I am adding my voice to those who are asking you to reconsider and rescind the City of Moab Ordinance 2019-2, Planned Affordable Development (PAD), which was passed on May 14.
In response to a letter in the June 13 edition of The Times-Independent, I take issue with [the writers’] assertion that “long-term renters tend to destroy the property and stop paying rent after a few months.”
At the recent meeting between the Grand County Council and San Juan County Commission, there was discussion of the proposed Love’s Truck stop at Highway 191 and Sunny Acres Lane. The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration is the seller. Its director, Dave Ure, told those present that the decades-old homes on Sunny Acres Lane were intruding into a commercial zone. Therefore, it was okay for Love’s to build a truck stop literally along their backyards.
There is SO much wrong with your letter [“An attempt to put a moratorium on tourism?” June 13, The Times-Independent.”] I am going to remark on only one aspect of it.
I believe that landowners on both north and south Highway 191 should be able to use their land in a manner that best suits that land. By restricting or limiting what can be built, such as nightly rentals, you are devaluing their land and the legal ramifications are yet to be seen. Some landowners have small parcels only suited to build small RV parks and not suited for residential. Hopefully the council will look at each application and not just deny all overnight applications. Trying to force landowners to build residential housing for long-term rentals is wrong. Long-term renters tend to destroy the property and stop paying rent after a few months. It can take up to six months to evict a tenant. I know this by having owned many rentals. Now I am not saying all renters do this but a majority do. Tenants think that because you own property you are wealthy, when actually you are just trying to make mortgage payments, taxes and insurance.
How much of the $l,270,000 you will get if you sell your 13 acres at the corner of Highway 191 and Sunny Acres Lane in Spanish Valley for a proposed truck stop will you be giving to our schools?
Stand on the ridge overlooking Moab and you will gaze upon an island of green surrounded by an ocean of red rocks. Moab is an oasis of lush plant life.
I am outraged by the conduct of the Moab City Council.
I believe the new PAD ordinance will have an unacceptable impact on any residential zone it is allowed in. The PAD ordinance will allow a five-fold or more increase in density, above the two per lot currently allowed in R3. I am an R3 homeowner and I protest the passing of the PAD.
For over 40 years my wife and I from Golden, Colorado, have visited Moab to bicycle, hike and photograph Arches and surrounding areas.
My husband and I both had a non-traditional education. We always enjoyed an education outside the traditional brick-and-mortar setting. When our daughter, Adalynne, was ready for school, we knew we wanted to teach her at home and began searching for the newest, best, most innovative curriculum to prepare her for the fast-paced world we live in. We found Utah Virtual Academy and it’s been a great fit for our family’s lifestyle.
As a resident of one of the Cottonwood condominiums on Williams Way, I want to sincerely thank law enforcement and the Moab Valley Fire Department and its many volunteers for extinguishing a recent raging brushfire behind our fences. The cottonwood seeds and dry leaves were extremely flammable.