Springdale Farm denied conditional use permit to host more events

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The National League of Cities toured Springdale Farm in November. Photo by Laura Skeldling for the Austin American-Statesman.

This week, the City of Austin’s planning commission denied a conditional use permit for Springdale Farm, the East Austin farm that has been wrapped up in a controversy around gentrification, land usage and zoning since 2013.

The National League of Cities toured Springdale Farm in November.  Photo by Laura Skeldling for the Austin American-Statesman.

The National League of Cities toured Springdale Farm in November. Photo by Laura Skeldling for the Austin American-Statesman.

The farm, which is commercially zoned, had received the green light from the city council in December to host more than the standard six events per year, but this week, the planning commission denied the requested change.

The farm, like many in the area, helps support itself by hosting weddings, fundraisers and other events on the property.

“While we do have the option to appeal this decision, which takes the case back to city council, at this moment in time, we are not sure we have the energy or the resources to stay in this game of politics,” owners, Glenn and Paula Foore, posted in a statement on their website.


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