Amendments to the Special Events Ordinance
In 2017, Council replaced the "Parade Ordinance" with the "Special Event Permit Ordinance" which expanded the scope of the requirement for a permit to include not just parades, but "any activity which occurs on private or public property that will affect the ordinary use of City property, public streets, rights-of-way, or sidewalks."
Now that the City has five years of experience with the ordinance, it would be prudent to review the ordinance to determine if it is meeting the needs of the City and those entities that want to obtain a special event permit. While Council may review any and all sections of the ordinance for possible revision, concerns have been raised about the criteria for rejection of an application (Section 5-6-9).
The criteria, as currently written, are that:
•the event will disrupt traffic within the City beyond practical solution;
•will interfere with access to fire stations and fire hydrants;
•the location of the special event will cause undue hardship to adjacent businesses or residents;
•the event will require the diversion of so many public employees that allowing the event would unreasonably deny service to the remainder of the City;
•the application contains incomplete or false information;
•the applicant fails to comply with all terms of this chapter including failure to remit all fees and deposits or failure to provide proof of insurance, bonds, and a save harmless agreement to the City.
An issue that has arisen for Council to consider is whether the ordinance should provide for conditions specific to the venue to be imposed on the permittee.
- Fiscal Impact:
- None. Discussion only item.
- Speaker's Name
- Curtis Hayes and Maryann Ustick