During the weekend of April 6, Lafayette city staff observed prairie dogs on the eastern portion of the City Center construction site, located at Public Rd. and So. Boulder Rd. The City Administrator authorized a stop work order for the entire site, intended to allow the developer an opportunity to re-assess the current situation and provide a modified action plan to meet the City’s expectations.
The City Center developer has followed Lafayette’s Prairie Dog Management Policy and documented eight occasions where mitigation was performed at the site. They have demonstrated good faith to continue additional mitigation actions until the issue is resolved. As a result, the stop work order has been removed on the western side of the construction site. The stop work order will remain in place on the eastern side of the site until staff is satisfied the developer has successfully implemented a modified plan, and a zoning violation ticket will be issued to the development company for the infraction.
The City of Lafayette currently has a moratorium in place through October 2019 on the removal, relocation, and utilization of lethal control measures for black-tailed prairie dogs located on property within the city. While developments, such as the City Center project, approved prior to the passing of this moratorium are exempt, this developer has agreed to continue following the City’s current Prairie Dog Management Policy. The newly appointed Prairie Dog Advisory Working Group (PDAWG) will be working on proposals to City Council during the moratorium regarding wildlife protection approaches and recommendations for specific management practices for prairie dog/human land use conflicts. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org .