Moab Area Travel Council Executive Director Elaine Gizler and Travel Council Chair Howard Trenholme voice support for proposed transient room tax reform during a joint meeting with the Grand County Council – provided assurances are made the council will always receive, as proposed, an annual minimum of $2.5 million in funding.
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.
The Moab City Council quietly approved an ordinance that temporarily removes as a use by right future overnight lodging developments while staff, led by City Planner Nora Shepard, creates new standards.
Two days after the Grand County Council voted down an ordinance removing the use by right to develop overnight lodging in a 3-3 vote, the council reversed itself 5-0 in two actions taken during a special meeting.
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.
Despite overwhelming public support, a proposed ordinance to remove overnight lodging as a use by right – meaning they could not be developed, at least temporarily in Grand County – failed to pass after council members voted 3-3, in the absence of Member Jaylyn Hawks, at Tuesday’s July 16 Grand County Council meeting.