Saranap Address Change
.In 2019 County Supervisor Candace Andersen and the Department of Conservation and Development were asked by a group of residents living in your neighborhood to investigate the possibility of changing the place name of some addresses from Walnut Creek to Lafayette. This unincorporated portion of the County is currently considered Walnut Creek with a zip code of 94595. However this group of 465 parcels is within the Lafayette School District and the City of Lafayette Sphere of Influence. The proposal would change the mailing address to Lafayette with a zip code of 94549. While this would change the mailing address to Lafayette it will still be part of unincorporated Contra Costa County, not the city of Lafayette. The United States Postal Service denied this request for zip code change.
After the denial, a community group worked with Congressman DeSaulnier’s office to file an appeal. The USPS granted the appeal and implemented the change in January of 2021. The USPS made this change using a process called the “Preferred Last Line” and not via a change of Zip Code change. This essentially means that mail can now be delivered to your area when the mailing address shows the city as Lafayette, so long as the 94595 Zip Code is used. The County will host a meeting in October of 2021 to give an opportunity for discussion about the USPS change and the possibility of making a similar change to your parcel’s address on the property tax rolls.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to my address?
The USPS has changed your property’s identified city for mailing purposes from Walnut Creek to Lafayette. The County is considering the possibility of making a similar change to your parcel’s address on the property tax rolls to match the USPS change. The County is holding a Zoom meeting to gauge the community interest in making this change.
How would this address place name change affect you?
For all intents and purposes nothing will change except for the place name in your address as recognized by the County. Your addresses will still have the same street name, street number, and zip code but your place will be changed to Lafayette. You will still be considered unincorporated Contra Costa County and subject to the same Zoning Codes and other regulations you are currently. All of your public safety and utilities will remain the same as well.
What do I need to do as a resident if this change is approved?
The Department of Conservation and Development will inform all necessary agencies of the change (Police, Fire, AT&T, PG&E, Water, Sewer, USPS, Assessors Office, etc). As a resident of the affected area you will be responsible for updating all of your financial institutions (banks mortgage companies, etc.), utility billing departments, or any other entity that might have your address.
Why is the County doing this?
This request originally came from neighbors within the community. These individuals have indicated that your community feels more aligned with Lafayette due to your location and inclusion in the Lafayette School district. The group lobbied the USPS to change the place name in your mailing address to Lafayette. The County is gauging community support to do the same change in the property tax rolls.
When and where will the meeting be held?
The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday October 5th, 2021, at 7:00pm. A link to join the meeting will be provided here shortly.
What if I do or don’t agree with this address change?
Show up to the meeting and voice your support or concern. If you can’t attend the meeting please contact Todd Fitzsimmons at 925-655-7810 firstname.lastname@example.org or Supervisor Andersen’s Office at 925-957-8860, SupervisorAndersen@bos.cccounty.us to voice your comments or concerns by 10/5/21.
October 2021 Meeting
Virtual Zoom Meeting
October 5, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
September 2019 Meeting
Parkmead School Multi-Purpose Room
September 24, 2019
6:30 PM -8:00 PM
1920 Magnolia Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Link to Meeting Location