One can only hope that there are more events such as this in Nederland’s future. Seeing a live band on the stage of the community center was a joy to behold. The Duhks were the perfect band to inaugurate this stage as a concert venue. May more such events be in Nederland’s future

Burt Rashbaum, The Ned Gazette – 03 May 2008

As for events like the Aspen Meadows House Concert Series that Ching hosts, which started the entire argument and precipitated the amendment regulating and permitting them, it seems they were never a real problem to begin with. Even the commissioners voiced their overwhelming support of them.

“We’re convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt of the value of House Concerts,” said Pearlman. “But the world’s changing and I don’t think the current Land Use Code properly addresses it.”

As for Ching’s opinion of the amendment set before the council, he said, “I think it’s unnecessary, unenforceable and unconstitutional. Someone will challenge the ruling and take Boulder County to court.”

Many others echoed his sentiments.

Paul Rennix called it “a waste of time, waste of money, and overall, an embarrassment for Boulder County.

— Kathy Raczkowski, Left Hand Valley Courier – April 2008

There are a bunch of house concerts all along the Front Range,” Greg told me by phone before the March 13 ruling. “There are probably like twenty of them. And there are many, many more that are underground; they pop up once a year, once every couple of years, not every month like we were doing. … Some of these house-concert series’ have been very supportive; others have been kind of apathetic. They just think it is our problem. But they don’t realize it is going to hit them and what we are doing right now is saving their butts.

Elliott Johnston, Fort Collins Rocky Mountain Chronicle – 03 April 2008

You’re right – we almost never do house concerts.  Greg and Debbie Ching’s series is special to us – we had a great time playing there in 2005.  We believe in house concerts, and that they benefit a community greatly, and we’re so happy to be part of the experience!

The Duhks, Mountain Music – April 2008

But the fact is, despite the complaints of a few cranky neighbors, such events — most notably those at the home of Greg Ching near Nederland, which sparked the original dispute — are rarely a nuisance, and already are subject to existing noise, parking and other regulations. And it was downright Kafkaesque that under Billingsley’s interpretation, Ching could have held 365 concerts a year, for even more guests, so long as he never asked them to help pay for the show.

Clay Evans, Boulder Daily Camera editorial – 18 March 2008

The idea that busy-bodies should be able to keep citizens from using our own property as we choose, without actual harm to anyone, is something that could only get this far in a place as far beyond reason as Boulder County

Ross Kaminsky, Boulder Daily Camera Letters to Editor – 04 March 2008

Delighting house concert supporters on January 16, the Boulder County Planning Commission voted 6-2 to delete Land Use staff recommended restrictions for the proposed “home events” regulations. The Planning Commission was split 4-4 to simply changing the definition of commercial activity to exclude home events (e.g. house concerts, Tupperware parties) which would have eliminated the justification for the initial Land Use Director interpretation. The recommendation made by the Planning Commission will be taken up by the County Commissioners in a February public meeting.

Nederland The Mountain-Ear – 24 January 2008

Because the county did draw a clear line and because it does understand the nuances of this case, it is now looking to amend the land-use code — a step that would have been unnecessary if the county had simply exercised the option to look the other way. This, too, underscores the wisdom, not to mention efficiency, in balancing regulations with discretion.

Clint Talbott, Boulder Daily Camera – 10 June 2007

If the Chings, or anyone else hired a band, ensemble, orchestra, or other music entertainment and invited people to a concert for a party, that would be permitted regardless of whether it generated noise or traffic which might annoy the neighbors,” reads a staff analysis. “However, once they charge for the entertainment, even in the form of requested donations, it changes the event from entertainment to a business.

Clay Evans, Boulder Daily Camera – 11 February 2007
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