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REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AGENDA ITEM NO. 05

Meeting Date: January 22, 2002

Subject/Title: Accepting the Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas, Authorizing Agency Staff to File Information with Appropriate Taxing Agencies and Officials, and Directing the Amendments to the Official Redevelopment Plans be Prepared

Submitted by: Gina Rozenski, Redevelopment Analyst

Approved by: John Stevenson, Executive Director


RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution accepting the Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas, authorizing Agency staff to file information with appropriate taxing agencies and officials, and directing the amendments to the official Redevelopment Plans for the Projects be prepared. 

PREVIOUS ACTION
On June 26, 2001, the City Council of the City of Brentwood approved and adopted Resolution No. 2322 adding additional area to the North Brentwood Redevelopment Survey Area.

On October 2, 2001, the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood approved and adopted Resolution No. 01-76 amending the boundaries of the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area, approving Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects, and submitting the Amendments to the Preliminary Plans to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Brentwood for its acceptance and preparation of an amendment to the official Redevelopment Plans for the Projects.

On October 23, 2001, the Redevelopment Agency continued this item pending a written opinion from the Fair Political Practice Commission regarding conflict of interest issues.

BACKGROUND
In order to move forward with the process of amending the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans to (1) include additional area (the “Added Area”) within the boundaries of the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project, and (2) revise the time limits contained in both Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans for incurring indebtedness and exercising the power of eminent domain, the Planning Commission submits the attached Amendments to the Preliminary Plans to the Redevelopment Agency for its acceptance, and for the preparation of amendments to the official Redevelopment Plans.

The Amendments to the Preliminary Plans outlines the boundaries of the existing and proposed Project Areas, and includes general statements with regard to land uses, proposed layout of principal streets, proposed population densities, proposed building intensities and building standards, as required by the State Community Redevelopment Law. The Amendments to the Preliminary Plans also states that the purposes of the California Community Redevelopment Law would be attained by the proposed redevelopment in the Added Area and that the proposed land uses for the Added Area are consistent with the City of Brentwood’s General Plan. There is also a brief statement with regard to the general impact of the proposed activities in the Added Area upon the residents and the surrounding neighborhoods. 

In addition to the Agency accepting the Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas, Section 33328.3 of the Health and Safety Code requires that the Agency authorize the Executive Director to file the information provided by the Planning Commission with appropriate taxing officials, taxing agencies and the State Board of Equalization. 

FISCAL IMPACT
Engineering and legal services for the proposed expansion and amendments to the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans were approved by the City Council in May 2001 for the amounts of $105,000 and $65,000, respectively.

Attachments:
Resolution RA ___
Amendments to the Preliminary Plans with Map

RESOLUTION NO. RA-___


A RESOLUTION OF THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR THE BRENTWOOD AND NORTH BRENTWOOD PROJECT AREAS, AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO FILE INFORMATION WITH APPROPRIATE TAXING AGENCIES AND OFFICIALS, AND DIRECTING THE AMENDMENTS TO THE OFFICIAL REDEVELOPMENT PLANS TO BE PREPARED


WHEREAS, by Resolution 01-76 adopted on October 2, 2001, the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood amended the boundaries of the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project, and approved the Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects; and

WHEREAS, by Resolution 01-76 adopted on October 2, 2001, the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood also authorized the submittal of the Amendments to Preliminary Plans to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Brentwood for preparation of amendments to the Official Redevelopment Plans for the Projects.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

1. The Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects, attached and incorporated herein by this reference, as formulated and approved by the Planning Commission of the City of Brentwood, is hereby accepted by the Agency, and the Agency hereby directs that the amendments to the official Redevelopment Plans for the Projects be prepared.

2. Pursuant to Section 33328.3 of the Health and Safety Code, the Executive Director of the Agency is hereby authorized and directed to file the information required by Health and Safety Code Section 33327 and 33328 with the appropriate taxing officials, taxing agencies and State Board of Equalization.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the _______ day of ________ 2002 by the following vote:












AMENDMENTS TO THE PRELIMINARY PLANS 
FOR THE BRENTWOOD AND NORTH BRENTWOOD 
REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREAS

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Page

1. Introduction and Authority 6
2. Proposed Added Area Location and Description 7
3. General Statements of Proposed Land Uses 7
A. Land Uses 8
B. Layout of Principal Streets 8
C. Population Densities and Building Intensities 8
D. Proposed Building Standards 8
4. Redevelopment Law Purpose Attainment 8
5. Conformance with the Brentwood General Plan 9
6. Potential Impacts to Residents, Within and Surrounding, the Project Location 9


Exhibit

Map of Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas and Proposed Added Area for the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area


AMENDMENTS TO THE PRELIMINARY PLANS 
FOR THE BRENTWOOD AND NORTH BRENTWOOD 
REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREAS


1. Introduction and Authority

The City of Brentwood has previously adopted Redevelopment Plans for the Brentwood (1982) and North Brentwood (1991) Redevelopment Projects. The Redevelopment Plans were merged in 2000. The Redevelopment Agency has proposed amendments to both the Brentwood and the North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans. Additional territory known as the Sunset Industrial Park (the “Added Area”) is proposed to be added to the existing North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area. In addition, the proposed plan amendment includes extending the time limit that the Agency can incur debt, extending the use of eminent domain and reinstating the use of eminent domain on residential properties for both the Brentwood and the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas. 

The Agency is considering the amendments for the following reasons:

A. To facilitate the reuse of existing North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area properties including existing light and heavy industrial uses along Brentwood Boulevard;

B. To permit the Agency to assist with improvements for existing and new facilities in the proposed Added Area;

C. To ensure that North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area revenues are pledged to projects that directly benefit the area including the relocation of businesses from the currently blighted areas;

D. To promote comprehensive planning and development efforts necessary to eliminate conditions of blight found to exist within the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area;

E. To extend time limits to incur debt for an additional 10 years (from 2004 to 2014 for the Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area and from 2011 to 2021 for the North Brentwood Project Area); the purpose of which is to carryout continued redevelopment efforts which cannot be accomplished under current time limit constraints.

F. To re-establish the power of eminent domain in the Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area, and in the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area, to extend the time limit for using eminent domain;

G. To re-establish eminent domain authority for residential property in both the Brentwood and the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas;

H. To assist with the aesthetic characteristics of the industrial uses in terms of landscape, screening, building design, and signage in the North Brentwood Redevelopment Area;
In order to fulfill the requirements of California Community Redevelopment Law, Section 33324, the amendments to the Preliminary Plans must:

A. Describe the boundaries of the proposed Added Area;

B. Contain a general statement of land uses and of the layout of principal streets, population densities and building intensities and standards proposed as the basis for the redevelopment of the proposed Added Area;

C. Show how the purposes of the Community Redevelopment Law would be attained by such redevelopment;

D. Show that the proposed redevelopment conforms to the general plan;

E. Describe, generally, the impact of the project upon residents thereof and upon the surrounding neighborhood.

For the past several months, Agency and Economic Development staff have maintained an ongoing dialogue with several redevelopment area property and business owners regarding their desire to relocate to the Added Area as a means to eliminate existing blighted conditions along the Brentwood Boulevard corridor. During the redevelopment plan amendment process, staff will continue these discussions as a means to inform the public about the development of the redevelopment plan, and to solicit input from the community. 

2. Proposed Added Area Location and Description

The Added Area is located entirely within the City of Brentwood boundaries. The 148 acre area is located in the northeast portion of the City of Brentwood. The area is bounded to the south by Sunset Road, to the west by Tresch Road and Marsh Creek, to the north by Marsh Creek and to the east by an existing orchard and food processing plant. A map showing the boundaries of the proposed Added Area and the existing boundaries of the Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects is attached as Exhibit A.

Uses in the proposed Added Area include a proposed industrial park that will be used to relocate existing businesses for redevelopment purposes, a municipal wastewater treatment plant, corporation yard, solid waste plant, and sports fields. The proposed Added Area is necessary for the effective redevelopment and elimination of blight within the North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area.

3. General Statements of Proposed Land Uses

The proposed redevelopment plan amendments are intended to be consistent with the applicable provisions of the City of Brentwood’s General Plan and all other local, regional, and state requirements, codes, and guidelines as they may be amended from time to time.

A. Land Uses

Within the proposed Added Area, the proposed land uses are consistent with the existing uses and the provision of the General Plan Land Use designations with one exception. The Redevelopment Plan identifies one lot (lot 1 - 5.7 acres) as an “Industrial Site”. Currently, it appears that the property is within the Public Facility (“PF”) land use designation. At this time, Brentwood is considering a comprehensive General Plan Update and ensuing Zoning Ordinance that will change the land use designation of that property from Public Facility to Industrial. The anticipated hearing date for the General Plan Update is November, 2001, and the Zoning Ordinance will follow shortly thereafter.

B. Layout of Principal Streets

There is approximately 2,300 linear feet of proposed new and/or improved road in the proposed Added Area. The new road begins at Sunset Road and heads north approximately 1,200 feet to an existing access road. From there, the existing road will be improved easterly to its termination. The road improvements will service the proposed industrial sites and will provide improved access to the corporation yard, wastewater treatment plant, and the proposed sports park expansion. 

C. Population Densities and Building Intensities

The addition of the proposed Added Area to the existing North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Area should not directly affect the population density of Brentwood. 

Building intensity shall be controlled by the development standards found in the Brentwood Zoning Code. The standards include requirements for lot size, building setback and height, and parking. Further design standards may be included in the conditions of approval and in accordance with the City of Brentwood Design Guidelines when the sites are developed.

D. Proposed Building Standards

Building standards shall conform to the building requirements of applicable local, regional, state, and federal codes and ordinances.


4. Redevelopment Law Purpose Attainment

The properties included in the proposed Added Area were selected because:

A. They are necessary for the effective redevelopment of the area of which they are a part.

B. They are necessary for comprehensive planning and development of the area.


The purposes of the California Community Redevelopment Law would be attained by the proposed redevelopment through:

A. The elimination of blighting influences and the correction of environmental deficiencies;

B. The assembly of land into parcels suitable for modern, integrated development with improved pedestrian and vehicular circulation;

C. The replanning, redesign and development of undeveloped areas which are stagnant or improperly utilized;

D. The provision of opportunities for participation by owners and tenants in the revitalization of their properties;

E. The expansion of employment opportunities;

F. The provision of an environment for social and economic growth; and

G. The expansion and improvement of housing for low- and moderate-income persons.


5. Conformance with the Brentwood General Plan

Within the proposed Added Area, the proposed land uses are consistent with the existing uses and the provisions of the General Plan Land Use designations with the exception noted in Section 3. 

The proposed land use designations for the proposed Added Area include Medium Industrial, Public Facilities, and Park.


6. Potential Impacts to Residents, Within and Surrounding, the Project Location

The addition of the proposed Added Area to the adjacent existing Redevelopment Area should generally result in improved environmental conditions. Existing impacts to biological and cultural resources, and from industrial noise and hazardous materials will be mitigated to less than significant levels as described in the mitigation monitoring program for the Sunset Industrial Park Draft EIR.

The impact of the proposed amendments upon occupants of that area and surrounding neighborhood may, in general, be in the areas of relocation, traffic circulation, public facilities and services, environmental quality, employment opportunity and economic development. Agency activities in the proposed Added Area may include property acquisition, relocation of occupants, demolition of structures, construction of public improvements and land disposition for private development. The impact of the amendments will be considered in detail by the Agency in the Project Environmental Impact Report.

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