Hearing, decision on LIVEstock Music Festival to wait until July
The fate of a Warren Township Music Festival will have to wait another month.
Already on the Putnam County Board of Zoning Appeals agenda twice, the decision on a requested special exception by Willer Timber Ridge to host LIVEstock music festival will not formally be heard until BZA meeting on Monday, July 12.
The BZA was ready to continue the hearing during its June meeting on Monday evening until problems were pointed out by an attorney representing neighbors objecting to the festival.
Brian Zager of the firm Krieg DeVault questioned the validity of Mondayís hearing based on the fact that word had gone out in the middle of the week prior that the exception would not be on the agenda.
The May hearing had already been problematic based on some problems regarding legal notification for the meeting.
After discussion by the five-member BZA and County Attorney Jim Ensley, who joined via telephone, the decision was made not only to wait until July but to start the hearing over again to avoid any questions about notification to those who might be for or against the exception.
The Willers actually hosted LIVEstock in 2019 and 2020, but complaints by neighbors about the noise level and long hours led to questions over whether such an event is an allowed use in the Agriculture 1 district in which the Willer farm sits.
Currently, the 2021 festival remains scheduled for Sept. 17-19.
The Monday, July 12 meeting is set for 7 p.m. on the east side of the Putnam County Fairgrounds Community Building.