Community and Economic Development Department / Planning & Engineering

The Community and Economic Development Department (CED) oversees all land use decisions in the unincorporated areas of Grand County and ensures that the area develops in accordance with the county's general plan.

As the Grand County community expands, the department aims to guide development and economic growth in positive ways.

Department Responsibilities

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CED partners closely with the following organizations:

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Current & Upcoming Projects

Overnight Accommodations Open House

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Moab and Grand County residents!

Come to a public workshop at Grand Center, Tuesday, April 30th from 5-7PM, to discuss possible future approaches to hotels and overnight accommodation development.

Your feedback is essential for creating policies that best serve all of our residents!

Adopted High Density Housing Overlay Ordinance

The county council passed the High Density Housing Ordinance on January 15th, 2019, after extensive work and discussion by the planning commission, council and CED. This policy will allows for the creation of denser housing, deed restricted for Grand County residents and workers. See links below for more information.

HDH Overlay Application
HDHO Development Agreement​

Adopted HDHO Ordinance Text
PDF Map of HDHO Boundaries
Interactive Map of HDHO Boundaries

Establishment of Community and Economic Development Department

Grand County has furthered its commitment to quality planning and growth management by formally expanding the community development department to include economic development.

As of January 2018, Zacharia Levine will now serve as the Community and Economic Development Director. Grand County also welcomes a new full-time staffer, Kaitlin Myers, who will serve as a Community and Economic Development Specialist. The Department will continue its work in land use planning, housing policy, and infrastructure development, and welcomes its expanded role in facilitating industry diversification, business retention and recruitment, workforce development, and economic research.

As a start, the Department has written a DRAFT economic development strategy and action plan that is now available for review. We’d love to get your honest feedback on the draft – nothing is set in stone and we’d like to make the Plan as inclusive as possible and reflective of the community’s priorities. Please submit comments to or call the office at 435-259-1343.

Great things lie ahead in 2018 and beyond – stay tuned! 

Short-Term Rental Complaint Portal

If a home in your area is being rented as a vacation rental (or other type of rental for less than 30 days at a time), click here to lodge a complaint if they are exceeding noise expectations, parking, garbage, or other issues.

Land Use Code

Click here to access the Grand County Land Use Code.

Quarterly Economic Reports

The CDD develops quarterly economic reports for the Moab area, including the most up-to-date data on the City of Moab, Castle Valley, and the unincorporated areas of the county.

2017 Moab Area Affordable Housing Plan

The City of Moab, Grand County, and the Interlocal Housing Task Force recently updated the area's Affordable Housing Plan. To learn more and access the plan, visit either the Housing Plan website or the Interlocal Housing Task Force page.

Moab Area Housing Resource Guide

In fall of 2016, the department partnered with the Interlocal Housing Task Force to create an online resource guide dedicated to community and economic development. It hosts a wealth of  information and tools about affordable housing, economic development, public health, and energy and sustainability in the Moab area. The website can be accessed here.

Development Review Fees

The 2017 Fee Schedule for land development applications, appeals, and variance requests can be found here.

Land Use Appeal Authority

Grand County utilizes a single Hearing Officer to serve as its land use appeal authority on an as-needed basis. The Hearing Officer provides quasi-judicial review of administrative land use appeals and variance requests. Craig Call will serve a term of five years ending December 31, 2020.