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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 20

Meeting Date: March 9, 2004
Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution on the Extension of the Measure C Sales Tax

Prepared by: Mitch Oshinsky, AICP, Community Development Director

Submitted by: Mitch Oshinsky, AICP, Community Development Director

RECOMMENDATION
That Council adopt the attached resolution supporting the reauthorization of the Measure C Sales Tax, and recommending to CCTA expenditure alternative A, with the addition of 1% allocation for pedestrians, bicycles and trails projects, with the cost to be removed from the “other” category and, with the addition of funds for express bus service, with the cost to be removed from the trip reduction/TDM and “other” categories; and growth management option 3 including the performance standards of growth management option 1.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On September 9, 2003 Council adopted Resolution No. 2979 (attached), conditionally supporting the process to place the reauthorization of Measure C on future ballots. The conditional support, as stated in the Resolution is as follows:

“ . . . the current draft of the Measure C extension program contains language calling for Urban Limit Line (ULL) restrictions which Brentwood does not agree with; however, the City of Brentwood conditionally supports the efforts led by CCTA to reauthorize and extend Measure C as a primary funding source for transportation improvements in contra Costa County contingent upon CCTA continuing to provide funding for projects that benefit East Contra Costa County and feels strongly that Measure C funding not be associated in any way with growth management, smart growth or the Urban Limit Line.”

It is also stated in the Council Resolution that:

“ . . . the City of Brentwood agrees to fully participate in the process to renew Measure C and recognizes the equal importance and legitimacy of all the county’s cities, the county, CCTA, stakeholder groups and the general public as a critical part of the process.”

BACKGROUND
CCTA’s proposed expenditure plan alternatives and growth management program (GMP) options are summarized in the attached handout titled "2004 CTP Update and Extension of the Measure C Sales Tax January-February 2004.”

On February 12, 2004 the TRANSPLAN Committee, including Councilmember Beckstrand and Planning Commissioner Schults, unanimously approved expenditure alternative A, with the addition of a 1% allocation for pedestrians, bicycles and trails projects, with the cost to be removed from the “other” category and; growth management option 3 including the performance standards of option 1 (minutes attached).

Staff believes that the vote by TRANSPLAN provides the best transportation funding opportunities to benefit the citizens of Brentwood, and retains the most local control over land use and transportation planning. GMP option 3 provides that local jurisdictions would work to develop a new, jointly established Urban Limit Line.

Therefore, staff and is recommending that Council recommend the same options to CCTA as TRANSPLAN did, with one addition. Until eBART is extended to Brentwood, express bus service from Brentwood to the Bay Point BART station could be an effective means of removing cars from Highway 4, it could help solve the existing parking space shortfall at the BART station, and it would improve upon the existing bus service to BART, which now makes 4 stops before it gets to the 5th stop at the BART station, and takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to travel to or from the Brentwood BART park and ride lot on Walnut and Dainty, to the Bay Point BART station, during peak commute times.

Therefore, staff recommends the addition of funds for express bus service, with the cost to be removed from the trip reduction/TDM and “other” categories, as TDM (transportation demand management) measures, such as car and van pools, are not generally as effective as express bus service in getting people out of their cars.

There are several issues that CCTA staff has raised related to the Measure C reauthorization:
Expenditure Plan - There are three proposed alternatives, A, B and C. In looking at those three, what are the most important investments for the Council? How would they mix and match the projects versus the programs. For instance, if maintaining the 18% level (and no less) in local transportation maintenance & improvements return to source funds is important, this would be important to include.

The Growth Management Program requires local jurisdictions to comply with certain requirements in order to receive funds from the 18%. The main issues are:

Funding Level and Requirements for Receipt - Options have been suggested to reduce funds for local streets and roads to 10%, and/or link only a portion (such as 50%) of those funds to requirements, with the balance flowing automatically to cities and the county.

Affordable housing Provisions - Should the current linkage to compliance with the state's Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) regulations continue or be eliminated? If it is continued, should it be revised, for example to require actual construction of affordable housing?

Urban Limit Line - Should compliance be linked to adherence to an urban limit line? If so, should it be the current county line, or a mutually agreed-upon line between the cities and the county?

Level of Service and/or Traffic Service Objectives - Should attainment of one or both of these "performance standards" be continued, or be eliminated as a requirement?

FISCAL IMPACT
Reauthorization of the Measure C sales tax is critical to funding local and regional transportation improvements. The Council has the opportunity to comment on how those funds should be appropriated, and whether constraints should be tied to funding allocations. The above recommendation would direct the best transportation funding opportunities to benefit the citizens of Brentwood.

Attachments:

2004 CTP Update and Extension of the Measure C Sales Tax January-February 2004
Resolution
Resolution No. 2979
TRANSPLAN minutes excerpt 2/12/04

MO/CCTA.MeasC.Reso.3.9.04

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD RECOMMENDING CERTAIN OPTIONS TO THE CONTRA COSTA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (CCTA) REGARDING MEASURE C EXTENSION.

WHEREAS, Measure C, the Transportation Sales Tax Program passed by the voters of Contra Costa County in 1988, is set to expire on April 1, 2009; and.

WHEREAS, the proposed Measure C extension includes a Transportation Improvement, Expenditure, and Growth Management Plan outlining specific projects, costs and programs; and

WHEREAS, CCTA has implemented a number of the projects and programs included in the original Measure C, resulting in transportation improvements in the County; and

WHEREAS, a number of the projects in Measure C were not fully funded and still require additional funds to be completed, pursuant to the Countywide Transportation Plan (CTP); and

WHEREAS, continued population growth and development in the County and region have added demand to existing road, highways and transit systems; and

WHEREAS, the CTP Update and Extension of Measure C includes transportation improvements that would benefit the citizens of Brentwood, such as Vasco Road, the Highway 4 Bypass, Highway 4 from Loveridge to Highway 160, and eBART; and

WHEREAS, on September 9, 2003 the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2979, conditionally supporting the process to place the reauthorization of Measure C on future ballots; and

WHEREAS, on February 12, 2004 the TRANSPLAN Committee, including Councilmember Beckstrand and Planning Commissioner Schults, unanimously approved expenditure alternative A, with the addition of a 1% allocation for pedestrians, bicycles and trails projects, with the cost to be removed from the “other” category, and growth management option 3 including the performance standards of option 1; and

WHEREAS, CCTA has requested that the City Council of Brentwood support the extension of Measure C and recommend options for the Expenditure Plan and Growth Management Plan; and

WHEREAS, proposed expenditure plan alternative A provides the most funding to projects of benefit to Brentwood citizens; and

WHEREAS, expenditure alternative A lacks funding for pedestrians, bicycles, trails and express bus service, and provision of funds for those items would benefit the citizens of Brentwood; and

WHEREAS, expenditure alternative A provides funds for trip reduction/TDM, such as car and van pools, that are not generally as effective as express bus service in getting people out of their cars; and

WHEREAS, growth management program (GMP) option 3, with the addition of performance standards as provided in option 1, provides the best match for Brentwood, because the City already does an outstanding job of regulating traffic levels of service, transportation planning, capital improvement plan budgeting, and land use planning for jobs, therefore these items are not necessary for inclusion in the GMP, as provided for in option 3; and

WHEREAS, GMP option 3 provides that local jurisdictions would work to develop a new, jointly established Urban Limit Line.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood supports the reauthorization of the Measure C sales tax, and recommends that CCTA select expenditure plan alternative A, with the addition of 1% allocation for pedestrians, bicycles and trails projects, with the cost to be removed from the “other” category and, with the addition of funds for express bus service, with the cost to be removed from the trip reduction/TDM and “other” categories and; growth management option 3 including the performance standards of option 1.

PASSED AND ACCEPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at their regular meeting of March 9, 2004, by the following vote:

AYES:
NOES:
ABSENT:

MO/CCTA.MeasC.Reso.3.9.04
 

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