Target: Mayor of Lafayette Don Tatzin and City Council Members
Goal: Don’t allow couple to build mansion on protected ridgeline
The Lafayette Ridgeline Ordinance was introduced in 2002 in order to protect the ridges and hills within the California city. Now, the ordinance is being threatened due to a plan, which was proposed by the Wight family, to build a 10,000-square-foot home in addition to a 7,000-square-foot hardscape that will be constructed on the ridge. If the plan goes through and the home is built, the property will be clearly visible from the public Briones Ridge trail and create a precedent for other homes to also be built on the Lafayette ridgeline. Currently, two more houses of equal and even greater size than the Wight family’s proposed home may be built on the same ridgeline.
The planning commission’s decision to reject the project was unfortunately overturned by the city council and the house plans have actually doubled in size since then. Currently, the home is being reviewed for approval by the city council. However, activists support the Wight family’s wishes to build a home in Lafayette, but are only asking that the Wights redesign their home to a more adequate size that complies with the Ridgeline Ordinance.
Please sign this petition to support and protect the Lafayette ridgeline and open space and to tell the Wight family to resize their housing plans.
Dear Mayor Don Tatzin,
The Lafayette Ridge and Briones are beautiful, rural areas prided by locals and tourists alike. Many locals want the natural, rural area to remain pristine. While the Wights have a right to move to Lafayette, they must adhere to the existing Ridgeline Ordinance and agree to resize their home in order to comply with the ordinance and to preserve the rural beauty of Lafayette. The Wights’ enormous house plan has remained relatively unchanged over the few years since they first proposed it, and over twenty meetings at the planning commission, design review commission, and the city council have taken place, but they must learn to compromise.
I am asking you and the city council to urge the Wight family to redesign their proposed home’s size. If their house is accepted to be built, Lafayette will lose its rural beauty and charm.
[Your Name Here]
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