The ongoing dustup between the Park County Planning and Zoning and Common Ground Farms LLC of Powell leads us to a simple conclusion: county and state governments need to get some improved regulations in place.

Common Ground is a Japanese-style spa, cabins and campsite resort located on a rural Powell property.

Last November, the business was found to be in violation of county regulations and P&Z began assessing fines. 

Infractions included unpermitted small wastewater systems and six unpermitted structures. Violations which could have the potential to lead to health and safety issues.

Cities have stricter building regulations and health codes than counties do in regulating businesses and better systems for enforcement of those regulations.

At the commissioners meeting June 11, a compromise between the county and Common Grounds was reached. Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric said there is a serious lack of legal precedence to refer to in this dispute.

Since there is little precedence, perhaps they should be looking at what is right, what is wrong and what is fair for all.

We are not fans of excessive government regulation, but this is an area we feel needs oversight.

Tourists need to know that rentals both inside and outside of city limits meet minimum standards for health, building safety and fire protection.

Wyoming and especially Teton and Park counties depend on tourism for a great part of their livelihood.

Tourists need to know the place they are renting meets minimum safety standards or the entire tourism industry will suffer.

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