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JACKSON - County planners have signed off on a proposal to double the maximum size of guest homes from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet.

The Teton County Planning Commission has also recommended allowing "accessory residential units" in areas zoned suburban; currently they are allowed only in neighborhood-conservation and rural zones.

One planning staffer, Mary Shouf, said she was surprised the commission voted for the increase, especially considering the homes may be rented out.

Shouf said there seemed to be no way to guarantee that the added guest house density would occur primarily in areas with services and public transportation already in place. She also said there is no way to ensure the new rentals would help meet affordable housing needs.

But Planning Commissioner Mike Shidner and Commissioner Kasey Mateosky say the change would not give landowners the right to additional units or square footage.

The County Commission must approve the guest house amendment for it to go into effect.

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