Since 2017, the Music & Entertainment Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department has been collecting proposed solutions from stakeholders and staff to address amplified sound compatibility issues surrounding live music and entertainment venues, Austinites, and visitors.
For this engagement, stakeholder meetings kicked off late 2018 with a Listening Session at the Doris Miller Auditorium on December 5th. This meet-up included members from neighborhood associations, music venues, night life establishments, real estate industry, and hotels. An online survey was also available to stakeholders through December 14, 2018, to collect information on ongoing issues and proposed solutions.
The main themes that emerged from the Listening Session and online survey are summarized below and reflect interest areas in previous engagements:
1. Agent of Change: Useful as a forward facing tool, while monitoring and enforcement is used to resolve current conflict.
2. Compliance & Enforcement: The City must improve and then provide consistent enforcement of the sound ordinance.
3. Sound Standards, Monitoring & Mitigation: Establish amplified sound standards for all venues, increase publicly accessible and real-time sound monitoring, and increase City-led mitigation testing and efforts.
4. Stakeholder Partnerships: Build on success of Red River Extended Hours Pilot Program, where venues and residents successfully worked together on agreements and self-regulation, while also considering other community-led groups to serve as problem solvers and advocates.
Please take a moment to let us know if you agree or disagree with each proposed solution provided so far in each key area, including your preferred implementation timeline and any additional suggestions for solutions.
This information will be collected, analyzed, then discussed during our next engagement meeting happening Saturday, February 2nd, at LZR to learn the impact of each solution and prioritize accordingly.
Thank you for participating!