Among the findings from a study submitted to Grand County and the City of Moab last year, an economic consultant found that the cheapest home sold in 2017 was too expensive for half of Grand County residents.
An economic study published in March 2018 showed that hotel developers were directly limiting affordable housing developments in Moab. Since then, overnight rentals have been the primary subject of Moab’s struggle to control the effects of tourism on locals.
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.
An explanation of the five proposals from Landmark Design to control (or not control) overnight lodging in Moab
Scattered throughout Moab are people who dwell in homes on wheels, such as vans, box trucks, trailers, buses and even cars.
Moab’s City Council hired a new city manager during a meeting on Tuesday, April 8. Joel Linares will officially take over the role on Aug. 2, when current City Manager David Everitt steps away.
The Times-Independent sat down with Joel Linares, currently Moab’s assistant city manager, a few days before the city council approved his hiring to become the new city manager after David Everitt leaves the position in August.
What was supposed to be an open house morphed into a comment-gathering session Tuesday when Mark Vlasic of Landmark Design, the firm under contract with the City of Moab and Grand County to create future land use plans, passed around the microphone to anyone who had something to say at a crowded City Hall.
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.
A palpable sense of urgency permeated the Grand County Council Chambers at Tuesday’s meeting as members stare down a deadline to enact meaningful changes to the county’s land use code before a construction moratorium on overnight rentals ends in early August.