Moab City Planning Commissioners last week forwarded a positive recommendation on a compromise ordinance proposal that would give city officials leeway on individual projects to approve, on a project-by-project basis, loosening of the rules that bind lodging developers as they build workforce housing.
The City of Moab has appealed to the Utah Supreme Court a lower court’s finding that it should have held a public hearing before allowing the developers of Lionsback Resort near Sand Flats Recreation Area to materially change a previously approved development agreement.
The Moab Area Travel Council’s Do It Like a Local sustainable tourism campaign has been so well received at the State level that is has launched a similar program — the Red Emerald Strategy.
Elaine Gizler was recently elected to the U.S. Travel Association’s board of directors as an at-large representative.
The Grand County Council voted 5-0 with one recusal to adopt new overnight lodging development standards at the first meeting of 2020 held Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Amid discussions over lodging regulations that will govern new hotels and motels in Moab, more than 560 local residents have signed an open letter to city and Grand County elected officials asserting that the level of tourist visitation to Moab is “too high” and asking that the council “NOT allow any new projects” into the planning pipeline until “pending projects,” also known as vested projects, have been built.
Within the next two months, the City of Moab will likely have new ground rules for local hoteliers and other lodging developers seeking to partake in the large and growing economic pie that is Utah tourism.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the State of Utah will no longer honor off-highway vehicle registrations from any other states.
Lodging is Moab’s most lucrative business, and as elected officials debate draft ordinances that would regulate new hotel developments, they see an opportunity to leverage that economic opportunity to bring to Moab greater economic diversity in the form of new restaurants, retail outlets and even possibly daycares.
A recent traffic study of off-highway vehicles by Moab City Police has, at least in its initial phase, yielded results that the “vast majority” of OHVs, according to Police Chief Bret Edge, are in compliance with state regulations that define what make a side-by-side and similar vehicles street legal.
The Moab Area Travel Council’s Do It Like a Moab Local Town Hall held at Star Hall Oct. 28 was well received, according to Executive Director Elaine Gizler.
After a month of public backlash in reaction to an order allowing off-highway vehicles on the roads in Utah’s national parks and monuments, the National Park Service has walked the directive back.