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.
Bret Edge has been a stock broker, a photographer and is now Moab’s chief of police. Edge moved to Moab and began training to become a police officer 13 years ago, and since that time, he feels he has connected deeply with the community and settled down here.
Smart Shelter Network gave recognition to Mayor Emily Niehaus for her outstanding 15 year commitment as former director and founder of Community Rebuilds at the Feb. 26, 2019 meeting. Moab’s Community Rebuilds now has 36 owner-assisted, energy efficient, straw bale homes. Smart Shelter Network’s Executive Director Gary Duncan presented this Lifetime Achievement Award in Sustainability and Natural Building.
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.