ABOUT THE MOAB AREA COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

The Moab Area Community Land Trust (MACLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community land trust
serving the Moab community.

Founded in 2012, MACLT has been building the framework to ensure housing affordability for every family in the Moab area. The mission is to create permanent affordable housing by preserving land held in trust in Moab City, Grand County, and northern San Juan County.

In general, a community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit organization governed by a board of
community members working to ensure permanently affordable housing opportunities for
families and communities. CLTs acquire parcels of both developed and undeveloped land and
hold them in trust with deed restrictions. As stewards of the land, CLTs develop and maintain
attainable housing options in perpetuity, regardless of who or how many people own or rent the
houses over time. MACLT is a member of the National Community Land Trust Network.

In 2017, the Moab Area Community Land Trust (MACLT), received a generous donation of land (41 acres) for permanently affordable housing in a development they created called Arroyo Crossing.
In 2019, MACLT was awarded $4.3 million in New Market Tax Credits in order to construct
infrastructure improvements needed in Arroyo Crossing to serve the 248 residential units and
one community building in the first phase (there are 300 total units and 3 community buildings in
the master plan). Additionally, local people and organizations have donated to the vision,
knowing that a diverse population is key to sustainability and quality of life of Moab Community.

MACLT constructed horizontal improvements (utilities, roads, etc) in 2020 and is beginning
vertical construction on homes in September, 2021.

 

MACLT acquires, owns, and stewards the land in perpetuity. The homeowner owns all the
vertical improvements on the land (the home and any accessory structures on the lot). With each
prospective homeowner, MACLT enters into a long-term, 99-year, renewable agreement to lease
the land to the homeowner, rather than a traditional sale of the land to the homeowner. When the
homeowner sells, MACLT retains ownership of the land, the seller transfers ownership of the
improvements to a buyer, and MACLT enters into a new lot lease agreement with the new buyer.
The land lease model preserves affordability because it takes the land out of the cost of
homeownership, and additional restrictions limit the resale price of the homes on the land. Both
mechanisms work together to preserve housing affordability for longer than a traditional deed
restriction or market rate unit could.


Arroyo Crossing is permanently affordable, even after the first homeowner. Because MACLT
was able to obtain the land and build the infrastructure, that cost is saved and the family only has
to purchase the home.

 

There are two ways that MACLT maintains affordability:
1. The price of land on which homes are built is protected from fluctuations in land market
valuations by a legal ‘asset lock,’ and deed restrictions limit the price for which a CLT
home can be resold.
2. MACLT sets the income-eligibility of the persons who may purchase the home. MACLT
caps income-eligibility limits to households earning an income that is up to 120% of the
community's Area Median Income.


The only subsidy is for the initial purchase and development of the land. Deed restrictions and
asset locks maintain the affordability of homes, not ongoing loan or grant programs.
Homeowners use individual mortgage financing like they would for a home purchased not in the
land trust.


The organization supports the residents through the process of attaining and sustaining
homeownership. In return, the homeowner agrees to sell the home at a resale-restricted and
affordable price to another low-income homebuyer in the future. Consequently, the homeowner
is able to successfully own a home while the organization is able to preserve the public’s
investment in the affordable home permanently to help family after family.

GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

Articles of Incorporation
Bylaws
Policies & Procedures

BOARD MEMBERS

 
 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Audrey Graham

Audrey moved to Moab in 1984 for her dream job as a park ranger at the Needles District of Canyonlands. She now works for the South East Early Intervention Program, serving children aged 0-3 with developmental delays and their families.

Audrey discovered her passion for helping solve the affordable housing dilemma while working with families in their homes through her work with Early Intervention. Audrey was a founding member of the MACLT board in 2012 and became a believer in land trusts through the work of Lance Christie, a local volunteer planner and thinker, who saw land trusts as a perfect solution to high cost land in resort communities.

In her free time, Audrey serves on numerous boards and loves to sew, rollerblade, ski, bike, and explore canyon country with her husband of 35 years.​

Chair

 

Sheri Griffith

Sheri is first and foremost a business owner, creating and running several businesses since her arrival to Moab in 1981.

She was on the 1983 Economic Development Board when Moab was rebuilding from a crashed mining industry. Over the years, Sheri has served on the Utah Travel Council, Utah Department of Transportation, Governor’s Commission on Women and Families, and Utah Community Impact Board.

She sat on the Governor’s steering committee for Rural Development, Governor’s Advisory Board on Women Business Development, and the Governor’s Task Force on Economic Development and the Environment.

Her awards include Utah Women of Achievement presented by Governor Leavitt, Woman Business Leader by Utah Business Magazine, U.S. Conservation Service Award by Secretary of the Interior, and more.

Sheri was elected President of Western River Guides Association and spent four years in and out of Washington, DC representing the outdoor industry of the West.

Sheri is committed to the quality of life that Moab offers and managing all aspects that provide that quality and sustainability. Her dedication to this cause, in addition to her financial and business knowledge, make her an invaluable asset to the MACLT board.

Vice Chair

 

Barbara Hicks

Barb moved to Moab in 1991 and has been actively involved in the business and nonprofit community for three decades. She is a happily retired CPA and brings her financial, accounting and budget skills to the MACLT board. 

Barbara has served on the boards of Moab Regional Hospital, League of Women’s Voters, Humane Society, Chamber of Commerce and the Housing Authority. 

Treasurer

 

Rob Walker

Before moving to Moab, Rob worked in the investment industry in NYC and Boston, most recently as Managing Director at First Manhattan Co., an investment advisory firm.

He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Rob first visited Moab on a road trip directly after college and recently retired here.

He is eager to help provide affordable housing to all in need, and doesn't want financial reasons to stop anyone from living in a place they love.

Rob also volunteers his time to non-profits and small businesses in town, helping with financial analysis and strategy.

Board Member

 

Katie Minehart

After graduating from college in Washington, DC in 2020, Katie moved to Moab in January of 2021 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, working to address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing in Moab. 

Katie quickly became an advocate for fair and affordable housing in the Moab area, serving on the Local Homeless Council and the Moab Area Housing Task Force. She currently serves as the Housing Specialist for the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah, managing low income apartments and the Housing Choice Voucher program.

Board Member

 
 

HISTORY OF MACLT

MACLT is still a relatively young organization in the Moab area. Here are a few of our milestones so far.