On May 1st, the Utah Housing Coalition (UHC) held its monthly meeting in Moab. The UHC is the primary housing advocacy group in the state of Utah and seeks to promote accessible and affordable housing across the state. Attendees spent the morning volunteering at a Community Rebuilds build site and assisting with the construction. The afternoon meeting included discussions on state and federal housing policy, advice for outreach to lawmakers, discussions on overnight rentals and other housing challenges and barriers, and a presentation from Grand County Community and Economic Development on recent local housing policies, particularly the High Density Housing Overlay and inclusionary zoning ordinances. In addition to local and statewide housing advocates and organizations, attendees included Moab’s State Senator David Hinkins, State Rep. Joel Briscoe of Salt Lake City, and State Rep. Phil Lyman of District 73, which includes all of San Juan County. Presenters emphasized the bipartisan nature of affordable housing, as a necessary feature for both social welfare and economic development in Moab and across the state.
In recognition of the High Density Housing Overlay, Grand County will receive a Your Utah, Your Future Award in the Thriving Rural Utah category. According to the acceptance letter, “The Thriving Rural Utah Award is given to people and projects that help rural Utah thrive and maintain its heritage as Utah’s population grows”. These awards are presented by Envision Utah, a nonprofit in partnership with the governor’s office to encourage and ensure quality growth within Utah.
On Tuesday, May 14th, the Moab City Council passed the Planned Affordable Development (PAD) ordinance. This ordinance allows for loosened density regulations for housing in return for income and sales price deed restrictions in a majority of the development’s units. PAD eligibility is a legislative process, with applicants working with the planning office before going before the planning commission and city council for approval. Properties in the R-3, R-4, and all commercial zones are eligible to apply for the PAD. For questions or more information, contact Moab’s new city planner, Nora Shepard at 435-259-5129, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 217 E Center Street.
Moab City and Grand County are both working on developing their approach to overnight accommodations development before the current moratoriums expire. Following feedback from the public and elected officials, Landmark Design is currently working on crafting policy text for adoption by the councils. Interested citizens can visit moabarealanduse.com for information on progress or upcoming events, or reach out to the city and county’s planning departments for information. Citizens interested in contacting Landmark Design can email email@example.com , and can offer public comment to the city and county councils at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, respectively.