Downtown Creeks Preservation, Restoration & Development Plan



    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:

    The City of Lafayette Creeks Committee recently completed a series of presentations on the draft Downtown Creeks Plan to various City commissions and committees whose responsibilities are affected by the Plan’s recommendations.  The comments received from these reviews are described in a staff report prepared for a joint workshop of the City Council and Planning Commission scheduled as follows:

    Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:30 PM

    Community Hall

    Lafayette Library & Learning Center

    3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard

    The Creeks Committee will receive direction from the City Council and Planning Commission that can be incorporated into a final draft that can be considered for adoption early next year.   Contact Steven Goetz at 925-525-5527 or if you have questions on this information. 

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