Lafayette Town Center Complex Hearing Set for Tuesday

Seventy-two-condo development goes before City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday at library.

City leaders hold a special meeting and public hearing Tuesday to consider allowances for a planned 72-condominium development in a parking lot below Lafayette BART.

Officials will discuss approvals for and an amendment to the city's BART Block Specific Plan, which sets building heights at three stories and 35 feet in an area of downtown, according to an email from City Manager Steve Falk. The project is the third phase of the Town Center project of shops and apartments near mass transit. A city staff report on the project is attached to this article.

The council voted in October to send plans for the third phase of the Town Center project back to the design review and planning commissions after discussing the building's design and mass. They heard a suggestion this week from city staff to approve the project with the condition it be sent back to the Design Review Commission for more work on building exterior plans. Council members voted to continue the matter.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

Save Lafayette November 20, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The Lafayette City Council is moving toward approving the tallest, and one of the most dense, residential projects in the history of Lafayette. Members of the Planning Commission and The Design Review Commission and the public have stated that the original project on the south elevation was a six story project; and now that the applicant, at the last moment, has decided to remove one story it is currently a five story building on the south elevation. This is born out by the building being over 55 feet high (and almost 60 feet to the roof peak) which is the normal height for the five story residential buildings. The structure is too large for the site and will jeopardize the small town feel of Lafayette, obstruct hillside views, impact our schools and create numerous problems with traffic and parking in downtown Lafayette.
c5 November 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
my biggest concern with any development project in lafayette is whether the project puts the town in better or worse fiscal shape. if the property tax revenues do not support the added services, infrastructure and education costs required, i'm against it. if the economics work, i'm very open minded.
c5 November 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
..and generally town managers have been reasonably smart so far in managing development in the town.


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