The City Council has decided to allow the construction of hotels and motels in Pomona, ending a 50-day ban. City Councilman Clay Bryant said the moratorium was imposed because the city's planning staff said an ordinance governing such businesses was incomplete. Bryant said the ordinance was rewritten, and that new specifications for hotels and motels were added, including a requirement for conditional use permits for future construction.
He said a section of the ordinance defining the word "transient" was especially important to him because hotel and motel owners were not prevented from leasing rooms to guests under the old ordinance, allowing them to dodge the city's zoning regulations that separate apartment dwellings from "transient" accommodations. The new ordinance defines short-term or transient accommodations as lasting 15 days or less.