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Lafayette council rejects Burton Valley remodel

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 11:35 am in Lafayette.

A divided Lafayette City Council on Monday rejected a Burton Valley couple’s proposal to add a second story to their home, saying despite being beautifully designed, the addition was too large and thus incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

The Planning Commission in December rejected the proposal, and homeowners Joe and Noelle Polichio as well as architect Ken Hertel subsequently appealed that decision to the council.

Mayor Carl Anduri, Vice Mayor Carol Federighi and Councilman Brandt Andersson voted to reject the appeal, effectively denying the application. Councilmen Don Tatzin and Mike Anderson voted against rejecting the appeal. Anderson said he supported the proposal as-is. Tatzin said he could potentially support it with additional revisions.

If you add up all public officials who voted on the proposal — Design Review Commission, Planning Commission and City Council — since September, you see how divided this issue has been: seven votes for, eight votes against, with one recusal (Hertel) and one absent.

Full story coming later. For some background, here’s my story from December.

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