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THE LAFAYETTE HOMEOWNERS COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS GENERAL PUBLIC MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, AT 7:00 PM AT THE LAFAYETTE COMMUNITY CENTER, LOCATED AT 500 ST. MARYS RD., LAFAYETTE, CA. THIS MEETING WILL INCLUDE PRESENTATIONS BY CANDIDATES FOR CITY OFFICE, SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES, AND A QUESTION/ANSWER SESSION WHEREIN RESIDENTS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS CAN GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL BOND MEASURES AND/OR TAX MEASURES COMING ON TO THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.
Homes at Deer Hill
Update: August, 2016: This project is still moving through the approval process.
This project was originally offered per application to the city as a 315 apartment complex development, located on a 22 acre parcel of property on Deer Hill Rd., down to Pleasant Hill Rd. (across from Acalanes High School). With public outcry about the density of housing and inherent traffic issues for this area, a revision was made to the application, changing it to a development consisting of 44-45 single family homes, and including a dog park, sports field and parking. This project carries controversy regarding traffic impacts, primarily, and environmental concerns. The project is still in the application review process, and is now (6-23-15) before the City Council in various phases of review.
This is a mixed use development for 66 units at 3666, 3672 and 3682 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (currently the Celia's Restaurant site). This application has been approved and development of the site has begun.
Downtown Congestion Study
There has been significant complaint from residents about severe traffic congestion in the downtown. A Task Force/Subcommittee has been formed as a result of the City obtaining grant money from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Contra Costa Transit District to study solutions to the problems. The consultant firm ARUP is working with the subcommittee. Any ideas for solutions can be directed to Tony Coe (email@example.com). The meetings of this subcommittee are open to the public; please check the City website for information on how to be informed by e-mail when these meetings occur.
2016 Roundabout being constructed at the intersection of Olympic Blvd. and Pleasant Hill Rd. Construction began in July, and is expected to take several months to complete. Residents and others are requested to find alternative routes other than Reliez Station Rd. during this time.
In June, 2016, a bond measure was approved that was promoted by the Lafayette School District, which allows for $70 million dollars to be spent on infrastructure improvements to all elementary and middle schools within the District. Plans have been in process for over two years, working with architects and project managers to coordinate improvements ranging from new heating and air conditioning systems, to new bathrooms, plumbing, electrical wiring, data cabling and preparation for higher technology needs, new classrooms, rearrangements of layouts for current needs, earthquake retrofitting, and many other needed updates, since most if the schools are over 50 years old. Over the years, the District has done a good job being stewards of budgets that have been in decline, thanks to mandates by the state. The Lafayette community values its schools and supports their needs, which in turn service our children and help to sustain property values.
Town Center III
This project has been on the books for years - and is finally under construction. It is a large apartment project that is being built on the old parking lot behind Pet Express/Pizza Antiqua shopping /dining areas.
Update: August, 2016: It has been determined that Station 16 will be rebuilt and put back into service in the very near future.
On December 11, 2012, the Contra Costa Supervisors, acting as the governance board and Directors of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) voted to close Lafayette Fire Station 16 on Los Arabis Drive. Station 16 closed in January, 2013, and had been in service to our community since 1958. This station was in disrepair and would have needed to be replaced in its entirety. The closure leaves Lafayette with two fire stations. Western Lafayette now receives fire and medical emergency assistance from Station 43 on Charles Hill Rd., in Orinda, or Station 15, near Ace Hardware at the eastern end of Lafayette. The response time to Western Lafayette is now considered substandard. In February, 2013, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) started moving forward with a plan to build a new fire station to be operated jointly with the Contra Costa Fire District (ConFire) on the Lafayette-Orinda border. The partnership would equally share the cost of building and staffing a new facility that would replaceConFire Station 16 in Lafayette and MOFD Station 43 in Orinda, at a location on El Nido Ranch Road, which would be named Station 46. MOFD subsequently purchased the site for the new Station 46.
Note: Lafayette taxpayers paid their fair share for the three stations that were open. The average cost to run a station, district-wide, is about $2.1 to $2.3 million. Lafayette taxpayers, meanwhile, contributed $7.8 million to the District in FY 11-12. This being the case, the closure of Station 16 leads to a transfer of millions of dollars out of Lafayette and raises basic questions of fairness and equity. At a May 16, 2013, Special Meeting of the Lafayette City Council, the Council decided to investigate and study this situation. The City Council directed its Public Safety Committee (Council Members Brandt Andersson and Traci Reilly) and charged City Manager Steve Falk to find out what could be done. An Emergency Services Task Force was formed and has continued to meet. As of June, 2015, there still has not been an agreement reached between ConFire and MOFD regarding a plan on a new fire station to be operated jointly with the Contra Costa Fire District on the Lafayette-Orinda border; Station 46. Lastly, the Contra Costa County's contract with American Medical Response (AMR) for emergency medical and medical transport is expiring. At this time, ConFire and AMR have decided to submit a joint bid for this contract. It is not known at this time how the new contract will change the delivery of emergency medical services or the cost to the recipient.
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