The road leading into the westernmost boundary of the planned Arroyo Crossing affordable housing subdivision in Spanish Valley doesn’t exist at the moment, so Audrey Graham jokingly calls the dirt path Budweiser Street, a reference to a nearby beer distributor.
In a vote that surprised city officials including Mayor Emily Niehaus and City Manager Joel Linares, the Moab City Council voted 3-2 on Wednesday, May 15 to approve a scaled-down version of its Planned Affordable Development ordinance, a project years in the making.
National Community Development Week is taking place this week, celebrating Community Development Block Grants that help various local agencies do projects of importance. In Moab, such funding has helped to support Wingate Village and other projects.
A pair of public hearings, one on a planned unit development and the other a proposal to waive fees for affordable housing projects, government entities and developments with a “broad public purpose,” were held without any public input April 16.
The public is invited to attend upcoming public hearings on new housing developments in Grand County.
There were few surprises revealed March 28 when the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments’ CSBG/Food Bank Tripartite Board met in Moab to discuss an ongoing needs assessment.
The Moab Area Community Land Trust in late February was awarded $4.2 million to develop infrastructure in the Arroyo Crossing affordable housing development in Spanish Valley, according to a statement from Kaitlin Myers of the Grand County Community and Economic Development department.
As expected, the Grand County Council in a special meeting held Monday, March 11 agreed to dedicate up to $19,000 in consultant fees that will go to a firm tasked with drafting a plan for future land uses.
The Moab City Council decided during a meeting last week to drastically limit the scope of its Planned Affordable Housing ordinance, also known as PAD. If the changes are approved, most residential areas in the city would be excluded from the plan, continuing to disallow developers from constructing higher density housing in those areas.
I think a mutual loan program that funds upgrade of older homes or replaces them with an eco-efficient multi-dwelling home could provide income for the resident/landowner and that provides an affordable rental for qualifying applicants would be an alternative approach to apartment complexes and large parking lots within a PAD.