Lafayette officials are eyeing changes to the city's municipal code to address the effects of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings and other multiple dwelling units.

On May 13, the city council will hear options ranging from a total smoking ban in existing and proposed multifamily projects to a phased-in program. The new rules will "address and mitigate the effects of secondhand smoke in multifamily buildings and other areas," according to a city notice.

The municipal code would be revised only after council approval. The changes could impact businesses, multifamily residential properties, residents and property owners.

The move follows state legislation introduced in February by Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael that would ban smoking in multifamily dwellings except in designated areas.

For more information, contact Eric Fu-Wah James at 925-299-3205 or Planningintern@lovelafayette.org or Niroop K. Srivatsa at 925-299-3206 or nsrivatsa@lovelafayette.org.

-- Jennifer Modenessi, Staff



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