Austin’s Health and Human services says no to barbecue ordinance

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Chicken and pork barbeque.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin’s Health and Human Services Committee said a recommendation for a city-wide ordinance on barbecue smoke will not come from them.

In March, Councilmember “Pio” Renteria introduced a resolution to implement a code amendment to mitigate the effects of smoke emissions from restaurants and mobile food vendors near residentially zoned areas. On April 2, the Austin City Council passed the smoke emissions resolution which directed the city manager to conduct hearings to gather stakeholder input.

The amendment would require restaurants and mobile food vendors that use wood/charcoal burning stoves or grills and are located within 100 feet of homes to reduce the amount of smoke coming from their restaurant.

 

“That was meant to ensure that a potential ordinance would avoid creating undue burdens on business owners who are good neighbors and respectful of their communities. From this Councilmember Renteria hoped to ensure everyone’s voice would be heard,” said David Chincanchan, who is Renteria’s policy aide.

On Monday, Health and Human Services decided to not move the amendment to city council and determined complaints will be taken individually and then action will be taken per business if enough complaints are taken.

The Economic Opportunity Committee took up the item in May and made its recommendations.

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