Downtown Creeks Preservation, Restoration & Development Plan

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    Preserve and Celebrate Our Downtown Creeks!



    Creeks in the downtown are an asset not enjoyed by many cities.  The City of Lafayette feels fortunate to have this asset and is working on a Downtown Creeks Plan that can entice more people to shop, dine and linger.   The City began work on the Downtown Creeks Plan in September to fulfill a recommendation from Lafayette’s Downtown Specific Plan which was adopted by the City Council in 2012.  A consultant team with expertise in landscape architecture, civil engineering and environmental restoration is developing the Plan under the guidance of the City Creeks Committee. 

    The objectives of the Plan include:

    •Identifying creek preservation and restoration opportunities;

    •Clarifying creek setback requirements for the downtown;

    •Preserving existing trees and riparian corridors;

    •Developing standards for how development should relate to adjacent creeks;

    •Producing strategies and methods for creek improvements and stewardship;

    •Developing opportunities for public access and pathways;

    •Preventing property damage by creek processes (flooding, erosion);

    •Identifying public safety and environmental concerns.


    What's Happening Now:

    Various City boards and stakeholders commented on the August 2016 draft of the Downtown Creeks Preservation, Restoration and Development Plan.  A Response-to-Comments table is now available to show how that draft will be revised to respond to these comments.  The comments are listed chronologically in the order they were received.  The following public meetings have been scheduled to review the Response-to-Comments table:

    • March 16, 4:30 pm, Downtown Street Improvement Master Plan Implementation Committee, Room 240, Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
    • April 3, 7:00 pm, Circulation Commission, Art & Science Discovery Center at Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
    • April 10, 7:00pm, Design Review Commission, Art & Science Discovery Center at Lafayette Library, 3491, Mt. Diablo Blvd.

    These meetings are subject to change so please check the City Calendar for updated information.  A Final Draft will be prepared in May for review by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Contact Steven Goetz at 925-525-5527 or, if you have questions on this information.

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