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REQUEST FOR COUNCIL
January 25, 2000 ______15_________
AGENDA ITEM APPROVAL
Comments on Brentwoods
Preliminary Regional Housing
Direct staff to prepare a letter for the Mayors
signature, to propose a revision to the proposed ABAG regional housing
needs determination for the City decreasing the number of housing units
allocated to the City and changing the affordability distribution of
the allocated units.
State law requires the State Department of Housing
and Community Development (HCD) to determine a regional share of
statewide housing need in consultation with ABAG. The City is
required to include the latest regional housing need numbers within
the Housing Element of our General Plan. In the past ABAG projections for Brentwood were prepared with
little direct input from the City and little firsthand information about
local development trends or the status of projects in the Citys
development approval pipeline. Last year I initiated discussions with
ABAG to provide them a better understanding of development trends
in Brentwood. City planning
staff met for many hours with ABAG staff on several occasions and discussed
the status of all active development projects and
recent development trends. We jointly prepared an agreed upon
build-out estimates based on accepted planning methodology and firsthand
information from local developers about their specific projects. Unfortunately,
the finalized ABAG projections do not reflect this agreement.
Attached is an October 11, 1999 letter we mailed about
needed modifications to the preliminary projection information.
ABAG has determined
a total Brentwood housing needs allocation of
6,100 dwelling units for the 1999-2006 period
813 dwelling units per
year (see attachment). This
is fourth highest city housing need allocation in the Bay Area region.
The only cities with higher annual preliminary allocations are: San
Jose (3,327), San Francisco (1,920), and Fremont (882).
Historically, Brentwood has only built this number of annual
units on two occasions in 1997 and 1999 during exceptionally favorable
economic times. The affordability distribution of the preliminary seven-year
allocation includes approximately 2,000 low and very low income housing
units which is also the fourth highest total in the Bay Area. During
the ten-year period from 1988 to 1998 the City added approximately
800 low and very low income housing units to our housing stock.
The ABAG housing needs determination methodology did not factor
in past affordable housing production, existing employment opportunities,
available public facilities (e.g. BART stations), commuting patterns,
and existing housing affordability within each local housing market.
we agreed with ABAG on for the 19952010 period was 7,790 dwelling
units or 519 dwelling units per year. Consequently, we think ABAG has allocated Brentwood 36 percent more
housing units than is reasonably foreseeable.
In addition, City staff urged ABAG to take into consideration
past housing development performance when determining a Citys
future housing needs allocation and allocate more affordable housing
to communities with the largest employment base in order to improve
regional jobs housing balance and give commuters more housing choices
closer to their jobs.
State law allows the City to propose revisions to ABAGs
preliminary regional housing need allocation. The deadline for submittal
of the allocation is February 29, 2000. Staff seeks Council authorization
to submit a housing allocation revision request to ABAG in order to
provide a more accurate and legally appropriate regional housing need.
October 11, 1999 Letter
ABAG Regional Housing Needs Determination
City of Brentwood City Council
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513
Fax (925) 516-5441