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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 18


Meeting Date: May 14, 2002

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution Consenting to and Calling a Joint Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans and the Negative Declaration 

Submitted by: Gina Rozenski, Redevelopment Analyst

Approved by: John Stevenson, Executive Director

RECOMMENDATION 
Approve a Resolution Consenting to and Calling a Joint Public Hearing on the Proposed Amendments to the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans and the Negative Declaration relating thereto. 

PREVIOUS ACTION
On June 26, 2001, the City Council of the City of Brentwood approved and adopted Resolution No. 2322 adding 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 Merged 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 amendments to the official Redevelopment Plans for the Projects.

On January 22, 2002, the Redevelopment Agency approved a resolution accepting the Amendments to the Preliminary Plans for the Merged 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.

On April 9, 2002, the Redevelopment Agency approved resolutions to adopt the Preliminary Report and refer it to the appropriate taxing entities, accepted and authorized circulation of the Draft Negative Declaration, and referred the Proposed Amendments to the Planning Commission and to the Project Area Committee for review and recommendations. 

BACKGROUND
The Brentwood Redevelopment Plan (“Downtown Plan”) was originally adopted in 1982. Since the original adoption, the Downtown Plan has been amended five times to add area, to authorize certain projects, and to establish or extend financial limits. The North Brentwood Redevelopment Plan (“North Brentwood Plan”) was adopted in 1991, and has been amended three times to authorize certain projects and to establish or extend financial limits. The principal objectives of the Redevelopment Plans are to eliminate visual, economic, physical and social blight and to renew and create economic stimulation within the Project Areas. 

Purpose of Proposed Amendments to the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans

The North Brentwood Project Area suffers from parcels of irregular shape, inadequate size, multiple ownership, incompatible and nonconforming uses, deteriorated buildings, defective or substandard building design, and lack of local neighborhood serving uses. Furthermore, in comparison to the rest of the City, it suffers from low lease rates, low sales transactions, low job creation, depreciated or stagnant property values, and impaired investments. 

The purpose of the proposed amendments to the North Brentwood Redevelopment Plan is to add 138 acres of area, commonly referred to as Sunset Industrial Park area (“Added Area”) to the North Brentwood Project Area. Existing uses include the City’s wastewater treatment plant, solid waste plant and sports complex. Proposed, additional uses include the City corporation yard, an improved and advanced wastewater treatment plant, and a 28± acre, 9-lot industrial subdivision. The proposed Added Area will provide adequate sites to accommodate the relocation of incompatible existing industrial uses along Brentwood Boulevard. This is necessary to eliminate existing blighting conditions along this corridor and to prevent continuing decline and stagnation of the area. In turn, removing the impediments and providing the assistance and incentives needed to stimulate private investment will renew and create economic stimulation within the area to provide for commercially synergistic uses that will complement the community,

The second purpose of the proposed amendments is to re-establish the Agency’s authority of eminent domain in the Downtown Project Area, and to extend the original twelve-year limit of eminent domain authority in the North Brentwood Project Area. Re-establishing and extending the authority of eminent domain is necessary to assist in alleviating blight conditions that impede the development, improvement, rehabilitation and modernization of the Project Areas. Eminent domain is not used lightly, but it is necessary to acquire and assemble properties for proper usefulness, a valid public purpose, and to achieve the goals and objectives of the Plans.

Transmittal of Documents from Redevelopment Agency

The Brentwood Redevelopment Agency has completed its Report to the City Council on the Proposed Amendments to the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Plans, the Negative Declaration on the Proposed Amendments, and the text of the Sixth Amendment to the Brentwood Redevelopment Plan and the Fourth Amendment to the North Brentwood Redevelopment Plan. The Agency has forwarded these documents to the City Council for consideration in a proposed joint public hearing with the Agency.

Consideration

The City Council is asked to consent to and call a public hearing on the Proposed Amendments and the Negative Declaration. If the Council consents to and calls for the hearing, it will be scheduled for June 11, 2002. A Public Hearing Notice will be published in The Ledger Dispatch for four consecutive weeks on May 15, 22, 29 and June 5. Public Hearing notices will be sent to all owners and residents in the existing and Added Areas and to all taxing entities. Additionally, owners in the existing and Added Areas will receive a letter with a statement regarding property acquisition as required in Health & Safety Code Sections 33349 and 33350.


FISCAL IMPACT
None.

Attachments:
1. Resolution 
2. The following documents are enclosed in the Redevelopment Agency Agenda Packets for 5/14/02 and are available upon request:
a. Report to City Council on the Proposed Amendments to the Merged Redevelopment Plans.
b. Sixth Amendment to the Brentwood Redevelopment Plan and Fourth Amendment to the North Brentwood Redevelopment Plan.
c. Negative Declaration.



RESOLUTION NO. 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD CONSENTING TO AND CALLING A JOINT PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE REDEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE MERGED BRENTWOOD AND NORTH BRENTWOOD REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND THE NEGATIVE DECLARATION RELATING THERETO

WHEREAS, the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Brentwood (the “Agency”), by Resolution No. on May 14, 2002 submitted to the City Council of the City of Brentwood (the “City Council”) proposed Amendments to the Redevelopment Plans (the “Amendments”) for the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects (the “Projects”) and consented to and requested that the City Council call a joint public hearing of the Agency and the City Council to consider and act upon the proposed Amendments, together with a joint public hearing on the proposed Negative Declaration (the “Final Negative Declaration”) on the proposed Amendments; and

WHEREAS, the City Council acknowledges receipt of the proposed Amendments, along with the Report to the City Council and the proposed Negative Declaration on the Amendments; and

WHEREAS, section 33458 of the California Community Redevelopment Law (Health and Safety Code, section 33000 et seq.) authorizes a joint public hearing on the proposed Amendments with the consent of the Agency and the City Council;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The City Council hereby consents to and, at the request of the Agency, calls a joint public hearing of the Agency and the City Council on June 11, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to consider and act upon the proposed Amendments and all documents and evidence pertaining thereto, together with a joint public hearing on the proposed Final Negative Declaration for the Amendments.

Section 2. The City Clerk of the City of Brentwood shall, in cooperation with the Secretary of the Agency, prepare, publish and mail such notices and documents and do all other acts as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this resolution.

PASSED AND ADOPTED this 14th day of May, 2002 by the following vote: