In a 6-1 vote, the Moab City Planning Commission July 3 voted to favorably recommend ordinances that would remove lodging as a protected use inside city limits with the exception of existing lodging businesses.
The Grand County Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to make favorable recommendations on plans for two high-density housing overlay projects representing more than 500 new long-term rental homes and homes for sale.
The Times-Independent recently asked each of the 10 candidates who remain in the race for Moab City Council questions about their thoughts on how they would address rising property values, stagnating wages, and the combined effect of housing that is unaffordable for many of Moab’s residents.
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.
Community Rebuilds will unveil three new houses on June 26 in a series of open house events from 3 to 7 p.m. Local residents Chelsea Cobb, Taz Sorg and Sheila Strahan are the new owners of the nonprofit’s 28th, 29th and 30th homes in Moab. They are located at 2812 Spanish Valley Dr., and at 476 and 386 Huntridge Dr.
I believe the new PAD ordinance will have an unacceptable impact on any residential zone it is allowed in. The PAD ordinance will allow a five-fold or more increase in density, above the two per lot currently allowed in R3. I am an R3 homeowner and I protest the passing of the PAD.
Moabites who live inside city limits pay property taxes to the county, the school district and a slew of special service districts. Not included on that list is the city.
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 an unofficial vote May 23, the Moab City Council expressed general support for removing short-term rentals as a protected use in its land use code. An official vote to do this would, upon its passage, prevent any new short-term rentals from starting development or becoming licensed.
Even if local governments stopped accepting applications for overnight rental developments, the Moab Valley could see up to a 38% increase in the number of available rooms and campground spots.
If the majority of local residents – including at least three members of the Grand County Council – were guests on a game show called “Let’s Make a Deal on Overnight Accommodations,” they would without a doubt choose what’s behind door number five: the wholesale prohibition of any new such developments anywhere in the county.
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.