Colter Bay Legacy Master Plan and Environmental Compliance

The Colter Bay Developed Area, situated on the northeastern shore of Jackson Lake, is one of the most visited areas within Grand Teton National Park. Due to age and lack of maintenance, the facilities became outdated and needed improvements to meet modern standards and serve the needs of the increasing diversity and number of visitors to the area. Circulation issues contributed to potentially unsafe congestion in front of key locations such as the general store, marina, and visitor center. The existing trail network within the developed area was inadequate to provide pedestrian access to recreation and services, while protecting both natural and cultural values.
DHM Design is leading the Area Development Plan and Environmental Assessment, which provided a comprehensive long-term vision for the Colter Bay Developed Area that addressed visitor need and recreation in tandem with cultural and natural resource protection. The primary goals of this planning effort address facility and utility upgrades, improve vehicular and pedestrian circulation between key locations, and maximize the Colter Bay Developed Area for increased visitation and recreation.
DHM supported the development of the master plan and led the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, a comprehensive Cultural Landscape Report, and schematic design development. The plan will be developed in compliance with federal environmental regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act, which will require an Environmental Assessment be completed as part of the effort. As a result, the DHM Ecological Services team is completing required ecological field surveys, including a wetland delineation, rare plant survey, and tree health assessment. Several resource reports, technical documents, and cartographic products will be created as a result of the surveys, including a Biological Assessment for compliance with the Endangered Species Act. The project will involve extensive public outreach and collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that the plan reflects the needs and values of the local community, park visitors, and the environment. Ultimately, the project aims to balance the needs of visitors with the protection and preservation of the park’s natural and cultural resources.