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Tri-City Council meeting recap

By Jonathan Morales
Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 6:19 pm in Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Roads.

Not a whole lot of news out of Thursday night’s Tri-City Council meeting. The meetings are held annually and primarily serve as a venue for the three councils to discuss and provide updates on issues of common interest.

The councils first received a presentation on Senate Bill 375, which calls for the creation of “Sustainable Communities Strategies,” land use and transportation plans designed to help regions meet new environmental standards by reducing the amount of greenhouses gas emissions from cars and trucks. The SCS will guide much of the Bay Area’s growth over the next 25 years.

Representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the Association of Bay Area Governments told the councils about SB375 and the process for creating an SCS. You can learn more about the that process at OneBayArea.org.

The three councils also discussed road/infrastructure repair as well as community development and downtowns. Some highlights:

  • Lafayette Mayor Carl Anduri said if his city seeks a parcel tax for roads, it will likely be on the November ballot. No polling would be done beforehand, and the tax would be under $100 and for a maximum of 10 years, he said.
  • Orinda City Councilman Dean Orr suggested the three cities could save money by bundling their infrastructure projects together, offering contractors a larger job and possibly an incentive to lower costs.
  • Lafayette City Manager Steven Falk hopes the Downtown Specific Plan will return to the council this summer.
  • In an effort to stave of another Dollar Tree-style battle, Moraga will develop a retail ordinance to better outline which types of shops and restaurants residents do and do not want.
  • Foodies: Moraga’s Mediterranean restaurant should open in less than a month, and Whole Foods will open in Lafayette this summer.

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