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.

Views clash on nightly lodging

Planners favor ban, landowners object

People who own highway frontage, manage overnight lodging operations, are property rights advocates – or are all of the above – showed up en masse to oppose a fulltime prohibition against developing overnight accommodations in Grand County. It might have been a case of too little, too late for a majority of Grand County Planning commissioners, who in a series of votes following a public hearing Tuesday sent a recommendation asking the Grand County Council to enact legislation that would implement the ban on new lodging developments.