CITY OF BRENTWOOD
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
November 9, 2005
A special meeting of the City Council of the City of Brentwood was called to
order at 7:00 p.m., at Summerset II, 193 Summerset Drive, Brentwood, CA
94513, with Vice Mayor Gutierrez presiding.
Present: Council Members Beckstrand, Brockman, Gutierrez, Taylor
Absent: Mayor Swisher
PUBLIC COMMENTS (7:01 p.m.)
General discussion of issues of concern to residents of Summersets I, II,
III, and IV. No action was taken on the following public comments:
Phil Hockstrasser, Summerset II, asked about the policy of the Brentwood
Police Department with regard to making police rounds in the Summerset area.
Police Chief, Michael Davies, explained the policy of the Brentwood Police
Mark Underwood, Summerset IV, spoke about the lack of soundwalls around the
Summerset IV community. He said that Summersets II and III would have
soundwalls and Summerset IV was denied the soundwalls because of being
greater than 540 feet. The data in the Final Supplemental EIR supported his
stance of deserving some type of sound mitigation. He submitted a signed
petition from Summerset IV residents asking for sound mitigation.
City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, explained that Segment III of the Highway 4
Bypass, from Balfour Road to Concord, was scheduled for major construction
starting by summer, 2006. In Phase II of the Bypass, there would be a
mitigation of sound attenuation by a 14-foot wall starting 700 feet south of
Balfour Road; a 6 – 7-foot high masonry wall in the middle area since the
homes were 10 to 15-feet higher than the Bypass and a 14-foot high wall
heading 200 – 300-feet south or east of Fairview Avenue. Slopes in the area
would be hydro-seeded and the distance from homes to the new wall would be
approximately 70 to 100-feet wide. He spoke about the EIR and FSEIR studies
regarding noise levels. If there were homes within 100 feet of the
centerline of the Bypass, the document suggested a 10 – 12-foot high wall
and homes 200-feet away, the normal wall would be enough to mitigate noise
from the Bypass. Any residential construction of 540-feet or more from the
centerline of the Bypass, the suggested buffer would be enough and there
would not be any mitigation needed because the off-set would be enough to
mitigate the noise level. The Bypass Authority had done a study and was
looking into landscaping. Proposed lighting would be placed at the on/off
ramp areas at the future interchange.
Council Member Beckstrand said that Council would not be taking any action
at this meeting and would need to hold a discussion on the topic, wherein an
action could be taken. Caltrans would eventually be adopting the Bypass to
make it a state highway. Council would forward concerns to the Bypass
Authority and make sure every consideration was given.
Council Members and Directors introduced themselves and spoke about their
departments and services provided by each department.
Ken Harris, Summerset Orchards, asked what would be done about the
realignment of Concord Avenue, with Segment III of the Bypass. He also spoke
about Fairway number nine.
City Engineer Grewal noted that the realignment of Concord Avenue was
planned at Summerset II and III and would be a two-lane road and not an
arterial road and once Segment III of the Bypass opened, it would become a
Joe Gunderman, Summerset II, said he was a golfer and felt lots of balls
would be going into on-coming traffic and he asked about liability.
Glen Duke, Summerset II, asked if the freeway, when developed, would come in
on Summerset Drive. He asked about the criteria that Council/Planning
Commission used to determine commercial development and if the residential
development would handle it. He also asked about the establishment of
Director of Community Development, Howard Sword, responded to Mr. Duke,
noting that as part of the approval process, there would be an environmental
impact report and traffic study conducted as far as access, and mitigations
would be identified at that time for any condition.
Council Member Brockman commented that this had been planned approximately
15-20 years ago and would go to the Planning Commission when the time
arrived. It was hypothetical now and staff had high standards and people
were notified of a project. He asked residents to rely on staff and to come
forward and make comments and suggestions.
Vice Mayor Gutierrez said that the City would mitigate accordingly and she
could not say at this time what would be done.
Jean Dean, Summerset II, said she had been informed by the Bypass Authority
that the wall would be 49-feet away from residences.
City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, explained that he had received current
information form the Bypass Authority and that residents were welcome to
contact his office or the Bypass Authority.
Council Member Beckstrand explained that Mr. Dennis, Bypass Authority, had
given the information he had at that time to the Summerset residents before
engineers had finalized designs. Things may have adjusted since then. City
Engineer Grewal had the final, official documents that the project would be
awarded on and built from, barring no surprises. The Bypass Authority had
information and provided the information to the City.
Vince Aliotte said he was the manager of the golf course and it would be
gone in 2007.
Director of Community Development, Howard Sword, said that the facilities
were leased by one private property ownership to another private property
ownership and it was a matter between two private properties. There was no
condition on the property which contained the putting green in the driving
range; it was a temporary use permit. The City had no condition requiring
that the use continue. The property where the executive course, driving
range and putting green was located was general planned as commercial office
and zoned for commercial use and there was a development agreement that had
been in place since the early 1990’s that locked in the rights.
Wilbur Sun, Summerset II, expressed his concern about commercial in the area
and asked where the entrance to Summerset would be.
Director Sword said that issues would be addressed when a project
application was received.
Vice Mayor Gutierrez noted that staff could not give definite answers on
developments that were not yet in front of the City.
In response to Rick, Summerset II, Director Sword stated that Balfour Road
to the gate of Summerset is a public road and from the gate in the community
was a private road and traffic impacts would be analyzed when an application
came to Community Development. The property owners had not brought in an
application and could sell the property. New owners could bring forth an
Council Member Brockman informed it had been zoned for commercial until an
application came in to Community Development. The zoning had been in place
and it would not change and would remain commercial unless an application
was received. He encouraged residents to attend Planning Commission and City
Council meetings and express concerns.
Gail Hutchinson, Summerset II, asked how long the trees would be down on
Fairview and if anyone had received a notice.
City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, said the northeast corner of Balfour Road and
Fairview Avenue had gone in front of the Planning Commission for the
Fairview Avenue Widening. There were plans and a public hearing and people
were notified on that public hearing for the project.
Greg spoke about the Concord widening due to the development of the
Vineyards and he asked if that should have been addressed at the Planning
City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, stated that this had come to the Planning
Commission in 1999 for the alignment/realignment of Concord Avenue and the
golf course was part of that project.
Gwen Bell, Summerset II, said that the first 11 palm trees on the right side
were doomed to come down with the new commercial spot and she asked how the
trees would be saved.
Director of Parks and Recreation, Craig Bronzan, said he was not aware of
any plans to take the palm trees down. If a development had taken place, the
developer must replace trees with “like-size” trees. Some trees could be
transplanted and some replaced with a tree the same size or ten trees
equaling the same amount of size.
Linda Riley, Summerset III, said she had worked for the City of Livermore
and understood the process that those within 300 feet of a project would be
notified of that project. She volunteered to be a representative from
Summerset in the process. She expressed concern that when people traveled,
they shut off garbage service because it was not needed, yet water bills
Director of Public Works, Paul Zolfarelli, explained that water rates were
based on use and his department would be glad to come out and check the
meter if they contacted his office.
Neal Hickey asked about access to the new commercial area and asked if the
entrance/egress could be on Balfour Road and not on Summerset Road.
City Engineering, Bailey Grewal, explained that on Balfour there would be an
on/off ramp for the Bypass at 700 feet and it would be determined when the
development came, depending on the traffic study and there may be a right
in/out driveway off of Balfour or into the commercial.
Council Member Beckstrand informed that the City had a set of standards for
how close and intersection could be and Caltrans had an additional standard
for anywhere near a freeway interchange as to how close an intersection
would be allowed. There may not be room for an additional lighted, left turn
access intersection between the on/off ramp and Summerset Drive.
Council Member Taylor said he wished to have two meetings per year at
City Manager, Donna Landeros, spoke about the truck rollovers that had
happened on the Brentwood Boulevard Curve, particularly after the last
rollover. Caltrans was considering the implementation of the following items
proposed by the Engineering Department, which were sign meters to show speed
and channel truck traffic into one lane only and over a rumble strip. She
reminded everyone that the highway belonged to Caltrans.
Director of Parks and Recreation, Craig Bronzan, spoke about water and
Director of Public Works, Paul Zolfarelli, explained the work that had been
done to ensure that there was a sufficient amount of water for current and
Council Member Brockman referred residents to the City website to view
Director of Finance and Information Systems, Pam Ehler, noted that the
Council had been aggressive in planning for the City’s future and she
referred to the ten-year fiscal model, the CIP program and a reserve program
of 30 percent.
There being no further business the special meeting was adjourned at 8:33
Cynthia Garcia, CMC
Assistant City Clerk