The owners of a Lafayette hillside who want to build a 315-unit apartment building there are appealing the project's environmental review.

Pleasant Hill attorney David Bowie is challenging the Lafayette planning commission's March 4 certification of the final environmental impact review of the Terraces of Lafayette on behalf of his clients, property owner Anna Marie Dettmer and the O'Brien Land Company. Dettmer and the developers propose building the complex on a portion of a 22-acre lot at the intersection of Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road near Acalanes High School.

In the appeal, Dettmer's attorney argues that 13 "significant unavoidable impacts" attributed to the development, construction and future operation of the Terraces are not as significant as claimed in the EIR. He also claims that facts set forth in the environmental review determining the project's compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act are "inaccurate."

Bowie asks that city leaders consider the merits of the project and its conformity with the city's general plan and existing zoning.

A public hearing on the appeal will be held at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center community hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Comments can also be submitted to senior planner Greg Wolff at GWolff@ci.lafayette.ca.us; mailed to the city or faxed to 925-284-3169.

The council will not consider the merits of the project at the meeting, according to a hearing notice.

-- Jennifer Modenessi, staff