Gwinnett County Public Schools has around 1,100 students that are considered homeless, and many of them live in such hotels and motels.
The City Council removed the length of stay restrictions from the ordinance during its Monday night meeting.
“The revised ordinance removes all limitations on lengths of stay at local extended-stay facilities with an exception of hourly rates,” Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith said in a statement. “While meeting the needs of our community and citizens, the amended ordinance still allows for the ability to serve its purpose of deterring and lowering crime rates at local extended-stay facilities.”
Kathleen Allen, one of the Norcross residents who led the charge against the length of stay restrictions, said Wednesday she was “delighted” and “really appreciative” of the council’s quick decision.
“They were looking at this from a crime reduction and safety perspective, and just didn’t understand the impact on these stakeholders, and the number of people who reside long-term in these places,” she said.
Allen and other residents who spoke out against the tenancy restrictions were supportive of the ordinance’s overall mission. The Norcross Police Department is expected to start enforcing the new law sometime in the first quarter of this year.