Utopiafest organizers seek peace from protestors, Permit hangs in the balance

About 100 people attended a public meeting Sept. 19 to express concerns about a proposed festival permit that would bring thousands of people onto 105 acres just outside Burnet. A public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Burnet County Commissioners Court.





Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor •

Utopiafest founder Travis Sutherland told more than 100 concerned Burnet County residents his festival is about “family, connection and community” during a public meeting Wednesday evening at the Burnet County AgriLife Extension building.

A public hearing on the permit is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, during a regular commissioners court meeting at the Burnet County Courthouse in Burnet.

However, many of those in attendance at Wednesday night’s meeting voiced their displeasure with organizers’ failure to notify them about the venue change to property off Shady Grove Road (County Road 200), as one local attorney even accused them of violating state law by promoting the now 10-year-old festival without a mass gathering permit.


Stakeholders come together to oppose rock crushing plant

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Baylor Scott & White Hill Country Region president Tim Ols, left, speaks about the impact a proposed rock crushing plant would have on the hospital campus in Marble Falls as state Rep. Terry Wilson, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery and Horseshoe Bay Mayor Steve Jordan listen Friday during a meeting at the BSW Specialty Clinic training room. Stakeholders from a wide spectrum of interests came together in opposition of the proposed Asphalt Inc. rock crushing plant, which has an air quality permit before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Homeowners, ranchers, government officials, hospital leaders and concerned citizens met together Friday at Baylor Scott & White Speciality Clinic with one common goal in mind — opposing the construction of a new rock crushing plant south of Marble Falls.

Asphalt Inc. applied for an air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to operate a new rock and concrete crushing plant with an entrance 90 feet west of US 281 and approximately 2.6 miles south of the intersection of Texas 71 near Flat Rock Road, which is Burnet County Road 403.

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