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BYERS - According to Arapahoe County, the permit for Riot Fest 2014 has been denied.

Arapahoe County posted on their website their zoning department notified Riot Fest Corp./Soda Jerk Promotions of the decision on Friday.

Arapahoe County cited public safety concerns for why they denied the permit in a denial letter:

"Due to the amount of traffic congestion from Riot Fest, emergency service providers would not be able to serve the residents of Byers, the surrounding areas, or the attendees of Riot Fest on a timely basis. In addition, the congestion and configuration of the event parking/camping would result in pedestrian/vehicle conflicts along Bradbury Road and I-70. In the case of a disaster at Riot Fest, the ability to evacuate the site quickly would be impaired by the limited access and the existing roadway infrastructure and network."

Riot Fest had promised Arapahoe County they would mitigate the traffic impact, but the county claimed these efforts would only be "partially successful."

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More than 17,000 were projected to attend in 2014. Coordinators said they were expecting at least 2,100 campsites to be set up for festival-goers.

Performers at Riot Fest include big names like the Cure, the National, Rise Against, Weezer, the Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan and TV On The Radio.

Riot Fest has 10 calendar days to appeal the decision. 9NEWS has contacted Riot Fest organizers for comment. They said on Facebook:

"Due to circumstances beyond our control and despite lots of support for Riot Fest & Sideshow in Byers, May Farms is no longer available to host Riot Fest. A nearby alternate location will be announced early next week. We know this sucks, we're as disappointed as you are, but if you could be a little patient with us, we'll have more information ASAP. All tickets will be honored at the new location. Riot Fest in Denver is NOT cancelled, the show will go on, and rock n roll never dies."

Riot Fest had promised Arapahoe County they would mitigate the traffic impact, but the county claimed these efforts would only be "partially successful."

Michelle Noon runs The Whatever Store in Byers and said she is devastated.

Noon began working at The Whatever Store on Highway 36 last July after hearing about Riot Fest. The point was to cash in on the concert.

Noon said it was a financial boon for her, and a town that needs it.

"It's dying," she said. "It's dying slowly."

Around the corner at a local bar, Gordon Schultz agreed.

"We got to have growth in this town," Schultz said. "This town is really starting to die, and I don't want to see that happen."

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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