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REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION 

February 22, 2000

 

 

DATE

 

ITEM NUMBER

 

 

 

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT

AGENDA ITEM

 

CITY MANAGER'S REVIEW

Engineering
J. Stevenson/L. Filson

Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard Roadway Improvements

 

PREVIOUS ACTIONS:

  On April 27, 1999, by Resolution No. 99-113, the City Council directed staff to work with representatives of the City of Livermore in researching, applying for and securing funding for safety improvements to Vasco Road.

  On May 11, 1999, the City Council Authorize the City Manager to sign a contract with TJKM for the engineering studies (including traffic studies) necessary to establish a City of Brentwood Vasco Road Fee.

   RECOMMENDED COUNCIL ACTION:

  Pass a Resolution adopting the Vasco Road Project Study Report dated July 23, 1999 and the TJKM Vasco Road Fee Study dated February 9, 2000, directing Staff to incorporate the Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard Infrastructure Improvements into the Roadway Master Plan and the Buildout Analysis of the Roadway Development Fee.

     COMMENTS:

  The City Council is very aware that the impacts of development do not stop at a jurisdictional boundary.  Traffic from development in Antioch impacts Brentwood and visa versa.  Traffic from Contra Costa County development impacts Alameda County and visa versa.  Recognizing this, the City Council requested that staff evaluate the need for mitigation measures on development in Brentwood and other Contra Costa and Alameda County communities for impacts on Vasco Road.

  The first task was to identify the improvements needed and determine the costs for these improvements.   Alameda County, with the financial support and cooperation from Contra Costa County, the Cities of Livermore, Brentwood and Antioch, and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, prepared a Project Study Report (PSR) to determine the safety improvements required to bring the Alameda County section up to the same standards as the Contra Costa County section.  The cost of these improvements was estimated at $30 million.  A copy of the PSR document is attached.

  In addition to the safety improvements in Alameda County, City staff, in conjunction with Contra Costa County staff, prepared cost estimates for signal and roadway improvements at the Vasco

Road/Camino Diablo Road intersection and the Walnut Boulevard/Marsh Creek Road intersection and for the construction of paved shoulders along Walnut Boulevard.  The total for t hese improvements was approximately $1.2 million, which brings the total improvements being addressed in this report to $31.2 million.

The next task was to prepare a traffic study to determine a nexus between future development and these improvements.  The traffic study concluded that new residential growth in East County between now and 2015 would account for 32.35% of the traffic on Vasco Road and should, therefore, be responsible for 32.35% of the cost of improvements.  The study looked at how much of the traffic using Vasco Road comes from each of the East County Communities (only 2.2% of the Vasco Road traffic originates from outside East County) to determine an appropriate fee for each new household in each community.  The City of Brentwood is estimated to contribute 35.9% (a share of $3,623,459) of that new growth which equates to $491 per household as the appropriate fee.  The following table shows the projected fee for each community:

Brentwood                                    $491

Antioch                                    $187

Oakley                                                $269

Pittsburg/Baypoint                        $ 13

Unincorporated Contra           

                           Costa County               $684

It is staff’s recommendation that the cost of the Vasco Road improvements attributed to residential growth in Brentwood, approximately $491 per unit, be incorporated into the buildout scenario of the Brentwood Developer Fee Program.  This will assure that funding for our share of the improvements will ultimately be available.  This can be accomplished without raising the current 5-year Capital Improvement Program Roadway Fees.

The original Brentwood Developer Fee Program determined the total cost of infrastructure improvements needed for the buildout of the City and divided it by the amount of growth anticipated.  Although this methodology provides the funding for the entire infrastructure, it unfortunately guarantees that the infrastructure will lag behind the growth.  The current Brentwood Developer Fee Program (adopted by Council Resolution 99-178 on July 27, 1999) used an alternate methodology to determine the roadway fee.  The program determines the roadways that will need to be constructed in the next five years and divides the cost of these projects by the amount of development anticipated in the next five years.  This change allows for the infrastructure improvements to be constructed in a more timely manner with priorities being set by Council direction. 

Staff proposes to add the cost of the Vasco Road improvements attributed to growth in Brentwood to the list of roadway infrastructure improvements required at build out.  This would have no effect on the current roadway fee because it targets primarily the roadway projects needed over the next five years.  The Five-Year Capital Improvement Program and the Brentwood Developer Fee Program are annually reviewed and updated.  At the time that the Council determines that the Vasco Road improvements are a higher priority than other projects, staff will review the cash flow and fee requirements with the Council to assist them in their decision.  Adding the cost of the Vasco Road improvements attributed to growth in Brentwood to the Brentwood Developer Fee Program as part of the roadway improvements required at buildout at this time will assure the Council that the funding for our in-city roadway projects and our portion of the Vasco Road project will ultimately be available.  It also provides an example to our neighboring communities that we are shouldering our fair share of the financial responsibility.

Adding the cost of the Vasco Road improvements attributed to growth in Brentwood to the Developer Fee Program is just one part of the puzzle.  The traffic study was written to meet the nexus requirements for all of the East County communities to implement a development fee for improvements to Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard.  Encouraging Antioch, Oakley, and the County (for areas in far East County) to implement a fee appropriate for their communities as shown above is also required to accomplish full funding for new development’s portion of improvements on Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard.  Even if all of the communities implement this fee, it will only pay for 32.35% of the improvements.  Another part of the puzzle is to encourage Livermore and other Alameda County communities that are the destination locations for these AM peak hour commuter trips to determine appropriate mitigation measures for their commercial development that contributes to the impacts on Vasco Road.

Finally, we must continue to look for alternate funding sources for the remainder of the costs of the improvements.  The Council is well aware, through our discussions on development fees, that State law requires a nexus between the impacts imposed by development and the fees that may be collected from that development.  In this case, new development only contributes 32.35% of the costs.  That leaves 67.65% to be paid by the existing population of the contributing communities.  That is a daunting amount that will require substantial assistance from outside sources such as the State or Federal Government.  In other words, this is only the beginning.

Staff’s recommendation is that the Council take the first step required to solve this problem by passing the attached Resolution, which adopts the Project Study Report and the TJKM Vasco Road Fee Study and directs staff to incorporate the Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard Infrastructure Improvements in the Roadway Master Plan and the Buildout Analysis for the Roadway Development Fee.

Attachments:

            Resolution No.

            TJKM Vasco Road Fee Study

Alameda County Project Study Report

Site Map

Resolution No.

  PASS A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE VASCO ROAD PROJECT STUDY REPORT DATED JULY 23, 1999 AND THE TJKM VASCO ROAD FEE STUDY DATED FEBRUARY 9, 2000, DIRECTING STAFF TO INCORPORATE THE VASCO ROAD AND WALNUT BOULEVARD INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS INTO THE ROADWAY MASTER PLAN AND THE BUILDOUT ANALYSIS OF THE ROADWAY DEVELOPMENT FEE

             WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood has a long history in requiring new development to shoulder their fair share of traffic and roadway improvement projects and recently, through Resolution No. 99-179 on July 27, 1999, adopted a revised Roadway Development Fee Program to account for a five year need for traffic and roadway improvements; and

WHEREAS, development in Brentwood and other Contra Costa County and Alameda County communities is creating impacts on Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard; and

WHEREAS, Alameda County, with the financial support and cooperation from Contra Costa County, the Cities of Livermore, Brentwood, Antioch, and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, prepared a Project Study Report (PSR) dated July 23, 1999 to determine improvements on the Alameda County section up to the same standards as the Contra Costa County section.  The cost of these improvements was estimated at $30 million; and

WHEREAS, additional improvement at the Vasco Road/Camino Diablo Road intersection and Walnut Boulevard/Marsh Creek Road intersection and shoulder improvements along Walnut Boulevard are estimated at $1.2 million; and

WHEREAS, the total of all of these improvements is approximately $31.2 million; and

WHEREAS, a nexus traffic study has determined that new residential growth between year 2000 and 2015 (the projected buildout of the City per the 1999 General Plan) would account for 32.35% of the traffic on Vasco Road, and an estimated 35.9% of that new residential growth is attributed to growth in Brentwood; and

WHEREAS, present value construction cost estimates were made for the portion of the cost of improvements attributed to new development in the City of Brentwood.

WHEREAS, the TJKM Vasco Road Fee Study dated February 9, 2000 clearly and fairly calculates the nexus and rough proportionality between governmental interests in reducing Vasco Road congestion, the impact imposed on Vasco Road by new residential development and the proposed fee to be placed on that development.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood adopts the Project Study Report dated July 23, 1999 and the TJKM Vasco Road Fee Study dated February 9, 2000.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood will add $3,623,459 in year 2000 dollars to the build out projections in the next update of the Development Fee Program with timing for the improvements to be determined by the City Council.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood encourages the Cities of Antioch and Oakley, and Contra Costa County (with regards to development in far East County) to adopt the Project Study Report and the TJKM Vasco Road Fee Study and work towards forming a joint powers authority which would propose development fees based on the Vasco Road Fee Study.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood encourages Livermore and other Alameda County communities that are the destination locations for Vasco Road AM peak hour commuter trips to determine appropriate mitigation measures for their development that contributes to the impacts on Vasco Road.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood directs staff to seek additional funding sources for improvements on Vasco Road and Walnut Boulevard 

PASSED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood, at its regular meeting of February 22, 2000, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

                                                                                    APPROVED:

                                                                                    _________________________________     

                                                                                    Quintin L. Kidd

                                                                                    Mayor

ATTEST:

____________________________________

Karen Diaz, CMC

City Clerk

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