Northern South Park Neighborhood Plan

Project Summary: Prepare a conceptual Neighborhood Plan for Subarea 5.6 Northern South Park to best allocate the community’s remaining residential density within the overall cap in a manner that optimizes balanced Comprehensive Plan goals and informs future zoning decisions and development patterns. The Plan will focus on physical design, both public and private realm and site planning, as well as developing the related policies and tools necessary for successful implementation. The primary goal is to develop a community vision for this area, and to expand the affordable and workforce housing development opportunities in the community consistent with the vision and chapter goals identified in the soon to be updated 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan. The Plan will include an implementation component describing a path forward for the rezoning and development of the area.

  1. News & Highlights
  2. Project Status

> July 27: Final Adopted NSP Plan Available for Review

See the final approved and adopted Northern South Park Neighborhood Plan here.

> July 7: County Approves Northern South Park Neighborhood Plan

See the press release here. A final version of the plan will be available soon.

> Preferred Plan Presentations

Videos of the preferred plan presentations from April 21 are available for review below. Review the draft plan here.
Please provide comments by May 6.

12 pm Presentation & Questions

6 pm Presentation & Questions

> April 21: Preferred Plan Presentations Today

Presentations of the Preferred Plan draft will take place today at 12 pm and 6pm via Zoom. These presentations will be recorded. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Zoom Meeting ID: 828 4011 6229
Passcode: 985506

>  Draft Preferred Plan Available for Review by Clicking Here.

Zoom Workshop Presentation to be held April 21, see below for details:

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To provide online comments on this Preferred Plan, please click here.

>January 28: Project Update and Consideration of Scope Amendment

A draft of the "preferred plan", developed by Planning staff and consultants, was presented to the Steering Committee on January 13, 2022. Subsequently, staff received comments from the Steering Committee's review and new information from the Gill Family regarding a proposal to donate land in the project area to the Trust for Public Land. Since receipt of this new information, staff has worked with the Gill team and the consultant team to prepare a scope of work amendment for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Board of County Commissioners will review and provide direction on a scope of work amendment during the Board's voucher meeting on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 9 am. Staff is seeking direction from the Board regarding the options outlined in the staff report. 

>January 13: Steering Committee Meeting

WHEN: 1:00pm (MT) on January 13, 2022

WHERE: Zoom 

Or phone: 669-900-6833

Webinar ID: 824 4602 3066 


Since the project Steering Committee meeting on October 26th, the project planning team and consultants have narrowed down the neighborhood plan alternatives toward a “preferred plan” based on community feedback and an analysis of market forces, including land costs, infrastructure costs, and availability of construction labor.  Planners have received a lot of helpful information on top of all the public input submitted to the team. After a thorough review of feedback from the public and technical advisors, the planning team decided to narrow the neighborhood plan to focus on a "Phase 1" of the planning area in more detail.  The community planning effort for Phase 1 is designed to be implemented in a quicker timeframe and results in a realistic, buildable, and affordable product to meet community needs.   The January 13 Steering Committee meeting will focus on a discussion of Phase 1 of the draft Preferred Plan.

Feedback from the Steering Committee will be used to make edits to the Preferred Plan , which will then be released for public comment. Additional opportunity for comment will be available during public meetings with the Teton County and Town of Jackson Planning Commissions jointly. Following Planning Commission hearings, planners will schedule meetings with the Board of County Commissioners and the Jackson Town Council.   

>October 26: Steering Committee Meeting 

WHEN: 12:00pm (MT) on October 26, 2021


Or phone: 669-900-6833

Webinar ID: 840 3713 1105

MEETING AGENDA: Project Direction and Next Steps

12:00-12:10pm: Meeting objectives, roles of participants, action items/follow-up

 12:10-12:40pm: Consultant Presentation

  • Professional opinion on project direction and next steps 
    • if continued, how do you suggest we efficiently refine alternatives to a single preferred plan? 
    • If continued, what elements of the Alternatives do you advise moving forward into a preferred plan? What changes to the Alternatives should be considered?

 12:40-2pm: Steering Committee Discussion

  • Share your opinion on general project direction moving forward and best next steps (To summarize as three options, do you think the project should 1) Proceed as outlined in the original scope = pick one of 3 Plan Alternatives presented and move forward with minor adjustments and changes, or 2) proceed with an amended scope = dedicate more resources to development of a different preferred plan but use the three Plan Alternatives as teaching tools for guidance, or 3) Stop the neighborhood planning project = there is no confidence that we can come to a preferred plan that achieves both landowner and community interests?)
    • if continued, what are your ideas on working efficiently to refine alternatives to a single preferred plan? 
    • if continued, what elements of the Alternatives do you advise moving forward into a preferred plan? What changes to the Alternatives should be considered? (example: complete streets should be included in the preferred plan, but open space should be realigned in a different way, etc.) 

> October 7: Steering Committee Meeting 

WHEN: 10:00am (MT) on October 7, 2021


Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 824 4602 3066 


1. Follow-up from August 20th meeting (Kristi, 10:00am-10:15am)

  • Meeting Summary
  • What info has become available since? 

2. Plan Alternatives Financial Feasibility Analysis (Opticos & Cascadia, 10:15am-1:00pm)

  • Opportunity for Steering Committee and Planning staff to ask questions of the consultant team and discuss the source data, assumptions and methodology of the financial feasibility analysis prepared for the Plan Alternatives 

3. Steering Committee Report-Out (Steering Committee, 1:00pm -1:45pm)

  • Each Steering Committee member shares level of confidence in financial feasibility analysis as a comparative modeling tool and summarizes any remaining questions or requests for additional information. 

4. Looking ahead to next Steering Committee meting (Kristi, 1:45pm-2:00pm) 

  • Meeting Objectives 
  • Scheduling

Post-meeting homework: Prepare thoughts on suggested direction for the remainder of the project.

> August 30: Financial Feasibility Data 

If you viewed the financial feasibility summary in the  Plan Alternatives presentation and want more information, see the document links below for the data sheets for each Alternative and assumptions made by Cascadia Partners in their modeling. We also are sharing a note from the Teton County Assessor on land valuation. 


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> August 19: Presentation + Open House 

August 19 2021 NSP Open House Ad


>August 20 Steering Committee Meeting

Video Recording of August 20 Steering Committee Meeting Available for Download (MP4)

Observe the meeting via Zoom!

When: Aug 20, 2021 09:00 AM Mountain Time 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 851 4898 5801

The Steering Committee will be reviewing Plan Alternatives, discussing their projected outcomes and comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

>April 15 & 16 Steering Committee Meetings


April 15, 2021: 9:00 – 11:00 am MST on Zoom ( or call  +1 669 900 6833 and enter Meeting ID 934 0579 2210)

April 16, 2021: 9:00 – 11:00 am MST on Zoom ( or call +1 669 900 6833 and enter Meeting ID 986 8827 1236)

Click here to view the meeting agenda.

>April 12 Joint Information Meeting: Progress Report

On April 12, 2021 Planning Staff provided a project update to the Board of County Commissioners and Town Council at their Joint Information Meeting. 

Click here to read the staff report and here to watch the video recording of the meeting.

>Public Workshop #1 Follow-Up: Online Exercises Now Live

On March 10, 2021 the Project Team hosted Zoom presentations to introduce the project to the community and facilitate a Q&A following each presentation. But the workshop activity tools are hosted online at this link and are open through March 28, 2021 to make it more convenient and accessible for participants. Activities include a questionnaire that asks you to rank potential plan features from most to least important, a site map where you can add sticky notes to comment on site considerations, and a visual preference survey that presents design examples from other communities and asks you to tell us what you like and do not like. 

These interactive tools are different than Community Survey #1 as we narrow the focus on future use and design options prioritized by the community. All public participation will be used by the project team to inform the three design alternatives that will be developed as part of the next phase of the Northern South Park Neighborhood Plan project.  

And if you missed the workshop or need more time to review the presentation and Q&A, video recordings of both workshop sessions can be viewed at the project's interactive Konveio website linked here. 

>Summary Results of Community Survey #1

In preparation for our first public workshop, we asked the community to tell us their broad vision for the future of Northern South Park in an online survey. With a whopping 398 responses from the public, we want to share the summary results of that survey here while we work on a analyzing the results in more detail. Stay tuned for release of a Northern South Park visioning memo that brings together these responses, insights from the 29 project stakeholder interviews, and post-workshop interactive questionnaires to form a big-picture community vision for a Northern South Park neighborhood plan. 




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>Community Survey and Upcoming Public Workshop

Your vision for Northern South Park: take the online survey and join us on Zoom for the workshop! 

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The first step in creating a neighborhood plan is to form a community vision for the site. This is where you come in: responses to this community survey will be presented and reviewed at the first public workshop with the purpose of refining a community vision for the future of Northern South Park. The resulting vision will provide a foundation for the neighborhood plan and will inform the next project phase as we develop plan alternatives.

Since this project began in December 2020, progression of tiered public participation has included appointment of a seven member Steering Committee by the Board of County Commissioners and one-on-one consultations with nearly thirty project stakeholders identified by the Steering Committee and Planning Staff. Both the Steering Committee and project stakeholders were selected from applications made by members of the public with special interest in this project. The purpose of this online survey and the upcoming workshop is to widen accessibility for participation in creating a vision for Northern South Park to all members of our community.

Also stay tuned for the upcoming release of the Existing Conditions Report prepared by partnering consultant group Opticos Design to analyze important current features of the Northern South Park area.

>February 26, 2021 Steering Committee Meeting

WHEN: 9:00am (MT) on February 26, 2021


Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 955 7202 7085


1. Follow-up from January meeting (Kristi, 9:00-9:15)

  • Check-in on project scope and timeline (closing out Phase 1)
  • Inter-meeting communication share

2. Presentation on Summary of Stakeholder Interviews (Drew, 9:15-9:35)

3. Prepare for public Workshop #1 (Drew, 9:35-10:00)

  • Review purpose of Community Visioning Workshop
  • Share and discuss draft workshop agenda
  • Steering Committee shares their advice/feedback on workshop questions and design 

4. Looking ahead to March SC meeting (Kristi, 10:00 – 10:10)

  • Review Existing Conditions Report
  • Discuss next Steps for Phase 3 Scenario Development

Post-meeting homework: Circulate community survey and workshop invite to your networks 

>January 15, 2021 Steering Committee Meeting 

WHEN: 9:00am (MT) on January 15, 2021

WHERE: Zoom or call-in at 669-900-6833  and enter Webinar ID: 960 1319 8804


  1. Follow-up from December meeting (9:00-9:10)
    1. December meeting notes: any edits?
    2. Check-in on project scope and timeline (closing out Phase 1)
    3. Inter-meeting communication share
    4. File storage and sharing check-in
  2. Establish Steering Committee protocol and ground rules (9:10-9:35)
    1. Understanding of role 
    2. Group protocol 
    3. Refinements/additions to critical success factors
    4. Group value statements 
  3. Stakeholder Selection for interviews and surveys (9:35-9:45)
    1. Review stakeholder list prepared by staff 
    2. Additional stakeholders that should be considered? 
  4. Data Inventory and Existing Conditions Information (9:45-9:55)
    1. Assessment of data resource list 
    2. Additional resources to offer?
  5. February Meeting
    1. Review Summary of Stakeholder Interviews 
    2. Review Existing Conditions Report 
    3. Prepare for public Workshop #1
Send list of additional stakeholders (if any) for consideration (to Kristi)1/22/21
Send additional data/resources to assist Opticos in preparing an Existing Conditions Report (to Kristi)1/22/21

> November 17, 2020: Contract approved for Opticos Design consultant firm 

At their November 17, 2020 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners entered into contract with Opticos Desgn to serve as consultant group in support of the Northern South Park neighborhood planning process. Please see the links below and the Opticos Design website for more information on their work in other communitites and their plans for a cooperative process in our community. 

View the Proposal for Services from Opticos Design here.

View the Contract for Services between Teton County and Opticos Design here.

> October 21, 2020: Open Call for Stakeholder and Steering Committee Applications 

As our community embarks on creating a new neighborhood focused on supporting and enhancing our shared values, you are invited to join the planning effort. Teton County and the Town of Jackson are seeking interested Stakeholders and Steering Committee members to help create a Neighborhood Plan for Northern South Park. The Neighborhood Plan process will determine the future character and allowable development for Northern South Park. Members of the public who have an interest in the planning process for the future of this area and our community are encouraged to apply for either or both participation options.   

Selected Stakeholders will be interviewed or surveyed about their concerns, interests, and knowledge of the area as part of the public engagement process for the Neighborhood Plan. Additionally, members of the community who would like to be more involved and to help guide the planning process may identify their interest in serving on a Steering Committee. Steering Committee members will be required to dedicate significant time to this effort by attending 2-4 meetings per month between November 2020 and July 2021 to provide consistent feedback to the project team (meeting dates and times TBD). 

Neighborhood planning for Northern South Park, also known as Subarea 5.6, is identified in the draft update to the Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan. The upcoming neighborhood planning process is the next step in implementing the community vision for this area. In addition to the Stakeholder interviews and Steering Committee, the public will have more opportunities for participation through community meetings, online surveys, charettes, open houses and other forms of engagement that will be determined once a planning and design consultant has been identified.  

To apply, please complete the application HERE by Sunday, November 8, 2020.  

> September 21, 2020: Request for Proposals relased 

Teton County Planning & Building Services Department is requesting proposals for a Neighborhood Plan for Northern South Park. Qualified consulting firms will have considerable experience in community engagement/participation, visioning, planning, design, affordable housing, transportation, and market analysis to develop the neighborhood plan.

Click Here to review the formal Request for Proposals

Click Here for free registration and to submit a Proposal via the Public Purchase website for bid number 132998.

All proposals must be submitted to the Public Purchase website by 4:00 PM (MT) on October 19, 2020.

> July 21, 2020: Board of County Commissioners approve FY21 Work Plan directing staff to prepare a Neighborhood Plan for Northern South Park 

FY21 Task Chart

FY21 Task Goal

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FY21 Status