Panel rec­om­mends Back­yard amend­ment

New plan lim­its con­cert at­ten­dees to 1,900 un­til ac­cess to Texas 71 is granted.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Rachel Rice rrice@ac­n­news­pa­

By a 5-1 vote, Bee Cave’s Planning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion has rec­om­mended ap­proval of the Back­yard’s amended plan for the ex­pan­sive mixed-use project that shifts the size of the am­phithe­ater mu­sic venue and re­moves ini­tial ele­ments.

The project also fea­tures a ho­tel, of­fice build­ings, park­ing garages, data cen­ters and a dis­trib­uted en­ergy cen­ter.

The amend­ment sug­gests lim­it­ing con­cert at­ten­dees to 1,900 pa­trons via ticket sale re­stric­tions un­til ac­cess to Texas 71 is granted “through any ad­ja­cent prop­erty.” The ticket re­stric­tions would re­main in place un­til con­struc­tion of an on-site park­ing garage is com­pleted and is awarded its cer­tifi­cate of oc­cu­pancy, the amend­ment sug­gests.

The City Coun­cil has made it clear that the Back­yard project, which has cost de­vel­op­ers mil­lions of dol­lars, will not re­ceive its cer­tifi­cate of oc­cu­pancy un­til it gains ac­cess to Texas 71, fear­ing that such a large de­vel­op­ment will cre­ate crush­ing traf­fic flow if its roads lead only to Bee Cave Park­way.

Mayor Pro Tem Bill Good­win said he was skep­ti­cal the city could en­force any ticket re­stric­tions in any case.

“We don’t have any way to ex­er­cise con­trol over that, and we’ve found that out in the past,” Good­win said. “That would leave the city in a real weak po­si­tion.”

The 1,900 con­cert at­ten­dees limit was “de­rived dur­ing the re­view of the traf­fic im­pact anal­y­sis,” the Planning and Zon­ing amend­ment states. It also pro­poses re­mov­ing the record­ing stu­dio from the project, cre­at­ing an “ac­ces­sory med­i­cal clinic” for emer­gen­cies from the mu­sic venue, and mak­ing mi­nor ad­just­ments to some build­ing heights.

The Planning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion re­quested clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the med­i­cal clinic, sug­gest­ing it should be spec­i­fied as an al­lowed use to the Back­yard’s Planned De­vel­op­ment District, ac­cord­ing to city staff.

De­vel­oper Chris Milam did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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