Travel Council could see TRT funding drop sharply

Carrot at end of stick is $2.5 million ‘floor’

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.

Wells: ‘We haven’t been on the same page the whole time’

Curtis Wells said his colleagues on the Grand County Council were aware he had serious concerns regarding the removal of lodging as a permitted use from existing businesses and commercial zoning long before the issue ever went to a vote on July 16 – saying the process morphed from one that would have implemented enhanced design standards for lodging operators to an outright ban, to building any more hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, condominiums, townhomes or private campgrounds.

County Council to revisit Tuesday’s failed lodging ordinance vote

Special meeting gets underway at 2 p.m. today inside council chambers at the Grand County Courthouse

The Grand County Council meets at 2 p.m. today, July 18, to revisit  Tuesday’s 3-3 vote on an ordinance that would temporarily ban construction of hotels, motels and other lodging providers on county land outside of the Moab city limits. The Moab City Council is exploring a similar ordinance.