Downtown Creeks Preservation, Restoration & Development Plan

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    Preserve and Celebrate Our Downtown Creeks!



    Creeks in the downtown are an asset not enjoyed by many cities.  The City of Lafayette feels fortunate to have this asset and is working on a Downtown Creeks Plan that can entice more people to shop, dine and linger.   The City began work on the Downtown Creeks Plan in September to fulfill a recommendation from Lafayette’s Downtown Specific Plan which was adopted by the City Council in 2012.  A consultant team with expertise in landscape architecture, civil engineering and environmental restoration is developing the Plan under the guidance of the City Creeks Committee. 

    The objectives of the Plan include:

    •Identifying creek preservation and restoration opportunities;

    •Clarifying creek setback requirements for the downtown;

    •Preserving existing trees and riparian corridors;

    •Developing standards for how development should relate to adjacent creeks;

    •Producing strategies and methods for creek improvements and stewardship;

    •Developing opportunities for public access and pathways;

    •Preventing property damage by creek processes (flooding, erosion);

    •Identifying public safety and environmental concerns.


    What's Happening Now:

    A Final Draft of the Downtown Creeks Preservation, Restoration and Development Plan is available for review.  A June 12th joint study session by the Creeks Committee and the Design Review Commission resulted in two revisions to amendments to the Downtown Design Guidelines proposed by the Plan.  Those revisions can be see here

    The Final Draft of the Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on Monday, June 19th , 7:00 PM, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Community Hall. 

    Unless the Planning Commission continues the item at their meeting, the Downtown Creeks Plan will be reviewed by the City Council on Monday, June 26th, 7:00 PM, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Community Hall.

    You may review the agenda and staff report, posted the Wednesday before each meeting, by visiting the City Calendar on the City’s website and clicking on the meeting date.  The agenda includes an estimated start time and staff recommendation on each item.  Any last minute changes or cancellations will be posted here. 

    Contact Steven Goetz at, if you have questions on this information.

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