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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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‘Agent of change’ ordinance appears!
The prolonged and winding journey of the city’s “agent of change” policy proposal took another turn Thursday with the online availability of the first publicly viewable ordinance draft language. The 21-page document is laden with references to other ordinances and city policy, so we haven’t had a chance to properly parse and digest exactly what it attempts to lay out in terms of alleviating tensions between live music venues and nearby development. Guess we know what to do with our weekend now before the next Cavs/Warriors game on Sunday night (because, priorities!). Staff from the Economic Development office had originally crafted the proposal with a very conspicuous exemption for hotels, which Mayor Steve Adler and a confederacy of live music venue owners pretty much gave a big “Nuh-uh” at a meeting earlier this week. The timing of the ordinance becoming available does raise some questions about its near-term future. Adler suggested staff might want to pump the brakes on a plan to have the issue in front of City Council on June 8, but it’s possible the version published online could sneak onto this week’s Council agenda. Where this all leads, we’ll find out next week, beginning with Monday’s meeting of the Music Commission.
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