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.
The Moab City Council voted to table a vote on an agreement with the Utah Department of Transportation that would put the city in charge of constructing a parking garage in the block northwest of Main and Center streets. The parking garage would replace the city’s existing parking lot on that block.
The Moab City Council passed an ordinance that will allow council members to call into meetings either by phone or otherwise electronically, following the lead of the Grand County Council and other public boards in the area.
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.
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
Moab City Council representatives voted Tuesday, March 26 to enlist the Grand County Division of Active Transportation and Trails to maintain and develop the city’s trails, primarily along Mill Creek.
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.
Moab City Manager David Everitt said he will not seek to renew his employment contract with the city when it lapses later this year.
On Monday, March 11, the Grand County League of Women Voters will give a presentation at the Grand County Library overviewing topics related to recycling in Moab, including challenges that come with recycling in a rural place and how it all works.