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