The Grand County Council had to find the delicate balance between widespread public concerns over a popular event and the economic benefits that event brings to the community when members voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve a permit for the 2020 Rally on the Rocks – albeit one with probationary status.
It’s been 33 years since the Moab Dump was named “America’s Most Scenic” in a tie with Kodiak, Alaska. The quirky contest organized by the Moab Chamber of Commerce and civic leader Joe Kingsley earned the city exposure on national television and it helped cheer up a region hit hard by a severe downturn in mining.
This report details what it will take for the Change of Form of Government Study Committee’s optional plan to go to a vote in 2019. This related story has details on the final version of the plan that the committee passed.
Following a report from The Times-Independent on Aug. 8 regarding tests on local mosquitoes that showed positive for West Nile virus, Moab Mosquito Abatement District Manager Libby Nance said that she would sue The T-I over what she said was “false” reporting that, she said, “defamed” her.
This report details the final version of the optional plan passed by the Change of Form of Government Study Committee. This related story details what it will take for the plan to go to a vote in 2019.
The power of reaching out played out Aug. 6 when the Grand County Council held a public hearing to take public comment on the Arroyo Crossing affordable housing project off Spanish Valley Drive.
While political parties in other Utah counties routinely amend precinct maps based on changing demographics and other factors, neither Republicans nor Democrats in Grand County have made a single change in at least 40 years.
Fearing that a proposed revision to the National Environmental Policy Act that seeks to limit public comment on Forest Service actions would lead to bad decisions in the future, Grand County Council Member Mary McGann successfully lobbied her colleagues to send a letter in opposition to the effort.
Whether they work 60 hours a week or 10, members of the next Grand County Council will be considered part time – should voters ultimately approve the change in the county’s form of government currently under discussion.
A proposed high-density housing overlay apartment complex featuring more than 220 units on a nearly 20-acre parcel on land currently zoned rural residential continues to draw strong opposition from neighbors.
Now that the governing councils of Grand County and the City of Moab have imposed temporary bans on the development of overnight lodging, it’s time to dive into heightened standards for such developments.
Flaws in how a July 18 Grand County Council special meeting was noticed prompted Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan to require the council to ratify its revote on whether to temporarily remove overnight lodging developments as a use by right.