Contact: Billy Kirk, Public Information Specialist
The third public open house to review feedback and potential concepts for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Parcels 9 and 10 will take place on Monday, October 15, 2018, from 5:00-7:00pm at the 4H Building next to Miller Park in Jackson.
This will be the final public open house for the potential transfer of the BLM Parcels to Teton County. This follows open house events on Tuesday, August 14, and Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The first open house collected a wide range of ideas and concepts for potential public use of the parcels. The second open house presented a summary of these high-level ideas and solicited additional comments and support (or lack thereof) for concepts ranging from no infrastructure changes to the development of basic trail and access amenities.
Parks & Recreation staff plans to present conceptual drawings of potential use scenarios and amenities.
Pending public feedback and comment, staff may work to develop formal recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners to consider, should they decide to pursue an ownership transfer. Any future workshops and/or meetings with the Board will be open to the public and provide additional opportunities for public comment.
“At the staff level, we are very appreciative of the engagement and participation of County residents and stakeholders in this process,” said Steve Ashworth, Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Director. “The Snake River Corridor Management and Ownership Transfer Plan was the result of years’ worth of work and collaboration in the community, and we intend to honor that work and continue to follow the process.”
The Snake River Corridor Management/Ownership Transfer Plan from 2008 provides background and detailed information on this process.
The Recreation and Public Purposes Act articulates the process for a land transfer from the BLM to unit of government such as Teton County. In order to complete a transfer, a schematic master plan must be completed, which is essentially a blueprint for the features and uses that will be on the land.
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