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    Revisions Approved in Title 13: Streets, Sidewalks & Public Places

    During the City Council meeting of April 4, 2006, a Public Hearing was conducted regarding the proposed revisions to Title 13. The amendments to the chapters under Title 13 were brought forward to modernize and renew procedures for the administrative issuance of parade, temporary event and amplification permits and notices of picketing. The proposed revisions were approved by City Council with the following amendments:

    • The appeal process under the Temporary Event, Parade and Public Assembly and the Sound Amplification Chapters are to initiate administratively through the City Manager with a second appeal process through City Council prior to judicial review
    • Listed restricted areas under the Picketing Notices Ordinance were removed and are subject to review with the appropriate Legislative Review Committee within 30 days of April 4, 2006 for further action
    • Provisions regulating the size and construction of signs under the Picketing Notices Ordinance have been removed
    Highlights of the overall revisions included:

    Title 13: Streets, Sidewalks & Public Places
    • Parades & Temporary events permits will not have to go to City Council for approval or denial
    • New process will separate the various permits into separate chapters of the code
    • Administrative issuance of parade, temporary event & amplification permits
    • Requires filling of notices for picketing 72 hours in advance for groups of 25 or more at no cost
    • New fees for permits and late fees for filing applications
    • All applications subject to these revisions as of event date of May 1, 2006
    Here is a recap of the changes to each of the ordinances impacted:

    Chapter 13.32: Temporary Event Permits: Effective as of April 10, 2006
    • Involves block parties and similar events on residential streets
    • Applications must be filed thirty (30) days before event; approval/denial within twenty (20) days of filing the application
    • The ordinance gives the City more authority to require points of access by emergency vehicles during events, the placement of trash receptacles, and to better control the noise from these events. Persons residing on the street can request to have barricades placed by their homes to keep people out of their yards.
    • Application fee of $60
    • Permittee responsible for all costs of traffic control, security, barricade rental, etc.
      http://ordlink.com/codes/elpaso/_DATA/TITLE13/Chapter_13_32__PARADES_AND_TEMPORA/
      13_32_110_Costs_of_city_police.html
    • One-half of the estimated costs for City Services due prior to permit issuance
    Chapter 13.34: Picketing Notices: Effective as of April 4, 2006
    • Applies to sidewalks, parks & rights-of-way other than streets, by groups of 25 persons or more
    • A separate authorization for picketing is being created to allow individuals to have the ability to quickly obtain permission to picket, protest or otherwise exercise First Amendment rights at no cost.
    • Separate Authorization that allows permissions to be quickly obtained at no cost
    • Police Department administers process; Requires filing of notice of intent to picket by the public: once notice is verified, the Police Department issues receipt & picketing may then take place
    Chapter 13.36: Parade & Public Assembly Permits: Effective as of April 10, 2006
    • Applies to parades, assemblies using streets or exclusive portions of rights-of-way or parks, & athletic events
    • Applications must be filed thirty (30) days before event; permits issued within twenty (20) days of filing application
    • Because of the dangers presented by lengthy, rapidly moving parades, parades consisting solely of moving vehicles may not exceed five miles in length.
    • Any person or organization wanting the City to co-sponsor an event must file their request for City funding prior to June 1, 2006, and thereafter by March 1st of each year. This will enable the Council to make one decision as to which events have a municipal purpose and should be co-sponsored and to put adequate funding in the budget to pay for them.
    • New provisions have been added to allow the Police Department to work with applicants to develop efficient foot and bicycle race routes to help reduce the traffic control costs.
    • Application fee of $60
    • Permittee responsible for all costs of traffic control, security, barricade rental, etc.
      http://ordlink.com/codes/elpaso/_DATA/TITLE13/Chapter_13_32__PARADES_AND_TEMPORA/
      13_32_110_Costs_of_city_police.html
    • Police Department to create a schedule of fees for their services
    • One-half of the estimated costs for the city services due prior to permit issuance
    Chapter 13.28: Amplification Permits: Effective as of April 10, 2006
    • Applies to non-commercial uses of amplification
    • Jointly requested with application for parade or temporary events
    • The application must be submitted five business days prior to the date of use. Permits will be issued within three business days of the receipt of the application.
    • The ordinance includes some new restrictions on the locations where amplification can be used. Prohibited areas include most of the Civic Center Plaza and San Jacinto Plaza, and areas next to the Zoo. Additionally, residences, hospitals and performing arts and motion picture facilities cannot be targeted.
    • To reduce the impact of amplification noise upon downtown governmental and business offices no more than 30 minutes of amplification may occur during each two-hour period in the downtown government/business area.
    • Requires compliance with Noise Ordinance
      http://ordlink.com/codes/elpaso/_DATA/TITLE09/Chapter_9_40__NOISE/index.html
    • Permit fee of $15: Indigent applicants who are unable to pay the permit fee can obtain a waiver of the fees from the permit official.
    Chapter 15.08, Special Privilege Licenses: Effective as of April 4, 2006
    • This ordinance is being amended to reflect the adoption of these new ordinances as exceptions to the requirement for obtaining a special privilege.
    For more information on these chapters and Title 13 please visit:

    http://ordlink.com/codes/elpaso/_DATA/TITLE13/index.html

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