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Oakwood City Council gives first approval to extended-stay rules
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Update: Oakwood City Council gave its first OK to extended-stay hotel rules Monday, March 9. The council will take a final vote at a later meeting.

Oakwood is considering new rules governing extended-stay hotels, on the heels of rejecting such a hotel recently proposed off Mundy Mill Road and just a few months after Gainesville amended rules concerning them.

Hotels would be allowed to provide lodging in a room for up to 15 consecutive days and 30 days during a 180-day period, with some exceptions, including insurance proof that a person or person have been displaced from their home because of disaster, such as fire.

A hotel is considered extended if more than 5% of its rooms have fixed cooking appliances and a kitchen, according to the city’s rules.

The regulations, which go before the Oakwood City Council at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, are coming up one month after the council voted to deny a 5-story, 87-room extended-stay Candlewood Suites at 3783 Mundy Mill Drive.

Also, Oakwood is following in the footsteps of Gainesville City Council, which voted in December to OK a set of code changes, including restrictions on lengths of stays and record-keeping requirements.
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