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The week ahead: July 25-29

By Jonathan Morales
Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 3:12 pm in Lafayette, Orinda.

calendar.jpgGovernment happenings this week:

Lafayette City Council: 7 p.m. tonight, Community Hall, Lafayette library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

  • Lots to discuss tonight. A pair of redevelopment items as the city has to resolve a cash flow issue and figure out whether to keep its redevelopment agency alive. Staff will recommend the city not loan the RDA $1 million (as described here) and hire a consultant to look at whether or not it is worth it to keep the agency running. The council will then get a second presentation from proponents of a roads tax and decide whether to put the measure on the ballot. Plaza Way property owners, businesses and would-be businesses (including Fentons) will ask the city for some relief from parking requirements. And council members will get an update on the proposed BMX bike park, which has received criticism from some residents at pretty much every council meeting over the last year, regardless of whether it is actually on the agenda. Staff reports and agenda here. Bring a snack.

Orinda Planning Commission: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Orinda Library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way

  • The Eden senior affordable housing project is the big-ticket item. Eden has revised its plans in response to feedback it got from the public last year, and this is now their formal application to the city. The project calls for 67 affordable units at 2 Irwin Way. It is going to be relatively tall (three stories plus a basement) so there should be plenty of folks opposed to it on that basis. Staff reports here.

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