Time flies. We now have less than three months remaining in the city and county’s temporary moratoriums on new hotel and nightly rentals.
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
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.
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.
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.