LAFAYETTE -- Officials have agreed to move forward with new rules aimed at curbing secondhand smoke in the city.
The city council will meet Nov. 12 to formally adopt new guidelines that expand existing smoking laws outlined in Lafayette's municipal code. Officials decided to go ahead with the proposed changes Monday following an update from city staff and feedback from residents.
Once they're officially adopted, the new rules will ban smoking at outdoor public areas and events, and in outdoor dining areas. They will also prohibit smoking in all units in new multifamily developments, and all units in existing multifamily dwellings leased or rented 90 days after the guidelines are approved. At Monday's meeting, planning director Niroop Srivatsa clarified that smoking would be allowed in designated areas within multifamily dwellings, but not balconies, patios, porches or outdoor fenced areas. She also said the new rules would not apply to electronic cigarettes.
Council members also addressed concerns from residents that the new rules prohibiting smoking in multifamily dwellings would not apply to longtime tenants.
"For those of us who have said 'let's just ban it immediately,' I think you do wind up essentially forcing some people from their homes and that's not a step I'm prepared to take," said Vice Mayor Don Tatzin.