AB 2923, a Transit-Oriented Development Bill, Would Give BART Land Use and Zoning Controls Within One-Half Mile of the Lafayette BART Station
Assembly Bill 2923, sponsored by Assembly Members David Chiu and Timothy Grayson, will remove a city’s zoning and land use authority on BART-owned land within ½ mile of a transit station and hand it over to the BART Board. The bill, which will affect Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, requires BART to adopt transit-oriented development (TOD) standards that establish minimum development regulations for the land that it currently owns, or may own in the future. You can read AB 2923 here. Although this is a statewide bill, it only affects three Bay Area counties. Cities in these counties would have their local zoning authority abolished on BART-owned land within a 1/2 mile buffer zone around station entrances wherein BART could develop projects under its own standards for density and height. You can see a parcel map of Lafayette with BART's proposed 1/2 mile radius here.
BART currently owns the commuter parking lots on the north side of Highway 24 in Lafayette. BART’s current TOD standards for the Lafayette station are a minimum height of five stories and a minimum density of 75 housing units per acre. You can read BART’s full TOD guidelines here. The current zoning for the BART-owned parcels in Lafayette is R-10, which permits single-family homes on ¼ acre lots. In the downtown located south of the freeway, Lafayette allows multifamily housing at a maximum density of 35 housing units an acre and a maximum height of three stories. The City Council has sent a letter to Sacramento objecting to the loss of local control over land use. You can read that letter here. The City of Lafayette would like to hear your views on Assembly Bill 2923. Should BART decide local land use and development issues or should these decisions be made by city governments through their local zoning processes? Please provide your opinion on this important matter here.
The bill has already been approved by the State Assembly and will next be considered by the State Senate. If you would like to make your views known to the co-authors and Lafayette’s representatives in the Legislature, Assembly Member Baker and Senator Glazer, you can email them at the following addresses: