Lafayette

Wireless policy, housing get second look

City leaders will resume on Nov. 13 a public hearing on a new policy that would regulate the location and appearance of cell phone towers and telecommunication infrastructure in the city.

The policy calls for reviews of installed wireless facilities and monitoring of radio frequency emissions, among other guidelines.

At a meeting in October, residents asked the council to include more provisions discouraging sites near homes. Wireless attorneys argued the ordinance was not ready for approval.

In January, leaders voted to adopt a 45-day moratorium on new permits after a review prompted by residents concerned about the proliferation of towers nears homes and schools. The city extended the moratorium to Jan. 23, 2013.

Officials will also continue considering a change in Lafayette's zoning ordinance to allow multifamily developments by right downtown in places where discretionary land use permits are currently required.

If approved, the amendment would allow the city to permit housing -- including affordable housing near mass transit -- in specific areas downtown.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center community hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

MORAGA


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Town to consider development near fire station

Planning commissioners will discuss on Monday an idea to place 50 townhomes on Moraga Way on a vacant lot owned by the Bruzzone family near a fire station.

In July, town leaders decided to vacate an offer of dedication for an 84-foot wide right of way between Moraga Way and Country Club Drive once planned as a road for a street and highway. Developers City Ventures are proposing homes at that site.

Although no applications have been formally submitted, the idea is already raising eyebrows among critics who say a future development would suffer impacts from the neighboring Moraga-Orinda Fire District station 41, including noise from its training facilities.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at La Sala in the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive.

State of the Town address to be held Nov. 15

The annual Moraga State of the Town address and volunteer recognition night will be held Nov. 15.

Mayor Mike Metcalf will talk about the town's achievements during the past year. He will also recognize volunteers who have completed their terms on the town's various committees, commissions and boards.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the new Moraga Country Club building, 1600 St. Andrews Drive.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Moraga Commons Park

The town will host a Veterans Day ceremony honoring all vets Nov. 11, at Moraga Commons Park.

Speakers will include retired Navy Capt. John Haftner, retired Navy Rear Adm. Vince Anzilotti and Mayor Mike Metcalf.

The event is being hosted by the town of Moraga and Moraga Boy Scout troops 212, 234 and 246. It begins at 11 a.m. and will be held rain or shine.

Lamorinda

City, town offices closed for Veterans Day

Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda city and town offices will be closed Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The offices will reopen Nov. 13.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards