JACKSON (WNE) — Housing that will primarily be for state troopers and snow plow operators is progressing.

Teton County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a preliminary application by the Wyoming Department of Transportation to build housing for its employees on land south of town it already owns.

Units, no matter how many, are still five to ten years away from completion. The project will be phased, said Taylor Cook of WYDOT, depending on funds.

While the units are intended to accommodate WYDOT employees first, it is suggested that the acts have “labour” restrictions so that any member of the local workforce is eligible if a unit was empty.

The agency needs housing to fill and retain positions, former WYDOT liaison Keith Compton told commissioners in March while advocating for the property to be rezoned.

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It is now planned to have two types of accommodation on the site. Most units offered would be 2,334 square feet and two stories, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms and an attached two-car garage.

The rest would be smaller apartments in a building with five beds and five bathrooms.

A few dozen project neighbors signed a letter to commissioners over a year ago opposing the project, objecting to the impacts of an increase in the number of homes they said would double their neighborhood. Only one attended Tuesday’s meeting in person.

“There is not a single person in our neighborhood who supports this project,” Rosi de Haan said. His biggest concern was that the aquifer might be damaged. De Haan urged the commissioners to reduce the number of houses to four.

Following Tuesday’s approval, commissioners will then consider a development plan for the agency before it is launched.