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Post Date:06/15/2018 2:50 PM


June 15, 2018 | What’s Doing in Lafayette?


Deer Hill Update: Urgency Zoning Ordinance Passed by City Council, Letter Received Reactivating the Terraces Apartment Project

Concerning the property at 3233 Deer Hill Road, at a special meeting on June 13, 2018, the Lafayette City Council passed an Urgency Zoning Ordinance enacting a 45-day moratorium on any uses that are inconsistent with the Low Density Single Family Residential General Plan Land Use designation for the property, pending its rezoning. You can read Ordinance No. 664 here.

In another development regarding the property at Deer Hill, the City today received a letter from O’Brien Land Company reactivating the 315-unit Terraces Apartment Project. You can read the O’Brien letter here. The City Council has been advised by the City Attorney as follows:

Attached please find a letter from O’Brien, which the City received today, that withdraws the Homes at Deer Hill Project and requests the City to immediately resume processing the Apartment Project pursuant to the Process Agreement.  Now that we have received this request from O’Brien, City Staff will immediately resume processing the Apartment Project as provided for in the Process Agreement. 


Lennar Homes

Grading operations began last week on the Lennar Homes Project located at 3666, 3672 and 3682 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.  The Project, on what old-timers will remember as the site of the Cape Cod House restaurant, is a three-story, mixed-use development with 66 for-sale condominiums of which 10 units are affordable to very low to moderate income households. There will be 5,400 square feet of commercial uses, including a full-service restaurant and 171 on-site parking spaces.

The Project was reviewed by the Downtown Street Improvement Master Plan Implementation Committee, Circulation Commission, Design Review Commission, Planning Commission and Public Art Committee as part of the City’s application process. We have already gotten calls about purchasing homes at Lennar. Of course, the City doesn’t handle home sales, but if you’re interested in learning more about these homes, you can contact Lennar via their Website here. Here's what the completed project is expected to look like:


Mayor’s Tour of Town Center III

It only took 21 years of fits, starts, design charrettes, lawsuits, settlement agreements, new owners, and public hearings, but Town Center III, behind Pizza Antica, finally is open and tenants are moving in. In fact, at last check, there was only one apartment that is not spoken for. Recently, Mayor Don Tatzin, City staffers and KB Home representatives took a tour of the four-story, 69-unit condominium project which includes seven below market rate units. We think it turned out beautifully, from the park-like setting to the climbing rock and wonderful public art. Take your own tour by visiting our photo gallery here.


Yep, That’s Our Very Own “ACE” and Family on the Cover – And On the Screen

City of Lafayette Parks, Trails & Recreation Director, Jonathan “ACE” Katayanagi, and his family were recently featured on the cover of the Regional Parks Foundation’s Compass Magazine.  The summer issue of Compass features an article that tells the tale of his 6-year-old daughter taking on the East Bay Regional Park District’s Trail Challenge by hiking five trails and fifteen miles in one day. To read the article click here.  The incredible feat also got the family featured in an episode of Open Road with Doug McConnell.  The segment that presents the long and successful legacy of the Regional Park Foundation will air Sunday at 6:30 pm on NBC Bay Area, or can be found online here.


The Regional Parks Foundation helps support Lafayette resources such as Briones Regional Park and the Lafayette-Moraga Trail. Many City of Lafayette neighborhood trails are connected to these regional resources.   


Community Center’s After School Awesome is Ready To Go For Fall 2018!


This school year, Lafayette Recreation is introducing After School Awesome for Kindergarten to 5th Grade. This After School Care Program will feature games, crafts, homework time, free play, and other various activities. After School Awesome follows the school calendar and is open from school dismissal until as late as 6:00 pm. With a safe, supervised, place for students to hang out after school and endless awesome fun, you won’t want to miss out on joining us this school year! For more information, or to apply for Fall 2018, go here.  


Meet James Hinkamp, Transportation Planner


James Hinkamp is Lafayette’s Transportation Planner. An Orinda native and Miramonte High School grad, James went on to complete undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University in L.A. and graduate studies at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He has since served as a transportation planning professional for multiple jurisdictions in Southern, Central and Northern California. He embraces the opportunity to help plan and implement safe, efficient and effective transportation solutions for the City of Lafayette. He is an avid runner and cyclist and enjoys exploring California’s vast and varied landscapes. You may occasionally find him out and about observing traffic around town – if you do, feel free to stop and say “Hi!” Oh, and more fun fact about James: He’s also a big Sudoku fan.


Participating in Government: Supervisor Candace Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for County Boards

Supervisor Candace Andersen is looking for interested, motivated residents to serve on a few Contra Costa County citizen advisory boards. These volunteer boards usually meet monthly and advise the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues. They play a vital role in county government, and the input provided is invaluable. Applications are currently being accepted from residents of District 2, which includes Alamo, Canyon, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Parkmead, Rossmoor, San Ramon, Saranap and Walnut Creek (West of N. Main Street). There are open seats on the following boards:
  • Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board
  • Library Commission
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Contra Costa Sustainability Commission

For more information about each board go here, and to apply online, click here. For more information, contact Jill Ray, Field Representative, Supervisor Candace Andersen, Contra Costa County, District 2, at tel. 925-957-8860 or by email at


And Get Involved With Your City Too!

Are you interested in joining the City of Lafayette’s Environmental Task Force? The ETF is seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals with expertise or interest in environmental fields. The ETF is working on programs identified in the recently adopted Environmental Action Plan. The ETF meets generally meets on the second Thursday of each month. If you are interested in applying for the position please fill out this application. For more information, please contact Emily Carroll, Staff Liason at


Want To Get Married in the Evening? You’re in Luck, the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office Will Be Open Late on Thursday Nights

It’s summertime in Contra Costa County. That means two things: warmer temperatures and the return of the County Clerk-Recorder Extended Summer Hours Program. Every Thursday, beginning July 5 through August 30, the Clerk-Recorder’s office, located at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez, will be open from 8:00 am until 7:30 pm, a welcome three-hour extension to the usual closing time. Summer is an important time to obtain birth certificates for school, sports and those seeking documents for traveling. It is also a popular season for weddings. Services provided during the extended hours include the issuance of marriage licenses and civil wedding ceremonies, copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates, copies of recorded documents, fictitious business name and other professional filings.  Marriage ceremonies will be available by appointment and walk-in ceremonies will be accommodated, if possible.  For more information on document costs or to make an appointment, visit the Clerk-Recorder website here.


This Monday’s Public Meetings

Monday is public meeting night in Lafayette. Most of the City’s open meetings are held on Mondays at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, California 94549. This Monday’s public meetings are:

  • The Planning Commission, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Community Hall. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
  • The Circulation Commission, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Arts & Science Discovery Center. You can find the meeting agenda and staff reports here.
  • Creeks Committee, beginning at 7:00 pm, City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Suite 265. You can find the meeting agenda here.


Lafayette Listens Topic of the Week

There are several key topics open on Lafayette Listens, the City’s online forum for civic engagement. This week, we’d like to again focus on concerns residents might have about PG&E.  As many folks know, the City Council recently decided to convene a special meeting on September 10, 2018, at 7:00 pm, where residents can voice concerns to PG&E and receive answers. The meeting will take place at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. To this end, the City will compile a comprehensive list of resident concerns about utility operations and safety. We will forward these concerns to the utility and the CPUC, not later than August 1. Our expectation is that the utility will prepare cogent and substantive responses to the resident concerns and present those to the public on September 10. Please register your comments on this topic no later than June 30, 2018, at Lafayette Listens here.


Photo of the Week


Lafayette’s Banners: Vice Mayor Cameron Burk’s daughter took this spectacular photo (look at that blue sky!) as they were driving down Mt Diablo Blvd. Cam reports that his daughter was quite excited, especially when he told her about the Banner Advisory Committee’s work selecting the colorful banners for our streets. The Vice Mayor offers his thanks to the Banner Advisory Committee: “Your work and these banners really add so much special character to the City— they are fantastic.” Find out more about the Banner Advisory Committee here. If your child takes an awesome photo of Lafayette, please send it to our Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, for possible publication in the Weekly Roundup. His email address is


Poem of the Week (Thanks to Therese Kain, Engineering Assistant)

The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 3:07 am this Thursday, June 21. Where will you be?

Summer Stars

Bend low again, night of summer stars. 

So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.

-Carl Sandburg


This weekly summary is prepared by City Manager Steven Falk for the Lafayette City Council, staff, and the Lafayette community.  Do you have thoughts about this week’s Summary or a contribution for next week’s message?  Forward it to him now! Do you have opinions about Lafayette?  Share them at Lafayette Listens!  You can subscribe to The Roundup here.


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