Housing Efforts


Year after year housing in Grand County has become increasingly unattainable for local residents. Grand County would is currently undertaking efforts to help alleviate this stress for our residents and seasonal employees.

  1. Increasing opportunities for Multifamily apartment buildings in Grand County -- Currently, there are very limited areas where multifamily developments are allowed to exist. As a response to this and the need to provide a variety of housing types for a variety of income levels, the County is developing a Future Land Use Plan, which will identify areas where increased density would be appropriate, such as near the City core and other emerging commercial nodes. This Plan will generate a Future Land Use Map, which will help to guide decision makers as rezone requests are made to change zoning designations from lower density to higher density. This September (at dates to be decided) we will be presenting the Future Land Use Map at three different workshops in different locations in the County. Check back often for updates on the workshop dates/locations.
  2. Creating a permitting path for Long term Camp Parks and Alternative Dwelling Communities through a Special Purpose Overlay District. You can find the most recent version of the draft code and other related documents on the right side of this page. The proposed Alternative Dwelling (ADO) Overlay District would provide local workforce housing opportunities through nontraditional types of housing to support market needs while respecting the character of existing neighborhoods and residential zones. The ADO District standards ensure that Alternative Dwelling developments are designed in a manner that addresses the impacts and the increased service needs they generate while also providing much needed designated workforce housing, which in turn, supports local businesses and the local economy.
  3. The Local Workforce and Affordable Housing Nexus Study -- A study currently being conducted with the help of BAE Urban Economics, which should wrap up by the end of 2022. It will provide the legal justification for a new workforce housing requirement for new development. It will also provide a feasibility analysis for several other housing initiatives the County is interested in pursuing in order to increase housing opportunities across the entire continuum of housing affordability.
  4. The High Density Housing Overlay Districts (HDHO) -- To date the Commission has approved ten HDHO developments' final plat, totally 353 housing units, and of those, 286 are deed restricted for Actively Employed Households. The HDHO was a pilot program which has since closed. As more HDHO units are built to completion and put on the market, the County P&Z Department continues to monitor the program for successes and failures.
  5. Moab Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) -- Grand County provides financial support for MACLT, by funding a full-time paid position to operate and manage the Land Trust. Currently, MACLT owns the ground where the Arroyo Crossing subdivision is being built. At least 50% of the homes in the Arroyo Crossing Subdivision are restricted for ownership by medium to low income residents.


Year after year housing in Grand County has become increasingly unattainable for local residents. Grand County would is currently undertaking efforts to help alleviate this stress for our residents and seasonal employees.

  1. Increasing opportunities for Multifamily apartment buildings in Grand County -- Currently, there are very limited areas where multifamily developments are allowed to exist. As a response to this and the need to provide a variety of housing types for a variety of income levels, the County is developing a Future Land Use Plan, which will identify areas where increased density would be appropriate, such as near the City core and other emerging commercial nodes. This Plan will generate a Future Land Use Map, which will help to guide decision makers as rezone requests are made to change zoning designations from lower density to higher density. This September (at dates to be decided) we will be presenting the Future Land Use Map at three different workshops in different locations in the County. Check back often for updates on the workshop dates/locations.
  2. Creating a permitting path for Long term Camp Parks and Alternative Dwelling Communities through a Special Purpose Overlay District. You can find the most recent version of the draft code and other related documents on the right side of this page. The proposed Alternative Dwelling (ADO) Overlay District would provide local workforce housing opportunities through nontraditional types of housing to support market needs while respecting the character of existing neighborhoods and residential zones. The ADO District standards ensure that Alternative Dwelling developments are designed in a manner that addresses the impacts and the increased service needs they generate while also providing much needed designated workforce housing, which in turn, supports local businesses and the local economy.
  3. The Local Workforce and Affordable Housing Nexus Study -- A study currently being conducted with the help of BAE Urban Economics, which should wrap up by the end of 2022. It will provide the legal justification for a new workforce housing requirement for new development. It will also provide a feasibility analysis for several other housing initiatives the County is interested in pursuing in order to increase housing opportunities across the entire continuum of housing affordability.
  4. The High Density Housing Overlay Districts (HDHO) -- To date the Commission has approved ten HDHO developments' final plat, totally 353 housing units, and of those, 286 are deed restricted for Actively Employed Households. The HDHO was a pilot program which has since closed. As more HDHO units are built to completion and put on the market, the County P&Z Department continues to monitor the program for successes and failures.
  5. Moab Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) -- Grand County provides financial support for MACLT, by funding a full-time paid position to operate and manage the Land Trust. Currently, MACLT owns the ground where the Arroyo Crossing subdivision is being built. At least 50% of the homes in the Arroyo Crossing Subdivision are restricted for ownership by medium to low income residents.