Any construction of a new hotel, any expansion of the building envelope of an existing hotel, any new or relocated outdoor recreation or dining facilities, any relocation of public entrances to the building or any intensification of hotel use that would allow either a greater number of guests to reside at a hotel or would allow the total capacity of function rooms or areas to increase shall require the issuance of a conditional use permit. As part of its review under this section, the decision maker may require the applicant to submit studies concerning traffic impacts, land use impacts, air quality impacts, public services impacts, shade/shadow impacts, geological impacts, or any other impact of the proposed project that may influence the determination regarding the appropriateness of issuing a conditional use permit. Furthermore, in addition to the consideration of the criteria for conditional use permits under article 38 of this chapter, the decision maker shall deny the conditional use permit if it finds that, notwithstanding the inclusion of mitigation measures as conditions of the conditional use permit, the proposed hotel use will nevertheless significantly increase traffic congestion on commercial streets during peak traffic hours or significantly increase traffic congestion on residential streets at any time. Notwithstanding this requirement, the decision maker may nevertheless grant the conditional use permit without mitigating a significant increase to traffic congestion on commercial streets or street segments devoted to commercial use if the decision maker finds that the mitigation measures identified to reduce the traffic congestion may contribute to significant environmental impacts. Where occupancy capacity is set by the conditional use permit, an annual inspection fee to reimburse the city for the additional enforcement costs shall be imposed.
Conditional use permits issued pursuant to this section shall lapse one year after the date of issuance unless physical construction of the permitted project has commenced. This period may be extended no more than two (2) times for additional one year periods. (Ord. 84-O-1937, eff. 11-1-1984; amd. Ord. 91-O-2129, eff. 11-22-1991; Ord. 91-O-2133, eff. 12-5-1991; Ord. 93-O-2180, eff. 10-29-1993; Ord. 02-O-2400, eff. 6-20-2002)