The City of Austin is committed to supporting entertainment and live music venues and their important contribution to Austin’s culture and economy, while protecting the quality of life for residents and visitors. A focus on compatibility is essential to achieve this. Residents, and representatives from venues and hotels are invited to join this discussion.
The Entertainment & Sound Compatibility Engagement team will coordinate meetings between subject matter experts and stakeholders to thoughtfully gather and organize input and feedback for enhancing compatibility between venues, residents, and hotels.
Are you involved in the Austin entertainment, live music, or hotel industry? Are you an Austin resident? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a key stakeholder, and we want your input. Please complete the signup form to be added to the stakeholder database. Registration is free and required for all stakeholder meetings. Please see event registration links below.
Timeline: November 2018–February, 2019
Participants: City Staff will host engagement sessions between stakeholders, facilitator, and subject matter experts, including online input and feedback from the public at large
Goal: Determine policy recommendations from facilitated stakeholder engagement, pin-pointing common ground and points of contention for mediation
Conclusion: City Staff will provide Council with policy recommendations for moving forward that are informed by stakeholder and public priorities, as well as best practices for promoting compatibility
Upcoming Engagement Meetings
Saturday, February 2, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, LZR 612 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701. The third meeting in the Sound Compatibility Engagement will dive deep into the four key themes identified by stakeholders: Compliance & Enforcement; Sound Standards, Monitoring & Mitigation; Stakeholder Partnerships; and Agent of Change. The purpose of this meeting is for stakeholders to better understand the full impact of collected stakeholder recommendations so far, find common ground, and compile a priority list that will inform the final report to City Council.
Wednesday, November 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Austin City Hall, Sound Compatibility Best Practices Forum: An introduction to the topic, review of the council resolution, and a panel session to learn how peer cities approach entertainment-related compatibility.Panel includes Benjamin Van Houton (City of San Fransico), Mike Tanner (City of Toronto) and Frank Henry (Brisbane City Council).
Interpretation services can be coordinated by request. For ASL services, call our TDD/TTY number 512-972-9848. For all other languages, please contact Kimberly McCarson or 512-974-7963 for questions or assistance.
If you would like more information about the Entertainment & Sound Compatibility Engagement initiative or have additional questions, please email us.
On October 18, 2018, City Council approved a resolution directing staff to provide a stakeholder-informed proposal to improve compatibility between residents, lodging establishments, and music-related businesses. The goal of this engagement is to create a proposal reflecting best practices for encouraging peaceful co-existence and amicable participation in Austin’s world renowned nighttime economy, while fostering trust within the community.