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Teton County P&Z Considers Height Ordinance

On Tuesday, April 10th 2012 the Teton County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) held a public hearing to consider a draft proposal to amend Teton County’s rural height regulations.  Having received input at last month’s work meeting, the Teton County planning staff proposed an updated rural height ordinance.  The proposal called for two key changes to the 30-foot height limitation that currently applies to all non-agricultural residential and non-residential buildings located in the unincorporated county.  

The first proposed change was to the residential height regulation.  The planning staff proposed an amendment that would allow, by right, architectural features that rise an additional 10-feet higher than the height of the home, which would still be limited to 30-feet. The total allowable height of the residence and its architectural features in that case would therefore be 40 feet. 

The second change proposed by planning staff was for non-residential buildings to be allowed architectural features such as smokestacks, bell towers and such up to 30-feet higher than the height of the structure, which would again still be limited to 30-feet.  The total allowable height of the non-residential structure and its architectural features in that case would therefore be 60 feet. Those features would have to be approved through an administrative design review process with the county planning department. 

Neither proposed change would in any way impact or alter the existing height regulations for agricultural buildings and silos which is set at 60-feet. 

After lengthy deliberation, P&Z unanimously recommended no changes to the existing height regulations for agricultural buildings (60-feet) or non-residential, non-agricultural buildings (30-feet) in the unincorporated county.  P&Z did recommend an amendment to the residential height limitations that allows for architectural features that are up to 4-feet above the basic 30-foot height limitation, so long as the features cover no more than 10% of the roof area. 

The next step for the proposed changes to the rural height regulations will be a public hearing in front of the Board of County Commissioners. 

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