During a discussion of future land use plans regarding lodging in Moab, multiple members of the city staff expressed concern with an idea among the Moab City Council and public to remove overnight rentals as a protected use within city limits.
Two individuals spoke at a public hearing before the Moab City Council on Tuesday, June 11, regarding a proposal to increase the level of compensation for the mayor and members of the city council. One spoke in favor of the compensation proposal, the other against it.
The City of Moab has hired a new public works director. Oscar Antillon, formerly of California and Singapore, has accepted the position and will begin work on June 24.
Eleven people have filed to run for Moab City Council as of the filing deadline at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7. Amidst choices regarding housing, lodging, transportation, the city budget, land use planning, statewide issues impacting Moab, and the many other matters that might come up during the governance of roughly 5,300 citizens and millions of tourists annually, the candidates will compete this year for three seats on the council.
This year’s legislative session in Utah saw discussion of tax reform that local officials said could hurt the tax revenue stream for the City of Moab.
Moabites who live inside city limits pay property taxes to the county, the school district and a slew of special service districts. Not included on that list is the city.
In an unofficial vote May 23, the Moab City Council expressed general support for removing short-term rentals as a protected use in its land use code. An official vote to do this would, upon its passage, prevent any new short-term rentals from starting development or becoming licensed.