Lafayette Affordable Housing Project Faces Hurdles

Last summer the City of Lafayette announced an agreement to build 500 affordable for rent and for sale units on a vacant parcel at the corner of Emma and 120th Streets. But now it appears the so-called East Lafayette project will take longer to get through the development review process and will include fewer homes because of Lafayette’s zoning regulations and open space requirements. In addition, residents are voicing opposition to the project. Some complain the City’s public outreach process has been vague, while others say they don’t want anything built on the property in question although they “recognize the need for affordable housing.”

The City says a three-phase public engagement process is planned for the site. Consultants hired by the City will hold open house meetings and use public input to create site plans for the project, which should be drafted by the end of the year.

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