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.
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.
An explanation of the five proposals from Landmark Design to control (or not control) overnight lodging in Moab
Eight rent-to-own houses at Rim Hill in Moab are set to be sold to their occupants 15 years after the project was initiated. The sales will mark a major milestone for one of many public affordable housing projects overseen by the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah.
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.
Scattered throughout Moab are people who dwell in homes on wheels, such as vans, box trucks, trailers, buses and even cars.
The public is invited to attend upcoming public hearings on new housing developments in Grand County.
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.
The need to get on the same page prompted a joint workshop of the Grand County Council and Planning Commission Tuesday with representatives from Landmark Design participating telephonically. Both the city and county have instituted identical moratoria on overnight lodging and both have retained the services of Landmark Design, a consulting firm tasked with writing ordinances for future land use in Moab and Grand County – with the new regulations either enacted or rejected by an early August deadline.
Hopes to break ground this summer on a 36-unit affordable senior housing complex behind Moab Regional Hospital were among the highlights offered in a semiannual report Ben Riley presented at Tuesday’s Grand County Council meeting.
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.