Members of the public, including two candidates for Moab City Council, spoke at a public hearing of the Moab City Planning Commission on Thursday, June 27, expressing mixed sentiments about plans to continue curtailing lodging developments within city limits.
The Grand County Council on Tuesday heard from both sides during a lengthy public hearing on a potential ordinance banning future development of overnight accommodations – at least for awhile – after the planning commission that advises it voted 6-1 to recommend doing so last spring.
“It’s good news for some other county in Utah who applies, because that money goes right back into the pot.” – Elaine Gizler, executive director of the Moab Area Travel Council
“This is a movement to educate tourists on how to respect the land, and our locals know how better than anyone.” – Elaine Gizler, executive director of the Moab Area Travel Council
Members of the Moab City Planning Commission recently backed a plan to pass a temporary ban on lodging developments to create time over the coming months to formulate a long-term solution to regulating lodging developments.
During a discussion of future land use plans regarding lodging in Moab, multiple members of the city staff expressed concern with an idea among the Moab City Council and public to remove overnight rentals as a protected use within city limits.
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.
Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan in a sharply worded letter to State of Utah Auditor General Kade Minchey disagreed with a report claiming Grand County inappropriately spent Transient Room Tax funds a couple of years ago.
According to a recent economic study, propositions to limit the construction of new vacation accommodations in the valley are at odds with the city’s dependency on the tax revenue they generate.
For over 40 years my wife and I from Golden, Colorado, have visited Moab to bicycle, hike and photograph Arches and surrounding areas.
In an unofficial vote May 23, the Moab City Council expressed general support for removing short-term rentals as a protected use in its land use code. An official vote to do this would, upon its passage, prevent any new short-term rentals from starting development or becoming licensed.
As the summer vacation and travel seasons opens, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced May 23 that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs, according to a statement from the department.