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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 19

Meeting Date: September 14, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution Adopting the 2004 Revision to the Residential Growth Management Program

Submitted By: John Stevenson, City Manager
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RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution adopting the 2004 Revision of the Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP), and directing staff to begin processing all unallocated projects through this updated program.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On February 13, 2001, the City Council directed the City Council Housing Subcommittee and staff to move forward with preparation of the RGMP.

On June 27, 2001, the City Council Housing Subcommittee and staff recommended and the Council adopted the RGMP through Resolution No. 2326.

BACKGROUND
At the July 13, 2004 Council meeting, during discussion regarding the RGMP allocations for DeNova Homes, Councilmember Gutierrez commented that all of the allocations had been given for this year, and that she didn’t want to see any more applications before the Council until the program was revised to slow growth.

Staff was already well into the rewrite at that time and had been testing this revised program to make sure it will accomplish the intent of the Council. Staff understands Council’s intent of this revision to be:

1. Slow residential growth to a manageable and sustainable level over the next 15-20 years.
2. Control building permit activity as well as paper lot allocations.
3. Simplify the scoring criteria to remove subjectivity, thereby allowing staff to score the projects, and removing the necessity for a Council Subcommittee review.
4. Elevate the quality of Brentwood residential developments.

This rewrite accomplishes all of these goals. It also sets up an annual review of the numeric goals by the Council and establishes a process by which the staff can annually make suggestions to improve the program.

FISCAL IMPACT
The program calls for 100% cost recovery for processing RGMP allocations, therefore there should be no negative impact. There should be a positive financial impact by way of increasing property values due to elevated development requirements.

Attachments:
Resolution
2004 RGMP
RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTING THE 2004 RESIDENTIAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND DIRECTING STAFF TO BEGIN PROCESSING ALL UNALLOCATED PROJECTS THROUGH THIS UPDATED PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the City Council adopted the original RGMP through adoption of Resolution 2326 on June 27, 2001; and

WHEREAS, the purpose and intent of the Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP), is to moderate the effects of growth, and synchronize residential growth with infrastructure, and municipal and public safety services, and total population available under the City’s General Plan; and

WHEREAS, the RGMP is one of the growth management techniques contained in the General Plan Update, which is intended to help achieve the above stated purpose and intent; and

WHEREAS, The RGMP Annual Allocation of housing units which may be granted each fiscal year will be consistent with the annual number of dwelling units necessary to promote the public health, safety and welfare by maintaining the small town character and quality of life of Brentwood, and its open spaces and generally low density of population, and to help ensure growth at an orderly, well planned and deliberate pace; and

WHEREAS, the RGMP is also intended to ensure the adequate provision of vital life safety public services including fire and paramedic protection per the “Fire Protection Services for the City of Brentwood Strategy for the Future” report dated December 1998; and

WHEREAS, overly rapid growth adversely impacts public resources, services and facilities, such as parks, open space, police and fire service, roads and utilities; and

WHEREAS, adoption of the RGMP 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 the RGMP will only serve to advance prudent growth controls and management, and promote better forms of development; and

WHEREAS, the 2004 RGMP establishes an annual review of the program just like the CIP, Development Fee Program and Budget; and

WHEREAS, the 2004 RGMP sets up a staff RGMP Evaluation Committee which is a five-member team consisting of the Community Development Director, City Engineer, Parks and Recreation Director, Police Chief, and Assistant City Manager or their designees as approved by the City Manager, which will make recommendations to the Council in January of each year on the proposed number of annual allocations; and

WHEREAS, the 2004 RGMP controls the release of both Tentative Map allocations and building permit releases; and

WHEREAS, the 2004 RGMP raises the bar for development in Brentwood by requiring a higher score and stricter scoring such that developers will have to stretch a little further to reach the threshold; and

WHEREAS, the 2004 RGMP sets up competition between developers for the right to develop which will further raise the bar; and

WHEREAS, the 2004 RGMP accomplishes the Council’s direction to staff of slowing residential growth, removing subjectivity from the scoring system to the maximum extent possible, and removing the need for Council Subcommittee review prior to consideration by the entire Council; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby adopts the 2004 Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP), and directs staff to begin processing all unallocated projects through his updated program.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 14th day of September 2004, by the following vote:

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