Riot Fest 2014 permit denied by Arapahoe County zoning administrator

Organizers promise to announce plan b

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - Arapahoe County has denied plans for Riot Fest, 3-day music festival planned in Byers this September. But the organizers have promised to name an alternate location.

"Riot Fest in Denver is NOT cancelled, the show will go on, and rock n roll never dies," they wrote on Facebook.

The music festival, held last year at May Farms, featured a lineup of punk and rock bands and drew about 14,000 people.

During a public hearing last week, residents complained of noise, traffic and the late hours of last year’s event.

Others voiced their support and said the town desperately needs the economic boost.

"The decision on whether to issue the permit was made by the County’s Zoning Administrator after receiving comments from the public and referral agencies," officials with Arapahoe County said. "The decision to deny is based upon traffic impacts and public safety concerns that would adversely impact surrounding property owners."

In the denial letter sent to Riot Fest Corp./Soda Jerk Promotions, the zoning administrator said there were concerns traffic congestion and that emergency service providers would not be able to serve the residents of Byers, the surrounding areas, or the attendees of Riot Fest on a timely basis.

The decision may be appealed to the Arapahoe County Board of Adjustment, but the organizers posted to Facebook a pledge to announce an alternative location early next week.



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