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Lafayette says 315-unit apartment complex application incomplete

By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:22 pm in Lafayette.

Lafayette has told the developers of a proposed 315-unit apartment complex at what is commonly known as the “Christmas tree lot” that their application is incomplete.

The proposal, called the Terraces of Lafayette, would scatter the apartment units throughout 14 buildings on a roughly 22-acre hillside property at Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road.

The city sent a letter yesterday to the developer saying it needs more information before it can process the application, including additional maps and revised site plans, a photo and visual analysis, and a traffic impact study.

You can read the letter here: Terraces Application Determination. You can learn more about the project and see the plans here.

UPDATE: Susan Stafford, a spokeswoman for Terraces of Lafayette, commented via email, “We are carefully reviewing the City’s letter and are working on a response.”

The “Christmas Tree Lot” is owned by the Dettmer family, and is among several parcels that have been the subject of city discussions for years. Last April, the City Council agreed to “downzone” the Dettmer property from its current zoning, administrative and professional offices, to “LR-5,” a low-density designation that would mean a maximum of four single family homes would be allowed on the site.

The planning department said they have not moved forward with that project because of staff contraints and work on other, higher priority projects. As a result, the council has not yet formally approved the downzoning.

Multi-family housing, up to 35 units per acre, is allowed with a permit in “APO” zones. Once the city determines the Terraces application is complete, the zoning in place at that time applies throughout the project’s approval process, even if the council subsequently changes it.

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