SnowGlobe influences city event guidelines |

SnowGlobe influences city event guidelines

Adam Jensen

It’s been more than three months since the SnowGlobe Music Festival debuted at the South Shore, but the reverberations are still being felt.

On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed on a set of guidelines that will advise promoters on what the city is looking for when it comes to special events. Bringing more events is a goal of the city and is part of its efforts to raise revenue.

Although the guidelines apply to any event requiring significant use of city services and those expected to attract more than 2,000 people, the electronic music festival that culminated early New Year’s Day was often used as a point of reference.

SnowGlobe has been praised for the amount of business it brought to the South Shore and criticized for being overly loud.

South Lake Tahoe resident Tom Wendell said he is concerned about one of the guidelines that says no event shall exceed 95 decibels, as measured at the property line, for more than 10 minutes.

For a venue with an expansive property line like Lake Tahoe Community College, the boundary would effectively be right next to homes and allow for excessive noise, Wendell said.

“We’re very uncomfortable with that particular part,” Wendell told the council.

City Manager Tony O’Rourke responded by saying most jurisdictions do not limit events based on decibel levels and said a property line provides a clear boundary for enforcement.

He said the city’s decibel guideline is one of the “most strict” staff could find.

Other special event guidelines approved Tuesday:

• All residents and businesses within 300 yards of an event venue will be notified in writing

• Outside entertainment will be limited to between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., but exceptions may be allowed if recommended by the Special Events Committee and City Council

• The city reserves the right to request a specific artist or entertainer perform before 7 p.m.

• A market study may be required to determine economic impact of the event at the City Council’s request

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