A Deschutes County judge has dismissed a complaint from a business that argued the Bend City Council improperly limited the number of large events it could hold each year.
During a hearing Thursday, Deschutes County Circuit Judge Beth Bagley granted the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit from Century Center, a business on Century Drive that frequently hosts large concerts.
Century Center, which is home to GoodLife Brewing and Volcanic Theatre Pub, has been embroiled for years in a dispute with nearby residents who don’t like hearing noise from events. Bend City Council discussions about that issue resulted in the council voting 4-3 last February to limit the number of large events businesses like Century Center can hold to three each year.
Businesses are required to obtain temporary permits, which cost between $200 and $1,700, if they want to hold events with at least 50 people in buildings that aren’t designed for those kinds of crowds. Century Center is the only business that’s requested more than three permits a year.
In April 2017, lawyers for Century Center asked the court to use a rarely utilized legal review mechanism to determine that the City Council erred in making its decision. Attorneys for Century Center and the city argued in court in January.
In an email, Bend Assistant City Attorney Ian Leitheiser said Bagley tracked arguments quite closely and the city was happy with the result.
Megan Burgess, the attorney representing Century Center, was not available for comment, a receptionist at her law firm said.
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