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City Council passes legislation for housing diversity

Oxford City Council passed legislation to require housing diversity in future residential developments at their Feb. 19 meeting.

Council updated the Codified Ordinance Chapter, which now requires future developers to prove their plans serve diverse needs, such as providing housing for single and multifamily use. This new code was developed to create housing options for all Oxford residents and to ensure a glut of student housing does not overtake all property in the city.

Enjoy Oxford's president, Jessica Greene, presented a summary of the group's 2018 accomplishments and the its updated goals for the new year. Enjoy Oxford is a tourism marketing organization for the City of Oxford.

In 2018, Enjoy Oxford unveiled its first two rounds of window murals in the Uptown district and worked on increasing its online presence. Enjoy Oxford is now using Google AdWords to bump its website up on Google searches. The organization made other improvements to its website in 2018.

In 2019, the group plans to promote public art, make WiFi available in the Oxford City park, create new events and improve long-standing events held in Oxford.

Oxford Service Director Mike Dreisbach announced a resolution to remove the Amur Corktree, also known as the Chinese Corktree, from the city's approved tree list. The resolution was adopted to align with the state government's removal of the same tree from its approved list after the Ohio Invasive Plants Council determined the tree to be an invasive species.

Council next meets on March 5.