Proposal calls for limiting hotel stay periods

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Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A controversial proposal in Ashland is back on the agenda. People living in hotels and motels may soon be forced to find a new home.

The proposal would limit stays in an effort to crack down on crime.

Current town code isn't specific about what an overnight guest means.

Ashland's police chief Doug Goodman wants to change that to keep people from treating hotels and motels more like apartments.

The proposal would prevent people from staying longer than three months in any six month period. Management at Ashland's 14 hotels and motels would be required to maintain guest registers to keep track.

Between 2008 and August 2010, police had 1,500 911 calls from hotels and motels.

Chief Goodman says the problems range from assaults to theft to drugs.

At a meeting on October 19, the Ashland town council said they wanted to do further research on this issue and get input from key stakeholders in the community.

Ashland town leaders will take more time to decide what to do about an ordinance that would limit the length people can stay at a hotel or motel.  The topic was supposed to be on tonight's town council meeting agenda, but the town manager says they still need time to do more research and will schedule a work session at a later.

The proposal would prevent people from staying in hotels for longer than three months in any six month period.  it's an effort to stop people from treating hotels like apartments and cut down on crime.

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