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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 29

Meeting Date: August 12, 2003

Subject/Title: Public Hearing: Consideration of Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP) allocations

Submitted by: Community Development Department (Oshinsky/Zilm)

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
The RGMP Committee recommends that the City Council adopt the attached resolution granting an allocation for 311 dwelling units to Braddock and Logan Services, Inc.

PREVIOUS ACTION
The RGMP Committee met on February 27, 2003, April 17, 2003 and May 22, 2003 to consider this allocation request and formulated the above recommendation to the City Council regarding this application.

BACKGROUND
There were two RGMP applications submitted for consideration during the fifth cycle of the RGMP. The first one, by Pinn Brothers Construction for 580 units, was approved by the City Council on February 25, 2003. The second one submitted by Braddock and Logan for 311 units was originally before the Housing Subcommittee on February 27, 2003. At this meeting the Subcommittee had some concerns about the submittal and wanted to see a revised map before recommending the project to the Council. Braddock and Logan was back before the Subcommittee on April 17, 2003 and after several changes the project was finally given the go ahead to move forward to the Council, by the Subcommittee, on May 22, 2003.

The Braddock and Logan RGMP submittal is as follows:

• A request by Braddock and Logan Services, Inc. for the allocation of 311 dwelling units located south of the future Grant Street extension, west of Lone Oak Road and east of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The allocation requested is for a 2-year build-out period (2003-2004) as follows: 191 dwellings in 2003 and 120 dwellings in 2004.

This application was rated by the RGMP Committee based on a set of 10 evaluation criteria that were established as part of the RGMP. A project needs a minimum of 100 points to receive an allocation. This project was awarded 100 points by staff. Staff initially reviewed the application and provided a recommendation to the RGMP Committee, which met on February 27, 2003 (a copy of Staff's memo to the Committee with detailed evaluation of each project is attached). When the Committee met to consider Staff's recommendation, they felt that Braddock and Logan had not provided enough to warrant a score of one hundred points and felt that in order to reach one hundred points Braddock and Logan would have to address the following concerns in order to meet the minimum 100 point requirement:

• Provide the School District with enough acreage for the required number of buildings needed to construct an elementary school and provide a finished school site (i.e pad, roads, sewer and water) in order to meet the School District’s construction timetable,
• Redesign the map to eliminate the road which would have created a short cut through this development between the extension of Grant Street and the new O’Hara Avenue,
• Relocate Anderson Lane along the easterly property line of this project and to serve as the main entrance road for the school site,
• Create a four acre park site, east of O’Hara Avenue and a one acre park site, west of O’Hara Avenue,
• Provide for a trail along the railroad tracks and provides several links to it from the subdivision,
• Provide for enough reserved open space to allow for the future under crossing of the railroad tracks for Grant Street,
• Provide pedestrian access from within the subdivision to the school site,
• Provide cul-de-sac access for the six existing lots along the old Sand Creek Road, located on the southern border of this project.

On May 23, 2003 Braddock and Logan returned to the Subcommittee with a new map addressing all of the Subcommittee’s previous concerns and was given the approval to proceed to the full City Council for final RGMP allotment approval.

The General Plan policy for this area is to provide compatible uses adjacent to the existing larger lots along the easterly and southerly boundaries of this project. The suggested land use breakdown with density, as stated in the General Plan, is as follows:

• Low Density Residential (1–5 du/ac, midrange 3 du/ac) – roughly 100 acres (100 - 500 du, midrange of 300 du)
• Very Low Density Residential (1 – 3 du/ac, midrange 2 du/ac) – roughly 35 acres (35 – 105 du, midrange of 70 du)

The General Plan’s midrange unit per acre count would allow for a total of 370 units, the applicant is proposing to build 311 units or 59 units under the midrange.

The project was awarded 100 points by the RGMP Committee and received the bulk of its points in the evaluation categories of affordable /special housing needs, amenities and infrastructure improvements both on-site and off-site, infill development, and design quality. The applicant is providing a 12 acre site for the Elementary School District within the subdivision. They have also committed to provide the needed infrastructure (access roads, sewer, water and utilities) for the school site and to meet the School District’s construction timetable.

FISCAL IMPACT
Fiscal impact to the City would be positive. The economist for the General Plan believes we need to grow to our build out population in order to attract quality economic development, jobs and businesses. This development would help to reach the buildout population of the General Plan and increase the overall economical viability of the City.

ATTACHMENTS
1. Resolution
2. Memorandum from Staff to the RGMP Committee dated February 27, 2003.
3. Table showing Status of RGMP Allocated Units
4. Master Site Plan Map

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD FOR AN ALLOCATION OF 311 DWELLING UNITS, OVER A 2 FISCAL YEAR PERIOD, TO BRADDOCK AND LOGAN, SERVICES, INC. IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR THE RESIDENTIAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (RGMP) FOR THE CYCLE ENDING NOVEMBER 30, 2002.

WHEREAS, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2326 adopting a Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP) to provide for the review and evaluation of residential growth in the City of Brentwood on July 6, 2001, and effective July 1, 2001; and

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2363, amending Resolution No. 2326, and on November 26, 2002, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2752 amending Resolution No. 2326, of the RGMP; and

WHEREAS, the RGMP provides for the submittal of applications for dwelling unit allocations in three separate cycles during the fiscal year, beginning in July, with the first submittal deadline being July 30; and

WHEREAS, an application was submitted by Braddock and Logan Services, Inc., for 311 dwelling units on November 27, 2002; and

WHEREAS, Staff reviewed said application with respect to the criteria established by the RGMP and recommended a specific point total be awarded; and

WHEREAS, Staff prepared a memorandum to the RGMP Committee including the recommended point total and corresponding rationale for awarding said points based in part on information submitted by the applicant in support of its application; and

WHEREAS, the RGMP Committee conducted a noticed public meeting on February 27, 2003, April 27, 2003 and May 22, 2003 to consider Staff's recommendation after reviewing the memorandum from Staff and all available information related to the application; and

WHEREAS, the RGMP Committee recommended to the City Council that the application receive a total of 100 points; and

WHEREAS, a minimum of 100 points is needed to receive an allocation and the applicant was notified of the point total recommended by the RGMP Committee; and

WHEREAS, on August 12, 2003, the City Council held a public hearing and reviewed all available information, including the application, correspondence from the applicant, Staff's memorandum to the RGMP Committee, the report prepared by Staff to the Council on the recommendation of the RGMP Committee, and public testimony; and

WHEREAS, consideration of this application is determined to be covered by the general rule that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. In this case, where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA (CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3)), in that any granting of an allocation for dwelling units will need to be followed by an appropriate Tentative Subdivision Map application to receive an actual entitlement, including the appropriate level of environmental review in compliance with CEQA.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby finds and determines as follows:

Section 1. The foregoing recitals and Staff report statements are found and determined to be true and correct.

Section 2. The City Council finds that Braddock and Logan Services, Inc., has achieved 100 total points which is the minimum required total and grants the requested allocation of 311 dwelling units in accordance with its application and the following proposed off-site improvements:

1. Provide the School District with enough acreage for the required number of buildings needed to construct an elementary school and provide a finished school site (i.e pad, roads, sewer and water) in order to meet the School District’s construction timetable,

2. Redesign the map to eliminate the road which would have created a short cut through this development between the extension of Grant Street and the new O’Hara Avenue,

3. Relocate Anderson Lane along the easterly property line of this project and to serve as the main entrance road for the school site,

4. Create a four acre park site, east of O’Hara Avenue and a one acre park site, west of O’Hara Avenue,

5. Provide for a trail along the railroad tracks and provides several links to it from the subdivision,

6. Provide for enough reserved open space to allow for the future under crossing of the railroad tracks for Grant Street,

7. Provide pedestrian access from within the subdivision to the school site,

8. Provide cul-de-sac access for the six existing lots along the old Sand Creek Road, located on the southern border of this project.

Section 3. The City Council finds that this action is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines, and directs Staff to file the Notice of Exemption with the County Clerk.

PASSED AND ACCEPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at their regular meeting of August 12, 2003, by the following vote:



 

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