The crowd appears to be enjoying Day One of the inaugural Riot Fest Denver in 2013. (Dylan Langille / heyreverb.com)
Arapahoe County is seeking public input to decide the future of Riot Fest, which is scheduled to take place at May Farms in Byers on Sept. 19-21.
At the hearing, scheduled for July 1 at Byers American Legion Hall, Arapahoe County Commissioners will listen to public comment on land use matters at May Farms, where Riot Fest took place for the first time in 2013.
May Farms at Byers has requested public comment on two applications, one for the May Farms Agri-tainment expansion Use by Special Review Amendment and another for the Temporary Use Permit for Riot Fest, according to documents provided Arapahoe County Zoning Administrator Tammy King.
Following the hearing, the Arapahoe County Planning Department will evaluate the information provided by the community and decide if Riot Fest has permission to take place at May Farms on Sept. 19-21.
"There are no guarantees in life," said Riot Fest organizer Max Wagner. "With every city, with every venue the permits are generally not issued until close to the event."
"We're confident that we're going to get to a place where the commissioners, the local community leaders are happy," Wagner said. "We always have contingency plans, but we don't feel as though that will be necessary."
He added that Riot Fest goes through a similar process at events held in Chicago and Toronto.
Until the department makes a decision, King said Riot Fest does not have permission to hold the event at May Farms.
"This would be a good one for Vegas," said King on if the department would allow or deny Riot Fest to take place. "We've gotten a lot of emails both in support and in opposition."
An advertisement running in the I-70 Scout is urging the Byers community to voice its opposition against Riot Fest.
"Opponents of the event must voice their opinions now or Byers might become the wrong kind of town for families and farmers!," reads the ad, which is paid for by Opponents of Riot Fest.
The advertisement lists the contact information for King, who is taking letters from the public on the matter.
"There are concerned citizens in every one of our markets," Wagner said. "People will get a personal audience with us if they have an issue."
On June 30, Riot Fest is holding an open house at May Farms, where organizers will meet with the public to address any concerns.
Riot Fest, produced by Denver promoter Soda Jerk Presents, is scheduled to bring the Cure, the National, Weezer, Rise Against, the Flaming Lips and more big acts.
When the event debuted in 2013 it faced the same review process, but King said this year the community has gotten more time to evaluate the festival.
This is the largest event that takes place at May Farms, according to King.
Soda Jerk declined comment for this story.