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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 14

Meeting Date: April 8, 2003

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution to support AB 437 and AB 723, authored by Assembly Member Barbara Matthews, in order to secure certain State Incentives for the Inter-Regional Partnership (IRP) Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones, Including Antioch/Brentwood Opportunity Zone.

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Economic Development Director

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council, by resolution, support bills AB 437 and AB 723 in order to secure certain state incentives for the Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones.


PREVIOUS ACTION
In 1998, an Inter-Regional Partnership (IRP) was formed between the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus to address such issues as geographic separation of housing and employment, mounting traffic and air pollution, and growth. Members of the IRP consist of fifteen elected officials representing five counties and 10 cities. The Association of Bay Area Governments, the San Joaquin County Council of Governments, and the Stanislaus County Council of Governments provide staffing and regional expertise.

In July 2000, Governor Gray Davis signed into law a bill introduced by then-Assembly Member (now State Senator) Tom Torlakson, AB 2864. Building on the work that the members of the Inter-Regional Partnership had accomplished, this bill created the state funded Inter-Regional Partnership State Pilot Project to improve the balance of jobs and housing in the five-county region.

In the summer of 2002, 10 Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones were selected through a rigorous evaluation process designed to identify and select the best opportunities to improve current development patterns. Zones were selected to encourage economic investment and job creation near available housing, and to increase housing development near major employment centers. Most importantly, the Zones were evaluated on their ability to improve conditions over the entire five-county area and to remedy inter-regional problems.

A component of AB 2864 included the identification and implementation of incentives to encourage the development of the Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones to further the IRP regional goals. Assembly Member Barbara Matthews has pledged her support for this program and has authored two bills – AB 437 and AB 723 – in order to secure appropriate incentives for the Opportunity Zones.

BACKGROUND
Summary of Bills

AB 437 – Inter-Regional State Pilot Project
This bill would give priority eligibility in the award of state competitive grants and other economic incentives for projects within the IRP designated Opportunity Zones. There are 10 Opportunity Zones, one of which is Antioch/Brentwood Opportunity Zone.

AB 723 – Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones
This bill would authorize counties and cities to create infrastructure financing districts in the Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones to finance public capital facilities in the five-County IRP areas. This bill is similar to a current law that authorizes the Redevelopment Agencies to finance public works utilizing tax increment financing.

Both AB 437 and AB 723 are scheduled for legislative committee reviews on April 9th. The Inter-Regional Partnership leaders and members will be going to Sacramento to provide full support for these two bills. In addition to IRP member support, it was also recommended that cities where the Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones reside provide their support in the form of a resolution.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund for this resolution.

Attachments:

• Resolution
• Full text of AB 437 and AB 723

RESOLUTION NO.
TO SUPPORT, BY RESOLUTION AB 437 AND AB 723, AUTHORED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER BARBARA MATTHEWS, IN ORDER TO SECURE CERTAIN STATE INCENTIVES FOR THE INTER-REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP (IRP) JOBS/HOUSING OPPORTUNITY ZONES, INCLUDING ANTIOCH/BRENTWOOD’S OPPORTUNITY ZONE.
WHEREAS, in 1998 the Inter-Regional Partnership (IRP) was formed between the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus to address such issues as geographic separation of housing and employment, mounting traffic and air pollution, and growth; and
WHEREAS, in July 2000, Governor Gray Davis signed into law AB 2864 which created the funding for the Inter-Regional Partnership (IRP) State Pilot Project, which included the original members of the IRP, to improve the balance of jobs and housing;
WHEREAS, in summer 2002, 10 Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones were selected through a rigorous evaluation process designed to identify and select the best opportunities to improve current development patterns; and
WHEREAS, a component of AB 2864 included the identification and implementation of incentives to encourage the development of the Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones to further the IRP regional goals; and
WHEREAS, Assembly Member Barbara Matthews has pledged her support for this program and has authored two bills – AB 437 and AB 723 – in order to secure appropriate incentives for the Opportunity Zones; and

WHEREAS, both AB 437 and AB 772 are scheduled for legislative committee review on April 9, 2003; and
WHEREAS, the Inter-Regional Partnership leaders and members will provide full support for these two bills.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council does herby support Assembly Member Barbara Matthew’s two bills- AB 437 AND AB 723 – in order to secure certain state incentives applicable to the Jobs/Housing Opportunity Zones selected by the Inter-Regional Partnership.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 8th day of March 2003 by the following vote:
AYES: NOES: ABSENT:

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Brian Swisher
Mayor

ATTEST:

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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk/Director of Administrative Services


 

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