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Posted on: April 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Planning Commission Public Hearing

Public Hearing Notice

 Rezone Application – Planned Unit Development (PUD)  


Project Title:              Red Rock Development - Planned Unit Development Rezone 


Project Address:         Grand County parcel No. 02-0014-0018, 02-0014-0020, 02-0014-0013


Project Description:     The application is for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Rezone request of a 73 acre area of land located at 3890 Westwater Drive and encompassing the 3 abovementioned parcels. The applicant proposes residential uses and densities that are not permitted by the property’s current zoning but that aim to cluster development and preserve the viewshed and public space. 


                                     The applicant has submitted the rezone application in accordance with State and County regulation.


Property Owners:        Red Rock Development Group, LLC

Applicant:                    Nicholas Kanaan 



Public Hearing Information

County Planning Commission 


Date:         Monday May 9th, 2022

Time:        4:30 PM or later

Location:   Via Zoom with Meeting ID: 849 3075 3400



Agenda Packet:


For more information contact the

Grand County Planning & Zoning Department

125 E. Center St.

Moab, Utah 84532



A public hearing is a statutory requirement for some land use decisions.  At a public hearing, members of the public are provided a reasonable opportunity to comment on the subject of the hearing.


              Send written comment to or call 435-259-1343

Applicant Statement


Red Rock Development Group is requesting a rezoning for the consideration of our PUD plans for residential development of our 73 acres of land on Steelbender Rd.  The 73 acre property is currently comprised of three lots and three different zoning districts as follow

  • Multi-family residential – 4.71 ac
  • Range Grazing – 20 ac
  • Rural residential – 48 ac

The proposed PUD will allow the density to be clustered on the lower/flatter portions of the site which is away from the viewshed of the roads and valley below, while preserving approximately 35% of the property in the upper elevations as open space for the public to enjoy.

Specifically, without a PUD, development of rural residential land with 1 unit per acre would considerably blight the viewshed with numerous homes dotting the hillside.  We believe the viewshed of the hillside will remain ostensibly unchanged in a way that would otherwise be impactful if developed in a “right by zoning” manner.   Instead the PUD process will allow housing to be concentrated along the roadside and at lower elevations.  Concentrating density on the lower and flatter portions of the property will reduce impact on the land, reduce erosion and hard surface drainage issues.  Additionally, no homes or formal development is proposed on the higher elevations that are visible from the valley – in fact, 35 of the 54 home sites (65%) will be obscured from the view of the city below. Open space is to be dedicated on the higher elevations and public access to trails will be provided between the existing gravel parking lot and the trail system in order for the public to access the raw desert landscape, geographic tower features, and Fremont Indian petroglyph panels on the land.  


There are unique qualities to our land that we feel should be shared with the public and preserved with open space designation.  Our property has towering sandstone formations, specifically “Gunsight Tower” or “Golf Tee Tower” which is occasionally visited by the community (currently by trespassing through our land).  If you choose to scramble to the top, or alternatively, hike up to the adjacent plateau high points – you will be greeted with 360 views of Moab & Spanish valley on one side, and Millcreek canyon on the other.  We have also found two separate petroglyph panels from the Fremont Indians on our land that (to our knowledge) is unknown to the public, which we would like to make available by a new trail system.  We believe we can provide a great trail system for people and their pets to walk and enjoy.  We would like to preserve the precious attributes of our land for the public by creating open space designation and a public trail system to secure access for the future as well.  

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