold a public hearing on emergency moratorium resolution

The day started out with a packed courthouse. Over the weekend word had gotten around that Commissioner Stevenson was presenting an emergency moratorium that would stop new development for 182 days.  The resolution with its findings can be read on our website under “What’s New” or on the county website.  As most of us know, our valley is under extreme stress from rapid growth and this moratorium will give the county commissioners and the planning and zoning commission some breathing room to do the work necessary to bring the counties ordinances up to speed, deal with the density issue, develop a Preferred Land Use Map (as required by state statute), put together a Capital Improvements Plan, and other tasks that need to be addressed. The board voted 2-1 to move forward with the emergency moratorium with Commissioners Stevenson and Young voting in the affirmative with Commissioner Trupp voting against. The public hearing was set for 6:30 PM at the high school.

Affordable Housing

Heidi Aggeler from BBC Research gave a presentation on the affordable housing study that they have been doing for the county.  One interesting piece of information brought out was comparative home prices across the region.   The median house price in Teton Valley is $449,000. In Teton County, Wyoming its $2.2 million and in St. Anthony/ Sugar City/Ashton: $149,950. The greatest need for affordable housing in the Valley is in the $130,000 to $202,000 range. Heidi mentioned that the final study is almost complete and will be sent to the board in the near future.

Solid Waste

The board heard presentations from Robson Trucking and Terra Firma Organics on their proposals to manage the county C&D pit, composting and the interim household garbage situation (until the transfer station can be completed). After discussion a motion was made to give Terra Firma Organics a 1 year contract with an option to extend after seeing how the operation would work for a year. Their decision was based on the experience of Terra Firma’s relevant experience. Terra Firma is in operation in Teton County, Wyoming and comes with a strong track record.  The contract was awarded to Terra Firma by a 2-1 vote with Commissioners Stevenson and Young in favor and Commissioner Trupp opposed.


Along these same lines, the board moved unanimously to move two ordinances to public hearing that would enable the county to give out fines for illegal dumping and for delivering contaminated C&D material.


The city of Tetonia had their regularly scheduled meeting with the board.  They informally talked about the Tetonia impact area but no decisions were made. 


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