LAFAYETTE -- Picking up where they left off nearly a month ago, officials will meet this week to consider approving a contentious plan they say will guide land use and design in the heart of the city.

Council members will continue on Monday with a public hearing on the Downtown Lafayette Specific Plan, which staffers argue will help the city retain its small-town feel while protecting its beloved hills and ridgelines and allowing for housing near transit.

They will also be considering certification of the plan's final environmental impact report and amendments to the city's general plan.

Opponents have come out in force at previous meetings to express their concerns about possible increased building heights and other issues. They have also questioned the city's position that the benefits of the plan will outweigh certain unavoidable impacts, including traffic congestion and pollution outlined in the environmental report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.