'Terraces' issue not accurately depicted
I write in response to the Times' Dec. 10 article "City Pitches Alternate Terraces Of Lafayette Proposal." Unfortunately, the article fails to accurately portray the history and status of this issue.
The article states that the Terraces project has been "fiercely debated" and that the development has been "challenged by some residents." With all respect, neither statement is accurate. The only "debate" has involved the developer presenting its plan for the Terraces 315-apartment project and threatening to sue Lafayette if the project is not approved. Lafayette residents have repeatedly turned out in massive and near-unanimous opposition.
The project has been vehemently opposed by every homeowners association that has spoken on the subject, and very close to 100 percent of the residents who have either written or spoken. The application has been rejected by both the Circulation and Design Review Commissions.
The article also failed to report that the city was strongly criticized for failing to complete timely rezoning of the property to an LR5 designation, which the City Council endorsed more than a year prior to completion of the Terraces application. The city manager and staff failed to protect the community with timely action that would have resulted in a dramatically lower density on the property than the current "alternative" proposal. That rezoning was also overwhelmingly demanded by Lafayette residents. Lafayette is now faced with the alternative of 44 to 45 homes only because of that inexcusable failure. That history is an indispensable part of any story about this property.
Lafayette residents have a right to know how badly Lafayette officials have handled this situation. The current proposal should properly be seen as an effort to cover their failure. This is only the latest example of city official actions that are destroying Lafayette's cherished small town character.