In March 2011, the O’Brien Land Company (the “Developer”) submitted to the City of Lafayette an application for a project known as the Terraces of Lafayette (the “Project”). The application was for 315 moderate-income apartments on a 22-acre parcel located at the southwest corner of Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette. At the time, the parcel was zoned APO, for professional offices and multifamily residential units, with a density of up to 35 dwelling units per acre. The Project was deemed complete by the City in July 2011, and a final Environmental Impact Report was certified by the City Council in August 2013.
Hoping to address community concerns about the Project, the City, in December 2013, introduced an alternative project known as Homes at Deer Hill (“Project Alternative”). This alternative was thought to be more in keeping with Lafayette’s semi-rural character, would build 44 single-family homes, a community park with a multi-purpose athletic field, playground, a dog park and a parking lot. In 2014, the City and the Developer entered into a Project Alternative Process Agreement suspending the Terraces Project until the Homes at Deer Hill Project Alternative could be reviewed by the City. The agreement also held that if the Homes at Deer Hill project alternative application was denied for any reason, the Developer maintained the right to resume the original Terraces of Lafayette Project.
A Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Project Alternative was prepared and certified, and in September 2015, the Homes at Deer Hill Project Alternative was approved. The General Plan designation for the subject property was changes from Administrative Professional Office (APO) to Low Density Single Family Residential (SFR-LD) by City Council Resolution 2015-51. The Council also adopted Ordinance 641, which, in part, rezoned the property to Single Family Residential District (R-20) and to Planned Unit Development (P1).
A citizens group known as Save Lafayette sued the City in 2016. The lawsuit called for the City to either place a referendum concerning the Project on the ballot or rescind Ordinance 641, a 2015 rezoning of the parcel specifically for the Homes at Deer Hill. The court found in the City’s favor, but the Court of Appeals, in 2018, overturned the trial court ruling and the City placed a referendum, Measure L, on the June 5, 2018 ballot. Measure L asked residents to vote yes or no on the Homes at Deer Hill Project Alternative. Measure L failed and the approval of the Homes at Deer Hill was reversed.
On June 15, 2018, with the defeat of Measure L, the Developer formally asked the City to end the 2014 suspension and resume processing the original 2011 Terraces of Lafayette Project. Processing of the original 2011 application by the City of Lafayette is currently underway.
If you would like to receive notification of meetings on the Terraces of Lafayette project before any of the City’s hearing bodies, please visit the City's e-notification page and check off “Project – Terraces of Lafayette.” If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Planning Director Greg Wolff.