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Hello Friends and Neighbors,
Wow, what a large amount of interest in local government we had during a recent public hearing. We had standing room only, and many public comments were submitted. Thank you for participating in your local government. I want to keep hearing from you! Some ideas for staying engaged with all things City of Driggs are:

Curious about other public meetings & groups? Find quick links and meeting information on our Boards, Committees & Commissions Page, including: 

  • Planning and Zoning Commission

  • Parks Committee

  • Teton County Joint Housing Authority

  • Tree and Beautification Committee

  • Design Review Advisory Committee

  • Driggs Urban Renewal Agency. 

Or better yet, join a committee and be part of the process! We currently have openings for DRAC and Housing Authority. Apply online now by filling out the Board & Committee Application Form.

Involvement in local government led to the start of our newest project, Depot Square. Although I attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday via telephone (I was still isolating from Covid-19), the excitement was palpable. This project would have never gotten off the ground without all of our community members showing interest and caring for our valley’s future. The Housing Authority had the forethought and drove this project, City Council voted to donate city land, and DURA assisted with the funding of infrastructure, not to mention endless hours of city staff time. 

Last month I wrote that the thirty deed-restricted affordable housing units in Depot Square are slated for use by our local workforce. This project is just one of the many tools we are putting into place to help with the current housing crisis. At our next City Council meeting on May 17, we have proposed Driggs Land Development Code amendments on the agenda. These are intended to help with affordable housing through incentives with new development and modifications on short-term rentals. Please find all the information on our AMD22-1 Project Page. Let us know what you think.

May 17th is also Election Day, another important way to make your voice heard! A proposed increase in our Lodging Tax is on the ballot from its current 3% to 6%. This tax is just for visitors staying at hotels and short-term rentals, and if passed, it would be yet another tool to help fund affordable housing needs. Remember to vote now at the Courthouse or on Election Day this May 17th. Learn more about the ballot measure and how to vote on our Elections page.

Many thanks, 

Mayor August

Connect with me via the Mayor's Comment Box or by emailing: Mayor@DriggsIdaho.org

Water Conservation this Summer
 
The City Council addressed the water situation with Public Works Director, Jay Mazalewski and Keller & Associates, a civil engineering firm.  Read the TVN's article "Driggs eyes conservation measures due to city water supply issue" for the details from the April 19th City Council Meeting. 

The City of Driggs is fine-tuning a plan for water conservation measures in which residents can voluntarily participate. By staggering irrigation days, we can reduce the strain on our water supply during the warmest months of the year. 

As of right now, the city's water system functions normally, and we will all do our part to keep it that way.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming days on what you can do to help!

 

Photo: Connor Shea/Teton Valley News


Affordable Housing Update:
Depot Square Construction Begins May 16th

The Depot Square Mixed-Use Affordable Housing project broke ground at the corner of Depot and Front Streets on May 6th. The project was funded through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, a local matching from the City's land donation and the Driggs Urban Renewal Agency. It will provide 30 units of deed-restricted affordable housing, to be completed in about 12 months, along with bottom floor commercial and business incubator spaces. For more information, contact Doug Self at dself@driggsidaho.org or visit the Depot Square: Affordable Housing project page 

The Milky Way views in our night sky are worth protecting.  Photo courtesy of Glenn McCreery.

Ordinance Compliance takes effect March 19, 2023

The City of Driggs Outdoor Lighting Ordinance (article 11.4 of the Land Development Code) became effective on March 19, 2013. So what does that mean for the residents of Driggs? Some requirements of the ordinance became applicable immediately, but other requirements will be phased in prior to the compliance date of March 19, 2023.

The Zoning Code for Outdoor Lighting plus more information regarding the implementation of this new zoning standard is available on the Dark Sky Ordinance: Protecting the Night Sky page.

The City of Driggs will begin the first phase of a multi-year project that culminates with the Idaho Department of Transportation adding turn lanes on Highway 33.  This project is to improve transportation to and around the schools and properties along LeGrande Pierre Avenue on the north side of Driggs.  Learn more about the timeline, funding and detailed drawings of the project on our website.  
LeGrande Pierre Avenue: Project Timeline & Details

Have you heard about the local option on the ballot for the May 17th Primary Election?   Want to know the details? Learn how this  measure could help fund affordable housing in our city.

Lodging Tax Increase Ballot Details
DRAC & HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OPENINGS: Apply here!
HOUSING AUTHORITY: Executive Director Job Opening: learn more

Affordable Housing: Land Development Code Update

Public Hearing before City Council on May 17th


Driggs City Council will have a Public Hearing on the proposed land development code amendments at the regular meeting on May 17th at 6 pm in City Council Chambers.

The amendments create standards for affordable housing that would be required in exchange for increases in density approved in annexations, zone changes, or subdivisions. The amendments also propose allowing a second accessory dwelling unit on a property if one unit is deed-restricted for workforce housing. Short-term rentals are also proposed to be limited to one per residential property.

Find more information on this effort at the AMD22-1: Land Development Code Amendment Project page and be sure to take a look at the Open House Slides.  Here you'll find a comprehensive view of the big picture and how you can add to the project. The meeting agenda, to watch live, or information on how to submit comment will be available on the City Council Meeting Page the Friday prior to the hearing.

May 15th - 21st is National Public Works Week:

We can't thank our crew enough for their hard work in all types of weather 365 days a year.  Next time you see one of Driggs Public Works crewmembers out and about, tell them THANKS!
Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Calendar

The FY2023 Budget Calendar is now available to view on the Finance Page.  The next fiscal year begins October 1, 2022 and ends September 31, 2023. 

Don't miss this year's award ceremony for Tree City USA

Friday, May 21 from 10 am - 1 pm at Primrose Park

Join local nonprofits, city staff, and tree experts to plant trees in the City's newest park.  Don't miss your chance to win the free raffle prize or enjoy free lunch! 

The Airport wants to thank everyone for your patience as we help out our neighboring airport during construction!

We all hear it! And we hear you! During this temporary surge in air traffic, we appreciate everyone's patience and calmness.  The Airport staff and the FBO Teton Aviation are doing everything within their power to educate pilots on the best times and routes to take arriving and departing from the airport.  While we don't have the authority to enforce any airborne regulation, you can voice your concerns directly to the FAA.  Find this link on the Airport FAQs page and learn more about how your local airport operates and what events and local opportunities are on the horizon!  

Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport FAQ page

BLAKE CHAPMAN FLIGHT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO TETON HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR, GARRET WALZ
Read the Teton Valley News Story on how local organizations and the Driggs Reed Memorial Airport offer the perfect launchpad for aspiring pilots like Walz.  The variety of planes and smaller-scale airport opens up a world of flying that isn't just the stereotypical commercial pilot career. 

Interested in learning to fly? Or maybe a balloon ride is more your speed... Mark your calendars for this year's world-class Teton Valley Balloon Rally hosting the 41st year of this spectacular event from July 1 - July 4th, 2022!

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