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.
Moab’s City Council tabled a rezoning request that would allow the owner of a local bed and breakfast to sell his property as a B&B rather than a residence, which would likely yield a far lesser market value.
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.
The Grand County Planning Commission set and proposed dates for public discussions regarding restrictions on future development of overnight accommodations in Moab during a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The Grand County Planning Commission has given a green light to a new residential housing development on Spanish Valley Drive, enabled by the recently passed High Density Housing Overlay that the County Council passed in January.