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Wisdom of ‘infill’ preached

Allen Best

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Ð In Jackson the converted continue to preach the virtues of infill development, otherwise known as density in lieu of sprawl.

A town planning commissioner, Greg Miles, recently attended a conference in Portland to study that city’s infill development. “What a cool town,” he reported upon returning. “Portland has fully embraced smart growth and green building techniques.”

All development, he explained, must go within a pre-determined boundary. The result: “The city ends, bingo. There’s a clear definite boundary.”



In November 62 percent of Jackson voters killed a higher density development for the town core, in part out of fears it would foster a more city-like atmosphere. However, opponents also noted that the increased density within the city was not coupled with a commitment from the county commissioners to put more of a lid on development beyond city limits.

Rebuffed by voters, Jackson town officials continue to attack the density issue from another perspective. They are now plan to allow smaller lot sizes. With smaller lot sizes, they argue, the city’s less wealthy can afford to have single-family homes as an alternative to condos. As is, the existing lots in the auto-urban residential zone are large enough, 7,500 square feet, to accommodate one primary and two accessory homes.



Composting facility taking tons

WHISTLER, B.C. Ð Whistler and nearby towns now have a community composting project. Since being opened in February, the facility has taken in about 40 tons of waste each day.



Most of the food has come from Vancouver, but in time local towns can toss in their own food waste. Pique magazine reports the composting center also accepts clean, segregated wood waste and dimensional lumber.

Get ’em hooked on exercise young

PARK CITY Ð Ease them in, get ’em hooked young and emphasize the social aspects. That sounds like a marketing campaign for a tobacco company, says The Park Record, but it’s actually the conclusion of a study about how to sell goods for human-powered recreation.

Hiking, bicycling on paved roads, and camping are the key activities to ease people into human-powered recreation. The ideal ages are 16 to 24. The study also found that consumers perceive discount stores as more convenient and lower priced, but specialty retailers have better advice and quality – and because of those attributes consumers will spend more money with specialists.


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