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Wight House Wrong for Lafayette?

Neighbors and ridgeland protectionists are carefully watching a plan for a 10,000 square foot home in Lafayette.

 

Steve and Linda Wight would like to build their new home on a 15-acre ridgeline site at the end of in Lafayette.

The couple's architect says their plans for a three-story, 10,388 square foot home were drawn with taste and concern for its ridgeline environs. The neighbors -- and the City of Lafayette -- aren't so sure.

The Lafayette City Council Monday continued a hearing on the Wight's appeal of the city Planning Commission's denial of their request for a hillside development permit to July 9, with neighbors carefully watching the outcome.

Peter Clark, director of the Happy Valley Improvement Association, cited several areas of concern the association has with the project, but ended a letter to the council by saying that, if approved, "... the project will set a precedent ending Lafayette's ridgeline protections."

The Wight's appeal has attracted considerable interest from neighbors and those in favor of keeping Lamorinda's ridgelands free of development, who are watching as it makes its way through the appeals process.

White Rabbit May 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Just came back from South Carolina. So beautiful. So much greenery, so much unspoiled land, and hidden homes invisible to all but those who live in them. The sadness of coming back to the Bay Area and seeing all the commercial buildings and all the ugly homes built on every possible piece of land was disheartening. If the people can't control themselves, then maybe some form of government regulation is desirable. Sure I dream of having a gorgeous home, but I also enjoy seeing nothing but grass and trees for miles and miles. Well, now I've depressed myself. Time to take a hike with the dog and check out the fancy houses on the hills around me.
Rosemary May 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
"If the people can't control themselves, then maybe some form of government regulation is desirable." Now, that's one of the scariest statements I've read in awhile. That idea run amok has been used as the justification to literally harm many, many people.
Bailey Lee May 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
That's not an original comment or feeling. I think it was prevalent during the 1910's in Armenia, 1940's in Europe, 1950's in the USSR, 1960's in China, 1970's in Cambodia, and in the 19th century in the United States. Worked rather well, in the short run.
Jose May 20, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Just came back from Lafayette massage parlor. So beautiful. So much shrubbery, not so much unspoiled, but with hidden beauty for those with the persistence to find it. The sadness of coming back to Hometown Withheld and seeing all the commercial buildings and all the ugly homes built on every possible piece of land and SO FEW massage parlors was disheartening. Maybe some form of government regulation is desirable. Sure I dream of having a gorgeous Stepford wife at an invitation-only Stanfurd faculty and billionaires soiree, but I also enjoy seeing nothing but a grass skirt on a woman I don't even know who is all smiles. Well, now I've depressed myself. Time to take a hike with the dog and check out the fancy ladies on the bike trail around me. Fido, you are on your own. (submitted, tongue in cheek) P.s. I don't find it hard to believe that SC is beautiful physically, but I seriously doubt that my kind is welcome there...
Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop June 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Building energy-gobbling atrocities is repugnant to the human spirit and a symptom/symbol of a sort of wrong-headedness that spells doom for the species; "Because I can" is narcissistic and pathological. Can these people be at more than one place at the same time? I'm sure that they think they can.

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