Pulled Pork, Brisket, and Planning & Zoning

October’s monthly chamber luncheon met outdoors at the iconic Iron Horse Restaurant in downtown Kanab. Thank you to Nancy Steely and the Iron Horse for hosting this month!

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Ron & Matt greet the attendees.

Chamber board members Ron Thomas and Matt Claflin were on hand to greet the 35 attendees, and shortly after a friendly half-hour of meeting & greeting the Iron Horse staff started bringing out delicious orders of pulled pork sandwiches, brisket sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks.


Chamber Secretary Don Jennings handled MC duties this month, welcoming new chamber members Zion Ponderosa Ranch & Resort, Raven’s Heart Gallery, Coyote Sky Tacos, and Jakey Leigh’s Café & Bakery. Members and guests at the meeting included Best Friends Animal Society, Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, Burro Flats High Desert Lodge, City of Kanab, ERA Real Estate, Honey’s Fuel & Garden Center, Kanab Create, Kane County, Kane County Office of Tourism, Kane County Water Conservancy District, Mountain America Credit Union, Parry Lodge, and While You’re in Town. We were happy to welcome individual visitors Lee & Pat Moffitt, Todd & Tiffany Palumbo, and Mark Smith, as well.

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Pat & Lee Moffitt joined us for lunch this month.

The first guest speaker was Donna Huntsman, Chair Pro Tem of the Kanab City Planning Commission. She provided a thorough overview of the city planning commission’s work, noting that:

  • The city planning commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month

  • Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comments

  • The city’s General Plan and Ordinances guide their work

  • Preserving Kanab’s heritage while being thoughtful about growth are top of mind

The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. Information about schedules and agendas can be found at https://kanab.utah.gov/2160/Planning-Zoning.


Next up was Wendy Allan, Kane County Planning Commission Administrative Assistant, appearing for Shannon McBride, Kane County Land Use Administrator, who was unable to attend. Wendy provided an overview of the county’s planning commission work, noting that:

  • The county planning commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month

  • Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comments

  • The county’s General Plan and Ordinances guide their work

  • Preserving Kane County's heritage while being thoughtful about growth are top of mind

The public is encouraged to attend these meetings, as well. Information about schedules and agendas can be found at https://kane.utah.gov/gov/dept/planning/.


The pattern here is that both city and county planning commissions are dedicated to maintaining the unique “feel” of Kanab and Kane County, while carefully managing growth to support our communities in the future. Both groups welcome the public’s input at their meetings.


County Commissioner Wade Heaton closed the meeting with a brief talk about the challenges of managing growth, encouraging everyone – businesses and individuals alike – to get involved in the process, noting that planning & zoning directly represents the intersection of personal liberty, property ownership, and government oversight. It makes sense to be informed and involved!


The next chamber luncheon will be held at the Southwest Technical College – Kane Campus on November 10th from 11:30 – 1:00. Save the date!


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