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Springdale Farm debate likely back at Council this week

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Prior to taking their first stab at the long-running conflict over outdoor entertainment at Springdale Farm, several City Council members indicated in a work session Tuesday that they will likely deny a request to postpone Thursday’s public hearing and will also likely shorten public comment. “I think the public should know that, one, my sense is it’s not going to get postponed,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “Second, my sense is that we’ll limit debate.” Several other Council members noted that they are not in support of postponing the hearing, most vocally Council Member Pio Renteria. “This is an asset to my community, and I just can’t see why we’re still dragging these poor people through delays after delays after delays.” Jerry Rusthoven of the Planning and Zoning Department explained the current issue. “The postponement request is by the people who are in opposition to the farm. As I understand it, they’re requesting a postponement because their attorney, Mr. Bill Aleshire, has indicated that he would not be available to be here on Thursday,” he said. The hearing is regarding an appeal from the farm owners – who oppose postponement – for Council to overturn the Planning Commission’s June 9 denial of a conditional use permit that would allow “outdoor entertainment” on the property.

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