Emotions broke open across Moab this winter when the city council considered an ordinance called Planned Affordable Development (PAD). The ordinance aimed to exchange greater densities for affordability across all residential zones. Some saw the PAD as a great tool to address a severe lack of affordable housing in the community. Others – especially some residents in the R2 zone – saw this as a private property rights infringement. City council members have recently said they would not support PAD in R2 neighborhoods, which make up the majority of town. We dig into this history in part one (!) of our two-part story on the PAD, Moab City, and the fear of loss when it comes to affordable housing.