• Award

    2023 Western Planner President's Award

  • Size

    250 acres

  • Transit

    Sun and snow multi-modal transportation options

  • Community Engagement

    Hybrid process with virtual and in-person presentations and workshops

Award Winners Missing Middle Housing Form-Based Coding Citywide/Regional Plans Small Town/Rural

Preserving Rural Character through Compact Growth

Jackson, WY

Opticos worked with an interdisciplinary team to develop scenarios and create a walkable, mixed-income neighborhood plan for the last major greenfield site for urban growth in Jackson Hole.

Responding to a housing crisis that forced people working in Jackson to commute long distances to find affordable housing, the plan uses Missing Middle Housing to deliver attainable workforce housing at a profit to the developer while providing homes to people working in Jackson and Teton County. Opticos led a multi-disciplinary consultant team to create development alternatives for the site that illustrate how affordability and financial feasibility would be impacted by different combinations of housing types.

Opticos recommended adjustments to the Town of Jackson’s existing zoning code to incorporate form-based elements that would deliver the vision set forth by the neighborhood plan.

Mixed-Income Character Areas for a "Complete Neighborhood"

Opticos developed a palette of character areas with varying building forms, densities and uses, each of which supports affordable and attainable housing options. Mixed-use neighborhood centers anchor walkable residential neighborhoods to reduce the need for car trips and provide gathering spaces and community interaction.

Walkable Streets for a Rural Town

Street designs integrate unique site features such as irrigation ditches and tree windbreaks to preserve elements of ranching heritage while providing a robust multi-modal, year-round mobility network that supplements Jackson’s extensive pathway system.

Hybrid Digital + In-Person Engagement

In response to ongoing pandemic uncertainty, Opticos facilitated a hybrid engagement strategy that utilized interactive web features, video presentations, and in-person exhibits to provide multiple avenues for community members to get involved with the project.