Despite concerns, festival out of county’s hands

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new venue for music festivals is beginning to emerge in southeast Travis County. And it is in a spot with very few ordinances.

Last year, Austin Psych Fest moved their event to the Carson Creek Ranch and this year the Euphoria Music and Camping Festival will do the same. The ranch sits tucked away down dirt and gravel roads in an isolated area along the Colorado River.

But not all neighbors in the nearby Carson Creek subdivision are in a festive mood.

“There has been widespread opposition to it,” said one man at Tuesday’s Travis County Commissioners meeting. The crowds, noise, and late night festivities were all cited as concerns.

But unfortunately for those worried about the crowds and the noise, there is not much county commissioners can do.

“We have limited authority on those kinds of issues,” said Commissioner Bruce Todd.

The private ranch sits at the end of a private drive and in an unincorporated part of the county.

Commissioner Margaret Gomez said previous noise complaints in such areas leave little recourse.

“We have always told them we do not have ordinance making power,” said Gomez. “It is something we should approach the legislature about.”

Commissioners urged the ranch owner to work with neighbors to settle concerns on their own while the commission reexamines what authority they may have in unincorporated areas.

Tuesday’s meeting was to allow public feedback for the request of a mass gathering permit for the Euphoria Music and Camping Festival scheduled for April 25th and 26th.

The owner of Carson Creek Ranch was also at the hearing and said she did not plan on adding several more festivals to the list of events held at the ranch.

Euphoria’s mass gathering permit was written for up to 5,000 attendees, but they realistically expect around 1,500.

Austin Psych Fest is scheduled from May 2nd to May 4th.

Neighbor Tina Cobb is a musician herself who enjoys having the festivals in her neighborhood, but admits there are traffic concerns.

“This is just a private road and a gravel road that turns into dirt,” she said about the small road in front of her home which sees plenty of vehicles trying to make their way to the festivals.

She urged festival goers to use Giraffe Pin Road rather than Sherman Road if they are trying to get to Carson Creek Ranch.

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