Developers of the Entrada at Moab subdivision on 400 North will be able to proceed with additional planned phases, but the city will not guarantee the availability of immediate sewer service.
On Jan. 23, the Moab City Council approved the final plats for the Entrada development, allowing the project to proceed with the condition that the development will not receive a wastewater connection until capacity is available at the treatment plant or until the six-month moratorium issued last November has been lifted.
The Entrada development will eventually include 45 townhomes on approximately 4.6 acres, located on the west end of 400 North. The developers have already built the majority of the townhomes after the first three stages of the project were approved in 2013. The city council’s Jan. 23 vote approves the final four stages of the project, allowing sidewalks, landscaping and stormwater retention areas to be installed, according to city planner Jeff Reinhart.
The development will need a city wastewater treatment connection in order to receive a certificate of occupancy, but that will not be possible until the moratorium is lifted, city officials said. The moratorium allowed an exception for primary residences of people who live and work in Moab, but not for commercial developments such as Entrada.
“That was designed to deal with people who need housing, not tourism-related development,” said Moab City Attorney Chris McAnany.
The developer, C2 Moab LLC, has filed a complaint in 7th District Court contesting Entrada’s inclusion in the moratorium, said McAnany.
Bruce Baird, legal representation for C2 Moab, told The Times-Independent that he is in discussion with the city and its outside counsel about how to resolve the issue.
“I’m confident that we will be able to work something out that will allow Entrada to proceed promptly,” said Baird.
No other parties have threatened legal action, and the council will defend its decision to impose the moratorium, said city manager David Everitt.
At the meeting, council member Kalen Jones said some neighbors of the Entrada development were concerned about inadequate buffering.
Reinhart said the initial landscaping inspection found that the trees on site did not meet the size requirements for buffering and would be replaced to address those concerns.
McAnany recommended the city council give the developers a conditional go-ahead for the remaining phases.
“If you find that the project is otherwise in order, that you approve it subject to the condition that a wastewater connection will not be permitted until such time as the moratorium either expires or treatment capacity is available,” McAnany said.
Council members unanimously approved the resolution with the condition that wastewater connections would not be guaranteed while the moratorium was in effect.