Future Land Use Planning

Overview:

The Future Land Use Plan is a component of the Land Use Chapter of the County's General Plan, and provides guidance for elected officials for future decisions regarding land use policies and rezoning for years to come. The 2030 General Plan, adopted in 2022, provided a start to a comprehensive update to the 2012 Land Use Element, but was not finalized by the time the General Plan update was adotped. This Chapter was left unfinished with many gaps, including one of the most important elements, being the Future Land Use Map, which was carried over from the 2012 General Plan and is inconsistent with proposed future land use desgnations in the current Land Use Chapter.

The current effort to develop a robust, comprehensive Future Land Use Plan, incolves taking a hard look at the County's current zoning, as compared to what’s existing on the ground today, and envision how the County will develop into the future. The planning process must balance the values and concerns of residents with many variables, including levels of service, transportation network, resource capacity to support buildout, and land use constraints. This update represents the vision for how the County will develop over the next 20-30 years.

Get involved!

The Planning & Zoning Department has drafted two Future Land Use Map Scenarios (Scenario A & Scenario B) and is seeking your feedback! Fill out the quick questionnaire here about your preferences in how increased residential density may be distributed in the Future Land Use Map.

Additionally, if you've attended any of our workshops, please take a minute to fill out this quick Workshop Feedback Form to inform us on how to improve future public workshops and provide any other thoughts about the FLUP you may have.

Previous Public Workshops:

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Planning & Zoning Department held a workshop at Old City Park to discuss commercial development in the Future Land Use Plan. This workshop focused on what types of commercial uses may be appropriate in the South Moab/Spanish Valley area, and where these uses should be located. The results of the mapping exercise are shown below.


On April 26th, Planning & Zoning held a public workshop at the MARC from 5:30 - 7:30 PM to discuss where residential density may be increased in the Future Land Use Map. Attendees reviewed and provided feedback on two potential Future Land Use Map Scenarios (available to the right), and participated in a mapping exercise to determine where multi-family development may be encouraged in the future. Results of the mapping exercise are available below:


In March 2023, the Land Use Steering Committee, made up of County Commissioners, Planning Commissioners, and County Staff, participated in a mapping exercise to collect feedback on where land use designations may be located in the future. The results of this exercise are shown below and are one tool being used to create the Future Land Use Map.


Three other public workshops were held between September 27 - 29, 2022 to gather input from citizens on land use preferences, community values and concerns. The results of the Values and Concerns exercise from the workshops are summarized in a "word cloud" in the section to the right. The more a word was mentioned in the exercise, the larger it appears in the image.

The Mapping Exercise provides us with location-specific information to better understand land use preferences on the ground – the results of this exercise must be balanced with planning constraints, such as levels of service, flooding and natural drainage, transportation, existing land uses that may be incompatible, and various other factors that come into play when thinking about Land Use, community and development. Pictured below is a map of the cumulative results from the workshops South Moab/Spanish Valley as well as Thompson Springs Mapping exercises, where each colored circle represents a land use suggested by participants. These maps will be updated as more public input is received.




Timeline 2022/2023:

  1. September - December: Collected additional feedback via the online Future Land Use Planning exercises over several months. The feedback received from the online exercises helped to update the existing workshop results, above.

  2. Oct - March: The Grand County Planning Commission workshopped the Future Land Use Designations, to better fine tune those, and started developing a Draft Future Land Use Map based on public feedback and P&Z staff recommendations.

  3. March: A Land Use Steering Committee, made up of Planning Commission members, County officials and staff, such as P&Z, the Road Supervisor and Building Official/floodplain administrator and other stakeholders met to further develop the FLUP.

  4. April-June: Hold several public workshops to present draft FLUP scenarios and discuss future residential and commercial development in the community.

  5. June - July: Public hearings at Planning Commission and County Commission to adopt the FLUP.

Please check back in over the next several weeks as we work to process all of the information gathered at these workshops in addition to online feedback received. If you'd like to receive an email update about the Future Land Use Plan, please use the feedback form below to submit your email address.


Overview:

The Future Land Use Plan is a component of the Land Use Chapter of the County's General Plan, and provides guidance for elected officials for future decisions regarding land use policies and rezoning for years to come. The 2030 General Plan, adopted in 2022, provided a start to a comprehensive update to the 2012 Land Use Element, but was not finalized by the time the General Plan update was adotped. This Chapter was left unfinished with many gaps, including one of the most important elements, being the Future Land Use Map, which was carried over from the 2012 General Plan and is inconsistent with proposed future land use desgnations in the current Land Use Chapter.

The current effort to develop a robust, comprehensive Future Land Use Plan, incolves taking a hard look at the County's current zoning, as compared to what’s existing on the ground today, and envision how the County will develop into the future. The planning process must balance the values and concerns of residents with many variables, including levels of service, transportation network, resource capacity to support buildout, and land use constraints. This update represents the vision for how the County will develop over the next 20-30 years.

Get involved!

The Planning & Zoning Department has drafted two Future Land Use Map Scenarios (Scenario A & Scenario B) and is seeking your feedback! Fill out the quick questionnaire here about your preferences in how increased residential density may be distributed in the Future Land Use Map.

Additionally, if you've attended any of our workshops, please take a minute to fill out this quick Workshop Feedback Form to inform us on how to improve future public workshops and provide any other thoughts about the FLUP you may have.

Previous Public Workshops:

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Planning & Zoning Department held a workshop at Old City Park to discuss commercial development in the Future Land Use Plan. This workshop focused on what types of commercial uses may be appropriate in the South Moab/Spanish Valley area, and where these uses should be located. The results of the mapping exercise are shown below.


On April 26th, Planning & Zoning held a public workshop at the MARC from 5:30 - 7:30 PM to discuss where residential density may be increased in the Future Land Use Map. Attendees reviewed and provided feedback on two potential Future Land Use Map Scenarios (available to the right), and participated in a mapping exercise to determine where multi-family development may be encouraged in the future. Results of the mapping exercise are available below:


In March 2023, the Land Use Steering Committee, made up of County Commissioners, Planning Commissioners, and County Staff, participated in a mapping exercise to collect feedback on where land use designations may be located in the future. The results of this exercise are shown below and are one tool being used to create the Future Land Use Map.


Three other public workshops were held between September 27 - 29, 2022 to gather input from citizens on land use preferences, community values and concerns. The results of the Values and Concerns exercise from the workshops are summarized in a "word cloud" in the section to the right. The more a word was mentioned in the exercise, the larger it appears in the image.

The Mapping Exercise provides us with location-specific information to better understand land use preferences on the ground – the results of this exercise must be balanced with planning constraints, such as levels of service, flooding and natural drainage, transportation, existing land uses that may be incompatible, and various other factors that come into play when thinking about Land Use, community and development. Pictured below is a map of the cumulative results from the workshops South Moab/Spanish Valley as well as Thompson Springs Mapping exercises, where each colored circle represents a land use suggested by participants. These maps will be updated as more public input is received.




Timeline 2022/2023:

  1. September - December: Collected additional feedback via the online Future Land Use Planning exercises over several months. The feedback received from the online exercises helped to update the existing workshop results, above.

  2. Oct - March: The Grand County Planning Commission workshopped the Future Land Use Designations, to better fine tune those, and started developing a Draft Future Land Use Map based on public feedback and P&Z staff recommendations.

  3. March: A Land Use Steering Committee, made up of Planning Commission members, County officials and staff, such as P&Z, the Road Supervisor and Building Official/floodplain administrator and other stakeholders met to further develop the FLUP.

  4. April-June: Hold several public workshops to present draft FLUP scenarios and discuss future residential and commercial development in the community.

  5. June - July: Public hearings at Planning Commission and County Commission to adopt the FLUP.

Please check back in over the next several weeks as we work to process all of the information gathered at these workshops in addition to online feedback received. If you'd like to receive an email update about the Future Land Use Plan, please use the feedback form below to submit your email address.