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.
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.
The top runners in the nation, as well as more than 2,700 recreational trail runners, will compete in the USA Trail Marathon Championships in Moab Nov. 2-3, according to an email from Danelle Ballengee, a renowned runner from Moab who designed the course.
A proposed legislative bill to reduce the amount of transient room tax that must be spent to promote tourism in Grand and other Utah counties was met with mixed feelings Friday when the Grand County Council and Moab Area Travel Council met – but the two sides ultimately agreed to put up a united front when lawmakers address the legislation in the 2020 session, which begins Jan. 27.
The driver of this tour bus got into trouble exiting the Sweet Cravings parking lot at Highway 191 and 400 North Monday afternoon. His international travelers exited the bus while a tow truck operator worked to free the vehicle after the bus’s rear end bottomed out. The bus blocked off both southbound lanes of Highway 191 and traffic was impacted for quite some time.
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.