Posted on: July 8, 2016

Senior crafters looking for yarn donations

Whatever group of Seniors

The Lafayette Senior Center hosts several crafter groups that are running low on yarn supplies.

These groups, which include the Whatever's, Lap Robe group, and Crafters for Charity, create a variety of items they donate to a variety of local entities...Read on...

cityoflafayette.com/Seniors
Posted on: August 5, 2016

Volunteers needed for Art Night Out!

Art Night Out is staffed with volunteers from the community. Most volunteers will be posted at the entry gates to the beer and wine garden, a great job to be able to visit with people and be part of the action! Other volunteers, who have completed trainin...Read on...

Sign up to Volunteer...
Posted on: May 18, 2016

Apply for a position on the Senior Advisory Board

Applications are now being accepted for an opening on the Lafayette Senior Advisory Board (SAB). You are not required to be a senior to apply. The position will remain open until filled.

To learn more about SAB and download an application, please vi...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: May 11, 2016

Waste Reduction Advisory Committee Openings

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The City of Lafayette Waste Reduction Advisory Committee (WRAC) is looking for Lafayette residents to serve on the Board of Directors. These are Council-appointed positions for four-year terms. The Council is looking for dedicated residents who have a pa...Read on...

Application available here.

Posted on: August 27, 2016

Recreation Center evacuation on August 27 a false alarm

A suspicious package left outside the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon prompted an evacuation of the facility. The package did not contain any hazardous contents and patrons were allowed to return to the center.

The Recreation C...Read on...

BBRC website...
Posted on: August 26, 2016

What's fast, new, and available now?

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As part of an ongoing commitment to expand digital literacy and access to new technology, the Lafayette Library's public computers have been replaced with faster Windows 10 PCs and upgraded software, along with widescreen monitors.

To better support al...Read on...

MORE... Library Computers, WiFi & Equipment
Posted on: August 29, 2016

City facility closures/schedules for Labor Day, September 5

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, please be aware of the following City facility closures and schedules for Monday, September 5, 2016.

OPEN Facilities
*LaMont Does Outdoor Pool*Lap swim: 11am-12pm
Open Swim: 12-4pmDog Days Event: 4-6pm
*In...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Chelsea Behanna appointed to Lafayette City Council

Councilor Chelsea Behanna

Congratulations to newly appointed Lafayette City Councilor, Chelsea Behanna. Ms. Behanna was one of 17 residents who applied to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Tom Dowling. Recorded candidate interviews and City Council’s discussion of the sel...Read on...

cityoflafayette.com/CityCouncil
Posted on: August 17, 2016

Consider these tips to help reduce water consumption

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Water conservation is good for the environment and your wallet. Consider implementing some of the following tips to reduce your water consumption.

View Water Conservation TIps...
Posted on: August 29, 2016

Lafayette to join Flatirons Library Consortium in September

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Starting in September, the Lafayette Public Library will join the Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and Louisville libraries as a member of the Flatirons Library Consortium.

The library will be closed September 26 and 27, as we migrate our library catalog...Read on...

Learn more
Posted on: August 10, 2016

Do you have questions about your summer water bill?

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We are receiving calls from Lafayette residents concerned about water bill errors. While water bills are accurate, higher charges for water customers this summer can be attributed to dry summer months, and a water rate increase that went into effect in A...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 8, 2016

Apply for an Arts in Community Grant

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The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the annual Arts in Community Grant cycle. These grants are available to local individuals and organizations for the 13th consecutive year.

The LCAC awards money, usuall...Read on...

More GRANTS IN COMMUNITY information...
Posted on: August 3, 2016

Art Night Out season is in full swing - the next event is September 16

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Lafayette is proud to highlight award winning, Colorado musicians and Lafayette-based craft beer as part of the Art Night Out annual summer art series. The event is held every 3rd Friday May-September.

Lafayette’s focus on art, original music, local pr...Read on...

cityoflafayette.com/ANO
Posted on: August 7, 2016

See & Respond - Call for artists and poets!

Call for Artists and Poets! The Lafayette Cultural Resources announces a Call for Artists and Poets for the 2016 See & Respond Art Show.

Poets and 2-D artists of all kinds and all ages are invited to See & Respond to the 2016 Lafayette Colo...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 2, 2016

New bike lanes and sharrows on W. Emma and Harrison

W. Emma bike lanes

As part of the City’s Walk and Wheel Program, the following street treatments were installed last week;

*Bike Lanes Installed on West Emma*
Parking along the south side of W. Emma (between Longmont and Caria) was removed to allow for the installation ...Read on...

View bike and sharrow treatment photos...
Posted on: July 20, 2016

The Lafayette Connection is now available online

2016 Summer Connection

The Lafayette Connection newsletter encourages residents to “Be a Part of It” – engaged and informed about COMMUNITY LIFE, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, and SUSTAINABLE LIVING in Lafayette.

The Connection is published three times a year and mailed in residenti...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2016

Comcast 2016 franchise renewal notice

Comcast

The City of Lafayette is preparing to negotiate the renewal of the franchise agreement with Comcast. City officials can negotiate specific issues in the agreement including programming categories; public access, education and government channels; customer...Read on...

ADDITIONAL Information...
Posted on: June 20, 2016

Mosquito season has begun - stay informed

mosquito

The 2016 mosquito season on the Front Range has begun and the City of Lafayette would like to keep its residents informed.

With that, we have created a new section on the City's website dedicated to mosquitoes and West Nile Virus (WNV). Learn more a...Read on...

City of Lafayette - Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Lafayette’s Public Art Committee Seeks Applicants

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The Lafayette Public Art Committee (PAC) is seeking enthusiastic applicants to fill two seats as alternate members. The deadline to apply is October 7, 2016.
The Public Art Committee is a City Council appointed group, which is a subcommittee of the Lafa...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 4, 2016

Arts in Community Grants Available

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The Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the annual Arts in the Community-Grant cycle. The grants are available to local individuals and organizations for the 13th year in a row. The LCAC awards money, usually ...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 21, 2016

See & Respond Call for Artists and Poets!

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Call for Artists and Poets! The Lafayette Cultural Resources announces a Call for Artists and Poets for the 2016 See & Respond Art Show.

Poets and 2-D artists of all kinds and all ages are invited to See & Respond to the 2016 Lafayette Colo...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 22, 2016

2016 Art Night Out Survey

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Help us make Art Night Out even better!
Fill out our a very brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtNightOut2016/You could win $25 worth of Lafayette Chamber Bucks

¡Ayúdanos a mejorar el evento “Art Night Out”! Danos sus opiniones por m...Read on...

Take the survey

Posted on: March 10, 2016

LESAC Board Applications Open

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Applications are being accepted for two openings on the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee (LESAC).

Submit your letter of interest, application, and resume to the Recreation, Senior Services, Facility and Energy Management Director.
...Read on...

Learn More About LESAC
Posted on: November 18, 2015

Lafayette Green Business program recognizes 41 local business owners

LESAC

The Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee (LESAC) launched its fifth annual Green Business Recognition Program to distinguish businesses taking steps towards sustainability and provide a recognition opportunity. A record 41 Lafayette applica...Read on...

MORE...cityoflafayette.com/GoGreen

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Colorado FIREfighter Testing Consortium announces Test Dates

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Fifteen fire departments in the Denver, Colorado metro area have joined together in a consortium to test applicants in order to establish eligibility lists for the positions of Firefighter and Paramedic. The application deadline for tests in October is S...Read on...

Additional Info...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

What's Fast, New, & Available Now?

As part of our ongoing commitment to expand digital literacy and access to new technology, the Library's public computers have been replaced with faster Windows 10 PCs and upgraded software, along with widescreen monitors.

To better support all members...Read on...

Posted on: July 28, 2016

We need your book donations!

Books

The Friends of the Library are gearing up for their Book Lovers Sale in September and need books, DVDs, and audio books in good condition. Proceeds from the book sale help fund library programs and events.

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 28, 2016

Homework Center opens Monday, August 29 at 2:45 pm

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The Homework Center will reopen on Monday, August 29. Volunteer tutors offer free tutoring in a variety of subjects for students from 3rd grade through high school. Bilingual tutors are available.

Additional Info...
Posted on: June 27, 2016

Lafayette to join Flatirons Library Consortium in September

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The library will be closed September 26 and 27, as we migrate our library catalog to the new system. Our book drops will be OPEN, and no items will be due during the closure. The library will re-open September 28 with expanded access to the Flatirons Libr...Read on...

Learn more
Posted on: July 6, 2016

Crossing Borders: Immigration Stories in Art at the Library

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Crossing Borders, a group exhibition, explores the immigration experience from a variety of viewpoints and art mediums. Each piece tells a unique story about either the artist’s experience of immigrating to a new place, or the immigration story of the art...Read more »

Learn more about One Action
Posted on: June 29, 2016

On The Same Page 2016: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

The communities of Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior join to present the sixth annual On The Same Page community-wide reading program.

The program asks "What would happen if everyone read the same book at the same time?"

This year’s title is All t...Read on...

More Info and Events List
Posted on: July 20, 2016

Hackerspace Updates

Hackerspace is a free tech workshop series that gets folks of all ages excited about using technology to create cool things.

Whether kids are just beginning, or teens have some experience, our workshops offer a variety of software and hardware topics....Read on...

Hackerspace info
Posted on: June 29, 2016

CO Play & Learn Literacy App

CO Play and Learn app

CO Play & Learn offers parents and caregivers easy access to early literacy learning for kids from babies to preschoolers.

The app offers quick learning tips and activities in both English and Spanish, accompanied by colorful graphics. Help your y...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

Colorado State Park Passes Now Available!

Colorado State Pass Backpack.

Lafayette Public Library now has 2 Colorado State Parks day passes that may be checked out with a Lafayette library card! Passes check out for 7 days. They can not be renewed. You can place them on hold. The late fee is $5/per day.

For more information...Read on...

Reserve a Pass in the Catalog
Posted on: August 18, 2016

Library and Book Drops CLOSED on Sunday, Sept. 4 & Monday, Sept. 5

The Library will be closed for Labor Day on Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5, and will reopen Tuesday at 10 am.The book drops will be LOCKED from Saturday at 5 pm until Tuesday at 8:30 am. No items are due while the Library and book drops are c...Read on...


Posted on: August 4, 2016

Teen Volunteers for Homework Center

Are you a junior or senior in high school? Do you excel in math? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will help you earn service hours? Are you interested in mentoring younger students so they can achieve the same success you have experienced?...Read on...

Volunteer Application
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Teens: Sign up now to be a Big Buddy for Reading Buddies!

Reading Buddies are 7th-12th grade mentors who meet once a week to read and play literacy games one-on-one with a younger child. Teens receive training and ongoing guidance.

Reading Buddies are cheerleaders and coaches who share their love of reading w...Read on...

Learn More & Apply
Posted on: August 13, 2016

Computer Coaches

We have computer coach openings in our weekly schedule. Assist customers in the Library's computer lab, answering one-on-one questions on our public computers, or using their personal laptops and mobile devices.

Volunteer Application

Posted on: July 31, 2016

Reading Buddies Playdates in August & September

Gear up for school with fun literacy games and no commitment! Students in grades K-5 play reading, vocabulary, and storytelling games with our trained teen volunteers (the Big Buddies). Playdates will occur every Tuesday in August, and on September 6, 13,...Read on...

View dates; click events to register

Posted on: August 4, 2016

Teens: Volunteer in the Homework Center!

Volunteer

Are you a junior or senior in high school? Do you excel in math? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will help you earn service hours? Are you interested in mentoring younger students so they can achieve the same success you have experienced?...Read on...

Volunteer Application
Posted on: July 26, 2016

Annual Book Lover's Sale, Saturday September 24, 10-4

Donate your books

EVERYBODY loves a good book! Find your favorites at the annual book sale, presented by Friends of the Lafayette Public Library. Browse thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs in a wide selection of genres! All proceeds benefit library programming.
Please donat...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2016

On The Same Page 2016: All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

The communities of Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior join to present the sixth annual On The Same Page community-wide reading program.

The program asks "What would happen if everyone read the same book at the same time?"

This year’s title is All t...Read on...

More Info and Events List
Posted on: June 20, 2016

Colorado State Park Passes Available - Go to any state park for free!

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Lafayette Public Library now has 2 Colorado State Parks day passes that may be checked out with a Lafayette library card! Passes check out for 7 days. They can not be renewed. You can place them on hold. The late fee is $5/per day.

For more information...Read on...

Reserve a Pass in the Catalog
Posted on: June 29, 2016

CO Play & Learn Literacy App

CO Play and Learn

CO Play & Learn offers parents and caregivers easy access to early literacy learning for kids from babies to preschoolers.

The app offers quick learning tips and activities in both English and Spanish, accompanied by colorful graphics. Help your y...Read on...


Posted on: July 28, 2016

Different Voices features "The Resilience Project: Teen Art in Response to Immigration"

The Resilience Project presents photographs by Boulder County youth inspired by resilience themes of immigration, energy, environment, and empowerment. Participating schools include Arapahoe Ridge, Boulder, Centaurus, Fairview, and Monarch High Schools an...Read on...

More info . . .
Posted on: August 24, 2016

The Resilience Project Art Exhibit Opening Reception September 17, 2:30-4:30

Resilience project

Meet the teen artists from The Resilience Project, photographs by Boulder County youth inspired by resilience themes of immigration, energy, environment, and empowerment.

Jozer, an award winning, Denver based spoken word poet and actor, performs at 3 p...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 19, 2016

Different Voices: Bringing the History of Lafayette's Latinos to Life - September 8 at 7 pm

Latinos of Boulder County, Colorado

Bringing the History of Lafayette’s Latinos to Life
Presented by Lafayette Historical Society and Lafayette Public LibraryThe lives and contributions of Latinos in Boulder County are rarely visible in standard history books and school classrooms. Bould...Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2016

Different Voices: "Do You Know Who I Am?" September 29, 6:30 pm

Do You Know Who I Am

Learn about the reality behind the rhetoric of immigration, and hear about the real lives at stake in the immigration debate!

The “Do You Know Who I Am?” film explores the obstacles faced by undocumented youth, inspiring youth in similar situations no...Read on...

Additional Info about "Do You Know Who I Am?
Posted on: July 19, 2016

Be Part of the Conversation: Speaking Out Loud in Different Voices October 13, 6-7:30 pm

Be Part of the Conversation is an open round table conversation bringing the community together to discuss issues surrounding immigration in our local community as well as nationally and internationally. Short poems, articles, and book excerpts will be pr...Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2016

Different Voices Community Read: The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez is about a boy and girl who fall in love, and whose families' hopes collide with destiny. Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over C...Read on...

Check out the book!
Posted on: July 19, 2016

Community Book Group: Book of Unknown Americans Wednesday December 7, 6 – 7:30pm

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez is about a boy and girl who fall in love, and whose families' hopes collide with destiny. Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over C...Read on...

Read the book and join the conversation

Posted on: June 20, 2016

Mosquito Season Has Begun - Stay Informed

The 2016 mosquito season on the Front Range has begun and the City of Lafayette would like to keep its residents informed.

With that, we have created a new section on the City's website dedicated to mosquitoes and West Nile Virus (WNV). Learn more a...Read on...

City of Lafayette - Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Posted on: August 29, 2016

News Media Case Report Summary 08/22/16.

This is a brief summary of events that occurred from 08/22/16 to 08/28/16.

View Summary.
Posted on: August 24, 2016

News Media Case Report Summary 08/15/16.

This is a brief summary of events that occurred from 08/15/16 to 08/21/16.

View Summary.
Posted on: August 19, 2016

Getting to Know Lafayette Police

LPEP Video

Lafayette Police Department partnered with the Lafayette Peer Empowerment Project! Students of this youth leadership program interviewed officers and produced a video to get to know us better and share their project with the community. We will be partic...Read on...

LPEP Getting to Know Lafayette Police Video
Posted on: August 15, 2016

News Media Case Report Summary 08/08/16.

This is a brief summary of events that occurred from 08/08/16 to 08/14/16.

View Summary.

Posted on: June 27, 2016

2016 Water Quality Report (CCR) available online

Printed versions can be picked up at City Hall at the Public Works counter

Additional Info...
Posted on: June 7, 2016

What are the Permanent Water Conservation Guidelines?

Now that Spring is here and everyone is getting their lawns, gardens and sprinkler systems ready, the City would like to remind everyone of the permanent water conservation ordinance guidelines.

Lafayette City Council enacted a permanent water conser...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: March 15, 2016

Water Rate Increases start April 2016

Water rates will increase by 5% through 2021.

Additional Info...
Posted on: May 11, 2016

Waste Reduction Advisory Committee Openings

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The City of Lafayette Waste Reduction Advisory Committee (WRAC) is looking for Lafayette residents to serve on the Board of Directors. These are Council-appointed positions for four-year terms. The Council is looking for dedicated residents who have a pa...Read on...

Application available here.
Posted on: July 1, 2016

Hot temperatures may impact area water taste

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With a prolonged string of temperatures at or surpassing 90 degrees this summer, the water temperature in the reservoirs has raised to the point where an algae bloom has occurred. As algae die off, these small plants release natural compounds that give th...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

Ultra High-Efficiency Toilets: Save Water & Money

Save water and money with every flush – get a high-efficiency toilet upgrade!

Additional Info...

Posted on: August 27, 2016

Recreation Center evacuation on August 27 a false alarm

A suspicious package left outside the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon prompted an evacuation of the facility. The package did not contain any hazardous contents and patrons were allowed to return to the center.

The Recreation C...Read on...

BBRC website...
Posted on: August 29, 2016

The BBRC will be closed on Labor Day, September 5

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, please be aware of the following City facility closures and schedules for Monday, September 5, 2016.

OPEN Facilities
*LaMont Does Outdoor Pool*Lap swim: 11am-12pm
Open Swim: 12-4pmDog Days Event: 4-6pm
*In...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Stand up paddleboard yoga event

SUP yoga

Come try a Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga class on the waters of Waneka Lake. Classes will be held on September 11 at 7, 8 and 9:00am.

These classes are for all levels, taught by a fully-qualified instructor, and cover the basics of maneuvering on a boa...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 19, 2016

Barre Classes coming to Bob's September 13th!

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This workout will shape and elongate your muscles using low weights and a combination of high-intensity sequences of thigh, seat and core exercises at the barre as well as on the floor. Each class is designed for you to feel invigorated, challenged, and i...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2016

Need a new challenge? Try a Cycling Class!

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Too hot to ride outdoors? Don't have a lot of time? An indoor cycling class is perfect for you! Come try a class in our dedicated cycling studio. It's a effective workout for all health and fitness goals, from weight loss to sport-specific training. Drop-...Read on...

Additional Info...

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Art Show For Grown Ups

Register and drop off artwork starting September 19-September 30 at Lafayette Senior Services, 103 S. Iowa Ave. Artwork must be dropped off by September 30 and picked up no later than 3pm on October 14. Artwork must be wired and ready to hang; labeled o...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 7, 2016

Senior Crafters Requesting Yarn Donations

The Lafayette Senior Center hosts several crafter groups and they are running low on yarn. These groups, which include the Whatever's, Lap Robe group and Crafters for Charity, create a variety of items that they donate to a variety of local entities. La...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

Senior Advisory Board Applications Open

Applications are being accepted for an opening on the Lafayette Senior Advisory Board (SAB).

Submit your letter of interest, application, and resume to the Recreation, Senior Services, Facility and Energy Management Director.

The positions will be o...Read on...

Additional Info...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Lafayette ranked 6th safest Colorado city

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When deciding where to live, safety is a top priority. ValuePenguin analyzed the most recent FBI Crime Report to determine the safety of cities in Colorado and separated these cities into three population categories: small (3,000-8,000) midsize (8,000-20,...Read on...

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Posted on: September 15, 2015

Lafayette named a Top 100 Place to Live

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Lafayette has earned a ranking of 44 out of the top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S., according to Livability.com. Livability explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live and developed the list, in collaboration with renowned ...Read on...

READ MORE AT: livability.com/co/lafayette
Posted on: November 6, 2015

Lafayette lands 3rd in Colorado, 48th in the nation for best small city

Best Small City

Out of 1,268 small cities ranked as best places to live, Lafayette earned the 3rd position in Colorado and 48th nationwide.

The 2015 WalletHub study assigned the small cities scores across 22 metrics including housing costs, cost-of-living, affordabili...Read on...

READ the full study...
Posted on: August 18, 2016

Are you following the City of Lafayette on social media?

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Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for NextDoor. The City uses various social media platforms to connect and keep in touch with you.

cityoflafayette.com/CONNECT
Posted on: June 23, 2016

Only service animals are allowed at city-sponsored events

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Hot pavement, crowds, and other dogs can impact pet safety and well-being at public events. Effective with the passing of Resolution 2016-44 in June 2016, the City is requiring event attendees to leave pets at home to provide a safer and more positive ex...Read on...

cityoflafayette.com/NoPetsPlease
Posted on: June 28, 2016

2016 Lafayette water quality report now available online

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Printed versions can be picked up at City Hall at the Public Works counter.

View the water quality report....
Posted on: August 11, 2016

Lafayette named #9 in the top 15 Safest Colorado Cities

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Lafayette has been named #9 in the Top 15 Safest Cities in Colorado. Ranked cities include those with populations over 8,000 who reported crime statistics to the FBI.

A safe community is a desirable one. Communities in which residents feel protected ...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: September 23, 2015

Lafayette Commons earns Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence

Lafayette Commons

Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing Colorado's downtown districts, has recognized the Lafayette Commons project with its Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence in the category of Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehab...Read on...

Read more...
Posted on: February 18, 2016

Unsure how to navigate the City's development process?

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Understanding the process for new development projects can be confusing. Follow the link below to learn more about the steps involved, what quasi-judicial proceedings are, and how to provide input. This web page will also reference current projects that h...Read on...

cityoflafayette.com/DEVELOPMENT