CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: October 10, 2000
Subject/Title: Approve Agreements for Professional Consultant
Services with Willdan and Public Affairs Management for planning
development and environmental review services.
Submitted by: Mitch Oshinsky, Community Development Director
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approve the attached Agreements for Professional Consultant Services.
The workload of large and small planning applications for development and environmental
review continues at a high level. Currently there are 25 large commercial and
residential projects being processed. Due to the mandates of State law, such
as the Subdivision Map Act and California Environmental Quality Act, the process
staff must follow in evaluating these projects is complex, involved and very
time consuming. While we endeavor to streamline as much as possible, only so
much can be done.
One of my planners has been taken off development review duties, also known
as “current planning,” so he can devote his time to the other large undertakings
we have; the General Plan Update, and Agricultural Enterprise Preservation.
This area of planning is known as “advance planning.” Other complex advance
planning projects loom down the road, such as a Downtown Specific Plan, Brentwood
Blvd. Specific Plan, and Northwest Area Specific Plan. These will also require
the services of at least one planner.
Due to the recruitment process, planning is not yet fully staffed. While this
will occur in the next few weeks, we have one planner who is leaving, and will
be replaced this month. This will result in us having to accommodate a learning
curve for the new planners, as they get up to speed. It normally takes about
a year to become fully acquainted with all the details of the local planning
In order to help us continue to move projects along during this time of transition,
it may be useful to have planning consultants available to take on one or two
projects at a time, and work with staff on processing them. There will also
be a learning curve for these consultants, but overall they should be able
to help, as both are well qualified and have helped other cities.
From a budgetary standpoint, the consultants will be paid from the application
fees paid by developers, so there will no impact on Community Development Department
budget expenditures. However, there will be some direct impact on revenues,
as these application fees which normally go into the Development Services Fund
as revenues, will now be channeled to the consultants. This diversion of revenues
however, needs to be compared to the larger costs of adding additional staff.