What did Sausalito do?

On December 15 2016, the city denied a homeowner from building a second unit on his lot. They denied it due to alleged non-compliance with "Objective LU-1.0-Protect and Maintain the Character of Residential Neighborhoods." in the city's general plan.

The homeowner appealed and was subsequently denied by city council on September 11, 2017.

Negotiations fell through.

So we filed a lawsuit on November 2, 2017.

Filings and Letters

Date Filed Type Description Link Party
November 2, 2017 Petition Petition for Writ of Administrative Mandamus. Google Drive Sonja Trauss, SFBARF


1946: Property purchased by Tony Lagiss. Because the property is at the intersection of 2 large roads, it was zoned for (relatively) high density: 35 units/ acre. source

1950: County makes an attempt to downzone the property, Mr. Lagiss objects and prevails stating he has a “reasonable investment backed expectation” of being able to build 35 units/ acre there.

1968: Lafayette incorporates “for the preservation and enhancement of the semi-rural character of the community.” source

2002: City of Lafayette studies downzoning the property.

2006 (approx): Tony Lagiss dies, his daughter Ann Maria inherits the property.

2010: City of Lafayette City Council votes in favor of downzoning to 5 units/ acre, but the downzoning was not finalized.

2011: Ann Maria Lagiss (AMD Family Trust) and O’Brian Land Company submit an application to build 315 apartments ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms, costing an average of $2000/ mo. (This project is 15 units/ acre).

2013: City of Lafayette rejects the 315 unit proposal at design review (and a 280 unit alternative) and proposes O’Brian build 44 single family homes.

2015: City of Lafayette is in the midst of trying to build a mere 44 homes, where 315 could have been, at 3233 Deer Hill Road… but not if we have anything to say about it!