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As LifeAustin amphitheater completion nears, OHAN wants sound permit denied

May 27, 2015

With construction of a controversial 1,000 fixed-seat outdoor amphitheater at the LifeAustin church nearing completion, the final step is a permit to allow amplified sound for the performances—the long-held dream of Pastor Randy Phillips, founder of the popular contemporary Christian music trio Phillips, Craig and Dean.

But one man’s dream can be another’s nightmare, and some nearby residents are fearful that the sound from the amphitheater will destroy the tranquility of their neighborhoods. To that end, the neighborhoods requested and received support from the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) in a May 13 resolution to oppose the issuance of a sound permit for an outdoor music venue as well as to “revoke the site development permit as to the outdoor amphitheater.”

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