Planning commission reviews proposed art show ordinance |

Planning commission reviews proposed art show ordinance

Jack Barnwell

Arts and crafts fairs in South Lake Tahoe are set to be refined following a recommendation by the city planning commission to overhaul how they are regulated.

The proposed ordinance, recommended in a 5-0 vote by the commission, would require all temporary arts and crafts shows to be juried and screened by both the promoter as well as city staff and an established committee. In addition, the promoter or designee would have to be present during shows to monitor events and “correct” non-compliant vendors.

The proposed ordinance needs to be adopted by the city council.

Judy Finn, the city’s associate planner, said the ordinance would also establish standards for merchandise, requiring vendors to sell and display artwork that are handcrafted, not pre-fabricated. The ordinance also establishes that shows need to have variety.

Finn added the deadline for promoters to apply for a craft show permit has been pushed from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1 the year before the event.

“It order to attract more vendors and artists, we thought it best to extend that deadline,” Finn said. “It will give them more time to prepare.”

Commission Chair Judy Brown asked why the ordinance didn’t allow umbrellas used for table shade to have lettering.

Finn said it would technically be considered a sign.

“It would be in violation of the city’s sign ordinance,” Finn said. “It’s been a standard policy of the arts and crafts shows.”

The ordinance would formally codify the restriction.

Finn said vendors’ failure to comply “could be a basis to deny future permits.”

The show promoter has the responsibility to ensure compliance and work with the artists.

“These artists want to participate and they know by not cooperating with the promoter that they won’t be invited back,” Finn said.

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