The Grand County Change of Government Study Committee in a split vote agreed to complete its work by November.
For the first time in roughly 20 years, elected city officials might be getting a pay raise.
It cost $20 a day to stay in one of the hundreds of campsites on public lands in Grand County. Grand County Council Member Mary McGann and other public officials want to increase that cost by 4%, or 80 cents, in the form of a Transient Room Tax to help mitigate the impacts all those campers have on the county’s solid waste district, emergency medical services, law enforcement and search and rescue operations.
During a meeting Tuesday, May 7 with Arches National Park Superintendent Kate Cannon and members of the Moab City and Grand County councils, officials expressed an interest in implementing a “timed entry” system, thus far known as a reservation system, as an interim solution to traffic congestion in the parking lots and at the entry to Arches.
It’s a council’s prerogative to change its mind.
City and county officials instructed planning consultant Landmark Design on Tuesday, May 7 to write draft land use ordinances during the following week that would eliminate overnight lodging as a use by right in the Moab Valley.
Grand County’s High-Density Housing Overlay has won an award called Your Utah Your Future, according to Zacharia Levine, the county’s director of Community and Economic Development.
An explanation of the five proposals from Landmark Design to control (or not control) overnight lodging in Moab
With most of the procedural questions answered, the rubber is about to hit the road for the Grand County Change of Government Study Committee – which is facing a tight deadline to recommend one of four possible alternatives for county government.