Policy proposal to promote compatibility between outdoor music venues and residential and hotel development
AUSTIN, Texas – June 2, 2017 – The City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division within the Economic Development Department announced today that the Agent of Change policy and revised music venue permit is scheduled to go to Council for consideration on June 15, 2017. The draft is has been provided to Mayor and City Council in combination with the attached memo and is available for review at: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/pio/document.cfm?id=277785
The agent of change is a policy proposal that promotes compatibility between outdoor music venues and residential and hotel development by requiring the new use moving into the area to be responsible for compatibility related to sound, and to build accordingly to manage the sound impact.
At the heart of the Agent of Change policy is the requirement for a development project that includes a residential or hotel component within 600’ of a permitted outdoor music venue to acknowledge the proximity of the venue and commit to building standards that mitigate the existing sound conditions in the area. This requirement goes both ways, and is also required of a new outdoor music venue being developed within 600’ of residential or hotel uses. When a property owner sells or leases a property that required the acknowledgement, they must disclose to the buyer or lessee the proximity of the nearby residential, hotel or permitted outdoor music venue.
The proposed revisions to the existing Outdoor Music Venue permit complements this policy by streamlining the administrative process for venues, clarifying the City Code to make it easier to interpret and enforce, and serving as the trigger for the Agent of Change requirements. The permit process is streamlined by bringing all functions associated with issuance of the permit within the Music Office instead of involving two separate City departments. The revised permit also extends the term of the permit from one to two years, directs appeals from venues and interested parties to the City Manager, and adds a preliminary hearing for venues prior to a permit being suspended or revoked.
The recommendations proposed for City Council consideration represent a balanced approach to addressing critical issues that have lacked attention or gone unresolved for years. While the Economic Development Department understands this set of recommendations does not address all concerns expressed by residents and music venue owners, staff seeks City Council’s support and adoption of these recommendations to promote clarity in the City Code, create efficiencies, and maintain a commitment to compatibility between music venues and residents.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701