Final Public Hearing on revised PUD ordinance passes peacefully
The much-anticipated public hearing for the revised Planned Unit Development ordinance (PUD) took place in the auditorium of Teton High School in Driggs. There was a modest turnout. Overall, the public comments were constructive and respectful. Everyone was generally in agreement that the language could use some simple tweaks to further clarify that this ordinance will not apply retroactively to previously approved lots.
Over 13 months of public input and professional advice has gone into the ordinance that is now before the County Commissioners. Our Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) has worked tirelessly for the past several months incorporating all of the public’s feedback into the ordinance. P&Z also reached out to several agencies and consultants such as the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Idaho Fish & Game, U.S. Forest Service, Booker Environmental, Intermountain Aquatics, Biota Research, Teton County Fire District, and the Teton Regional Land Trust to make the ordinance better than ever. Once they finished crafting all of their recommended changes to the ordinance, P&Z unanimously passed the PUD on July 17, 2008. The County Commissioners will now deliberate on all of the recommendations of the P&Z with the option to add changes of their own.
VARD would like to thank everyone who attended the final public hearing on the revised PUD ordinance as well as all of you who have been involved with the PUD ordinance revisions over the past 13+ months. The public participation throughout this process has been overwhelming and the revised ordinance truly reflects the vision of the entire community. The transparency of the process and the huge volume of meaningful community participation has led to a document that at the end of the day we can all be proud of.
Deliberations by the County Commissioners are set to begin at 6pm on Monday, September 22nd in the County Commissioner workroom. You are welcome to attend, but there will be no additional public comment taken during deliberations. If the County Commissioners need more time to deliberate after Monday night, they will set additional dates at that time.