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MINUTES
CITY OF BRENTWOOD
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
November 26, 2002 

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Brentwood was called to order at 8:00p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 734 Third Street, with Mayor McPoland presiding.

Present: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
Absent: None

PRESENTATIONS 

A. Introduction and Oath of Office of Darcy Garrity to the Youth Commission.

Mayor McPoland introduced Darcy Garrity and administered the Oath of Office.

B. Introduction of Mary Jane Barnes-Lawson as Poet Laureate.

Mayor McPoland introduced Mary Jane Barnes-Lawson as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Brentwood.

Ms. Lawson thanked the Arts Commission for initiating the idea of Poet Laureate for the cultural development of the City of Brentwood.

AGENDA REVIEW

Item 4 Pull and replace staff report. (P. Zolfarelli)

CITIZEN COMMENTS

Kent Inger, resident, asked Council if the lights at the Skate Park could be left on until a later time commenting that after school and homework there is no time left to skate. 

Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation commented that per Council direction the lights at the Skate Park are security lights and not meant to be on a timer. In consideration of the neighbors, the lights are scheduled to go off at 5:00 p.m.

Council directed staff to investigate the issue and bring it back at a later date.

CONSENT CALENDAR

1. Approved Minutes of October 22, 2002. Pulled for further discussion.

2. Approved Minutes of November 12, 2002. Pulled for further discussion.

3. Approved Resolution No. 2743 of Initiation designating Francisco & Associates, Inc. as the Engineer of Work and approved Resolution No. 2744 of Intention declaring the City’s intent to order improvements for the Consolidated Landscape & Lighting Assessment Districts for the Mid-Year of Fiscal Year 2002/2003, and set a date of January 14, 2003 for the Public Hearing. 

4. Approved Resolution No. 2745 authorizing the City Manager to execute all contracts under $100,000 plus a 10% contingency each for the relocation of the existing Corporation Yard trailers and the construction of an approximately 10,000 square foot building. Pulled per Agenda Review.

5. Waived second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 727 amending Sections 17.650 (Accessory, Temporary and Service Uses) and 17.850 (Temporary Use Permit) of the Brentwood Municipal Code. 

6. Authorized staff to solicit Request for Proposals for beverage vending machines. Pulled for further discussion.

7. Approved joint-use agreement between the City of Brentwood and Liberty Union High School District. 

8. Approved Resolution No. 2746 accepting the offers of dedication in fee for the rights-of-way of Tradition Way, Guise Way, Heritage Way, Panorama Way, Independence Street, Morningside Street, Gerry Street, Legacy Street and Balfour Road Widening; accepting the offer of dedication in fee for Parcel “B” and “C” as shown on the Final Map; accepting all subsurface mineral, water and abutters rights relinquished on said Final Map and accepting public improvements (waterlines, sanitary sewer, storm drain, fiber optics and streets with all related improvements) for maintenance; accepting the Subdivision Maintenance Bond and releasing the Subdivision Improvement Securities for Subdivision No. 7844, Providence, by Ryder Homes and Shea Homes, located south of Balfour Road and west of Sellers Avenue.

9. Approved Resolution No. 2747 authorizing the closure of certain streets and temporarily establishing no parking restrictions and tow away zones to facilitate the Sociedad Guadalupana de Brentwood, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Pilgrimage Parade to be held on Sunday, December 8, 2002. 

10. Adopted “Renewal Negotiation Process Terms” for undertaking informal negotiation of the renewal of the AT&T cable television franchise; and establish a Telecommunications Committee to conduct the informal negotiations. Pulled for further discussion.

11. Approved Resolution No. 2748 awarding a contract in the amount of $149,900 plus a 10% contingency to Sure Built for the purchase of a 10,000 square-foot structure for the temporary Corporation Yard relocation site. 

11A. Approve Resolution No. 2749 authorizing staff to prepare a pre-qualification package and move forward with the pre-qualification process for the New Police Facility Project, CIP Project No. 336-3110.

It was moved/seconded by Petrovich/Gomes to approve Consent Calendar Items 1, 3, 4 (with changes) 5-9, 11 and 11A as recommended by staff. Motion carried unanimously.

Item 2 Approved Minutes of November 12, 2002.

It was moved/seconded by Hill/Gomes to approve the minutes of November 12, 2002 as recommended by staff. Motion carried with Mayor McPoland abstaining.

Item 6 Authorized staff to solicit Request for Proposals for beverage vending machines. 

Councilmember Beckstrand asked who would be in charge of the source of power for the vending machines.

Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation, responded that the source of power would be the responsibility of the vendor.

Councilmember Beckstrand asked if increased garbage would be an issue at any of the sites.


Mr. Bronzan responded that there will probably not be an increase in garbage since most people are already bringing their drinks and food and disposing of them at the site. If we do find there is an excess at any of the locations, we will add more trash receptacles.

Councilmember Hill expressed concern at the possibility of vandalism since some of these machines are being placed at remote locations. 

Mr. Bronzan responded that the company supplying the vending machine usually secures the machines in steel cages. 

It was moved/seconded by Beckstrand/Gomes to approve item 6 as recommended by staff. Motion carried unanimously.

Item 10 Adopt the “Renewal Negotiation Process Terms” for undertaking informal negotiation of the renewal of the AT&T cable television franchise; and establish a Telecommunications Committee to conduct the informal negotiations.

Councilmember Petrovich commented that he felt the Telecommunication Subcommittee be re-established and would like to add that to the item.

It was moved/seconded by Gomes/Beckstrand to reestablish the Telecommunications Subcommittee consisting of Councilmembers Beckstrand and Petrovich. Motion carried unanimously.

It was moved/seconded by Petrovich/Gomes to adopt the Renewal Negotiation Process Terms as recommended by staff. Motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

12. Consideration of an Ordinance amending Title 17 of the Brentwood Municipal Code to allow Financial Institutions as a permitted use in commercial zones. 

Mitch Oshinsky, Director of Community Development, commented that the Municipal Code is inconsistent in how it regulates Financial Institutions. There are a variety of regulations and some conflicts in our existing Code, which lead to confusion. The 3 Zones that have conflicts between banks as permitted uses and uses subject to a CUP are PD’s 12, 18 and 20. It would also be more customer friendly, and would simplify matters for the business community, Council, Planning Commission and staff, to have a more consistent approach on banks across our commercial zones.

This Ordinance amends the Municipal Code to clear up the different regulations, bring clarity to the matter, and uniformly make Financial Institutions permitted uses in the various nonresidential zones. 

The Public Hearing was opened.

Barbara Guise, resident, spoke in opposition of the Ordinance.

There being no one wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.

Councilmember Hill commented that commerce has changed so drastically, many people no longer go to banks. He further commented that with the growth of our community it is unrealistic for us to expect our residents travel three to four miles downtown to do their banking. 


ORDINANCE NO. 728

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING VARIOUS CHAPTERS OF TITLE 17 (ZONING) OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE RELATED TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

It was moved/seconded by Hill/Gomes to waive first reading and adopt Ordinance No. 728 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
NOES: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

13. Consideration of an Ordinance amending Chapter 17.620 (Off-Street Parking) of the Brentwood Municipal Code to change parking requirements for eating and drinking places in commercial zones. 

Mitch Oshinsky, Director of Community Development, explained that the current parking provisions for eating and drinking places are outdated, difficult to administer and regulate, because they are based on the number of seats (which can be easily changed), rather than on gross floor area. The existing standard is also somewhat restrictive toward parking requirements for small quick-serve eating and drinking places, as it does not differentiate between traditional sit down, and quick serve restaurants. The use of gross floor area has become the modern standard rather than number of seats for restaurant parking requirements. 

The changing nature of the eating and drinking industry where many eating and drinking services are no longer offered solely in traditional full-serve, sit down restaurants, has also made it less clear what a “restaurant” really is. Quick serve small eating and drinking places with up to 20 seats tend to have quicker turn-over, and therefore require less parking than traditional full-serve sit down restaurants. 

Councilmember Hill commented that he felt the 20 seats cut off is not enough for many delis, cafés, juice bars, fast food, sandwich shops, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, etc. He cited parking difficulties at the many of our shopping centers because those types of places tend to have a higher concentration of people at certain times of the day. 

After some discussion Council directed staff to examine two issues:

• Is the designation of 20-seats enough for the classification of Quick Serve Restaurant?
• What happens when several high traffic business are located next to each other?

There being no one wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.

It was moved/seconded by Hill/Petrovich to continue the item to the meeting of January 14, 2002. Motion carried unanimously.

14. Consideration of an Ordinance adopting and implementing a tiered water rate structure and water rates for Fiscal Years 2002/03 to 2006/07 and accept the Water Rate Study prepared by Berryman & Henigar. 

15. Consideration of an Ordinance adopting and implementing monthly user charges for sanitary sewer service for Fiscal Years 2002/03 to 2007/08 and accept the Sewer Rate Study prepared by Berryman & Henigar. 


Paul Zolfarelli, director of Public Works, requested to discuss Items 14 and 15 together. He explained that the City of Brentwood Water Division Enterprise Fund must recover its cost of service to ensure that there is no need for funding from the City General Fund. The significant increase in population has required the City to build additional potable water wells and purchase additional surface water to meet our growing demands. Also, the City is examining the possibility of constructing a new water treatment facility. This facility would meet future demands as well as serve current users. State loans needed for funding this facility will require rates that support the enterprise fund.

Staff has utilized the services of a rate consultant in the past to develop a rate structure that creates an equitable rate for all water customers. The current rate structure charges a fixed rate for meters and a variable rate of $1.89 per 1,000 gallons of water purchased. These existing rates will not be sufficient to ensure that future revenues maintain pace with expenditures.

City staff contracted with Berryman & Henigar to review the current water structure and recommend possible rate and fee increases to cover cost of operating, upgrading, and when needed, expanding the water service. Additionally, Berryman & Henigar were tasked with developing a tiered rate structure that would promote water conservation and help reduce peak water usage. Final analysis by Berryman & Henigar determined that the current rate structure of $1.89 per unit does not generate sufficient funds to cover operating expenses, debt service and depreciation. The additional revenue is needed to cover projected operating costs as well as future debt service requirements.

Mayor McPoland asked what we had to look forward to in terms of improved water quality in the future.

Mr. Zolfarelli responded that the City of Brentwood water quality does meet and often exceed the State Water Control Board standards. The biggest area of complaint is in taste and odor. As the City pulls more surface water and uses less ground water, there is a reduction in what some people find the objectionable taste and odor.

The Public Hearing for Items 14 and 15 was opened.

There being no one wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.

Mayor McPoland commented that in a meeting of the East County Water Management Board where East Bay Mud and the Contra Costa Water District gave reports. He is concerned that water supplies could become a serious problem in the State of California in the future.

ORDINANCE NO. 729

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD ADOPTING MONTHLY USER CHARGES FOR WATER SERVICE
ORDINANCE NO. 730

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD ADOPTING NEW MONTHLY USER CHARGES FOR SANITARY SEWER SERVICE

It was moved/seconded by Gomes/Petrovich to waive first reading and adopt Ordinance No. 729 and Ordinance 730 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
NOES: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

At 8:59 p.m. Council recessed to a short break.

Council reconvened at 9:07 p.m.

16. Consideration of an Ordinance rezoning 5.81 acres from R-3 to PD-61 and establishing development standards for the project site, located between Sycamore Avenue and Spruce Street, east of Brentwood Boulevard.

Erik Nolthenius, Associate Planner, explained that at its meeting of October 29, 2002, the Planning Commission considered this request to rezone approximately 5.81 acres from R-3 to PD-61 with the adoption of specific development standards for the project site, and a vesting tentative subdivision map subdividing the site into 53 single-family residential lots.

Staff believes that the requested rezone and development standards will allow the applicant to develop the site to its potential while maintaining consistency with the General Plan designation of the site and ensuring compatibility with existing and future land uses in the vicinity of the site. The Planning Commission and Staff believe that approval of the requested entitlements would serve to implement the goals and policies of the General Plan by facilitating development of the project site and will not adversely impact the development of adjacent parcels.

The Public Hearing was opened.

Brad Durga, representing DeNova Homes addressed Council stating that this plan incorporates two major changes since Council last saw this design. The first change is the plan to complete Spruce Street as well as provide an additional 40 parking spaces along the property line of the school. The second item is to come up with a regulatory agreement to provide eight low/moderately priced homes in the redevelopment area.

There being no one else wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.
ORDINANCE NO. 731

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE REZONE (RZ 02-04) OF APPROXIMATELY 5.81 ACRES FROM R-3 TO PD-61 WITH THE ADOPTION OF SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS FOR THE PROJECT SITE, LOCATED GENERALLY BETWEEN SYCAMORE AVENUE AND SPRUCE STREET, EAST OF BRENTWOOD BOULEVARD (APN 013-030-015)

It was moved/seconded by Petrovich/Gomes to waive first reading and adopt Ordinance No. 731 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
NOES: Councilmember Hill
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

17. Consideration of an Ordinance amending the Chapter 17.640 of the Brentwood Municipal Code by modifying Sections 17.640.008 and 17.640.010 relating to Projecting Signs.

Mike Leana, Chief Planner, stated that the existing city sign ordinance permits projecting signs but restricts their projection to one (1) foot into the adjacent right of way. For the last several years City staff has been encouraging new and remodeled businesses in the downtown area to use projecting signs instead of the flush mounted building signs in order to promote and augment the pedestrian friendly nature of our downtown. Unfortunately, those businesses who have heeded our encouragement have had to apply for a variance due to the restrictive nature of the sign ordinance's existing standard.

At its meeting on October 29, 2002, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the City Council approve an ordinance change for projecting signs provided they do not encroach beyond the sidewalk, with the inclusion of a minimum height above grade that any projecting sign must adhere to. The sign ordinance is presently silent on a requirement for a minimum height above grade. 

The Public Hearing was opened.

There being no one wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.

Councilmember Beckstrand noted her concern with the current consistency of staff enforcement of the Sign Ordinance. 

ORDINANCE NO. 732

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING CHAPTER 17.640 OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE BY MODIFYING SECTIONS 17.640.008 AND 17.640.010 RELATING TO PROJECTING SIGNS.

It was moved/seconded by Beckstrand/Hill to waive first reading and adopt Ordinance No. 732 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
NOES: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

18. Consideration of an Ordinance amending Chapter 16.050 of the Brentwood Municipal Code by adding Section 16.050.015 relating to concurrent processing of Design Review applications with Tentative Subdivision Map applications. 

Waive the first reading and adopt an ordinance that would require the concurrent processing of a Design Review application whenever a residential tentative subdivision map is filed.

Mike Leana, Chief Planner explained that the requirement to simultaneously process a Design Review application whenever a residential tentative subdivision map is filed, has been discussed by the Planning Commission several times over the past several years but prior legal counsels had always advised against it due to its potential adverse impact on property owners of smaller parcels. It was recently brought up for discussion by the Housing/RGMP subcommittee due to the benefits inherent in being able to review detailed house plans at the same time that lotting patterns are being reviewed on a tentative map; changes to the tentative map and/or the house design could be made immediately, saving time and cost, while achieving a better final product.

In order to address the "fairness" issue the Housing/RGMP subcommittee proposed two exemptions. The first exemption would apply to smaller parcels (i.e., at the Low Density residential category 15 lots would be a 5 acre parcel; 5 acres @ 3 du/ac.) and the second exemption is intended to not inhibit the creation of custom home lots. 

The current Subdivision Ordinance requires the concurrent processing of design reviews for "vesting" tentative subdivision maps. If adopted, this proposed change will require it for all residential tentative subdivision maps except those falling under the exemption category. 

The Public Hearing was opened.

Those opposed to a change in the Ordinance:

Todd Fuginaga, representing three local landowners
Patty Blumen, resident, representing the Blumen, Franklin and Martinez families.

Councilmember Gomes asked Ms. Blumen if their concerns had been addressed with the Planning Commission.

Ms. Blumen responded that Mr. Fuginaga had raised the concerns with the Planning Commission.

Mr. Leana commented that the Blumen and Martinez families would be exempt from t he change in the Ordinance since they have already filed tentative maps. 

There being no one else wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.

ORDINANCE NO. 733

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING CHAPTER 16.050 OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING SECTION 16.050.015 RELATING TO CONCURRENT PROCESSING OF DESIGN REVIEW APPLICATIONS WITH TENTATIVE SUBDIVISION MAP APPLICATIONS.

It was moved/seconded by Hill/Gomes to waive first reading and adopt Ordinance No. 733 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
NOES: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

19. Consideration of a Resolution approving the following actions: (1) certify and adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Shady Willow Lane project; (2) make certain findings and determine that the Public Interest and Necessity require acquisition of certain land needed for Shady Willow Right of Way; and (3) authorize the filing of an eminent domain proceeding consistent with the Resolution of Necessity. 

Dennis Beougher, City Attorney, introduced the item explaining that eminent domain is the power of government to take private property for a public purpose without the owner’s consent. The power of eminent domain is invoked only after every effort is made to acquire the property through negotiations. The power of eminent domain is inherent in governmental sovereignty. It precedes the Constitution and is not constitutionally conferred. However, this inherent power of government to take private property is restrained by the Constitution. The only restrain imposed by the California Constitution are that the taking must be for a public use and that just compensation be paid.

Public improvements, such as the proposed Shady Willow Lane project, are common functions of city government. Public projects typically require the acquisition of privately owned land. Normally, the City and the private landowner have been able to negotiate a fair price and the land needed by the City would be conveyed to the City by a deed. In this case, due to current litigation, the City and record owner could not complete the negotiations for the purchase of the needed property. No matter by negotiations or eminent domain, the City has a constitutional duty to pay just compensation, which has been interpreted to mean a fair market value as well as any severance damages, if any, to the owner’s remaining property.

As an eminent domain proceeding involves a “project” subject to California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the City must also comply with regulations related to CEQA. Therefore, the Resolution adopting the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Shady Willow Lane project must be adopted before the Resolution of Necessity.

Bailey Grewal, City Engineer, reviewed several options that were considered for the development of the right of way for the Shady Willow Lane Project and staff recommendation for the design they felt would be the most compatible with the greatest public good and the least private damage.

The Public Hearing was opened.

There being no one wishing to speak the Public Hearing was closed.

RESOLUTION NO 2750

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE ADOPTION OF A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND INITIAL STUDY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PORTION OF SHADY WILLOW LANE.

It was moved/seconded by Hill/Gomes to waive full reading and approve Resolution No. 2750 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Mayor McPoland
NOES: Councilmember Petrovich
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

RESOLUTION 2751

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD DETERMINING THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NECESSITY REQUIRE THE ACQUISITION OF CERTAIN LAND AND DIRECTING THE FILING OF EMINENT DOMAIN PROCEEDING. (APN: 019-110-048)
It was moved seconded by Hill/Gomes to waive full reading and approve Resolution No. 2751 as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Mayor McPoland
NOES: Councilmember Petrovich
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

Council recessed for break at 9:55 p.m.

Council reconvened at 10:02 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS

20. Consider a sales strategy for property located at the Sunset Industrial Complex and adopt criteria for the selection of successful candidates to purchase the subject property.

Howard Sword, Director of Economic Development stated that staff is ready to begin the property disposition process for the Sunset Industrial Complex. The property available for sale is distributed in the following categories:

• 4.7 acres reserved for the Corporation Yard.
• 6.5 acres reserved for relocations from blighted sites in the Redevelopment Project Areas.
• 17.2 acres available for sale to the general public.

Because of the high demand for the property, staff is requesting direction from City Council on two issues regarding the disposition of property to the general public. 

The first issue is structuring the price of the property. The cost to the City of the improved property is approximately $3.50 per square foot. This includes the purchase, soft costs of planning/processing and construction improvements of the property. It does not include the currently unknown costs of mitigating the burrowing owl habitat found onsite. 

It is extremely difficult to determine the fair market value of the property due to the lack of comparable sales of improved medium industrial land in the area. Conversations with various developers lead Staff to believe that a reasonable expectation of the property value on the open market is approximately $6.00 per square foot. 

One approach to establishing a price for the property would be to ascertain a floor price under which we would not sell, for example, $5.00 per square foot, and then sell the property to the parties that submit the highest bid. This approach would probably maximize the profit that the City would realize from the property disposition. It would not, however, achieve other goals that the City wants to accomplish with this project.

To encourage the build-out of the project and to discourage land banking of parcels, another possible sales approach that would accomplish the City’s goals, as described above, would be to set a fixed price of $5.50 per square foot for the property and determine the successful purchasing candidates through the evaluation of criteria that achieves the City’s qualitative goals.

Councilmember Petrovich commented that he was in favor of the bidding process and recommended that we open it up for bid to Brentwood businesses first and then if it does not sell, open the bidding up to the second category of businesses. This will allow local businesses have first option.

Mayor McPoland disagreed

After some discussion regarding the bidding process and attaching covenants to the bid process, it was moved/seconded by Hill/Petrovich to continue Item 20 until December 10, 2002 and acquire a legal opinion on the appropriate legal disposition on the property including what we can and cannot condition it with. Motion carried unanimously.

21. Approve a Resolution extending the time period for which projects in the Northwest area are exempt from the RGMP to July 6, 2003, with a special exemption for the Rose Garden project that will last until January 6, 2004. 

Mike Leana, Chief Planner, the RGMP was adopted in order to moderate the effects of rapid growth, and attempt to synchronize residential growth with infrastructure and municipal and public safety services. At the same time the Council recognized that, due to its proximity to the Highway 4 Bypass, the Northwest quadrant of the City was the key to job creation, increased retail sales taxes, improved economic benefits, and would provide the infrastructure needed to improve and protect the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Consequently, the Northwest area was given an 18-month exemption from the RGMP in order to allow enough time for property owners/developers to process their development plans through the planning process and enable their properties to be included in an assessment district so that bonds could be issued for the construction of the needed infrastructure in this area.

With the 18-month exemption time period set to expire in about six weeks, staff felt it was important to provide the Council with a status report on the progress of the RGMP, and determine if it desires to extend the exemption time period for this area of the City, or simply let it expire.

By examining the latest figures, the City Council's intent in adopting the RGMP is working; since its adoption in July, 2001, eleven projects in the Northwest exemption area, totaling 1587 units, have received discretionary approval. Another five projects also in the Northwest exemption area, totaling 1005 units, are currently being processed. The remainder of the residentially zoned land in the Northwest exemption area could generate another 744 units at mid-range build-out. Thus, the exemption provided to this area is working; it has stimulated the processing of nearly 2600 units in order to facilitate and pay for the needed infrastructure to spur commercial development in the Northwest area.

But in the remainder of the City, only four projects, totaling 325 units have received allocations since the adoption of the RGMP. As of today only one of those projects, totaling 53 units, has received discretionary approval. 

So the RGMP appears to be slowing the overall rate of future growth within the City, but the exemption for the Northwest area is stimulating the growth in that area which the Council desired. 

In discussions with the Engineering Department, staff felt that the additional 1005 units within the Northwest exemption area that are currently being processed need to be included as part of the assessment district/bond sales. Consequently, staff is recommending that the exemption for the previously identified Northwest area be extended for an additional six months, until July 6, 2003, to enable these projects to get the necessary discretionary planning approvals.

Additionally, staff is recommending that the Pulte Rose Garden project be given a 1-year exemption, expiring on January 6, 2004, to enable this project to be resubmitted and proceed through the planning and environmental review process. 




RESOLUTION NO. 2752

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2363 BY APPROVING AN EXTENSION OF TIME FOR THE EXEMPTION TO THE RESIDENTIAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR PROPERTIES IN THE NORTHWEST AREA OF THE CITY AS PREVIOUSLY DEFINED.

It was moved/seconded by Hill/Petrovich to waive full reading of Resolution No. 2752 and approve as recommended by staff. Motion passed by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers Beckstrand, Gomes, Hill, Petrovich, Mayor McPoland
NOES: None
ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

CITIZEN COMMENTS - none

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS

Councilmember Beckstrand reported that Tri-Delta Transit will be adding an additional level of service by adding a new route that will provide cross-town service with a bus transfer at the Bart Parking Lot adjacent to the New Police Station. The new route will go into effect in February 2003. The new cross-town service will cut the existing three hour trip to two hours. 

Councilmember Gomes reported that only seven of the eight recommendations the City of Brentwood made to TRANSPLAN with regard to the renewal of Measure C were discarded. The recommendation TRANSPLAN did keep was the allocation of $47 million dollars to widen Vasco Road to four lanes. 

Councilmember Petrovich announced that December 14, 2002 will be the Christmas Basket Project at Loma Vista School.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,



Cynthia Goulding
Deputy City Clerk

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