CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: December 13, 2005
Subject/Title: Funding the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust for the Second
Half of Fiscal Year 2005/06
Prepared by: Linda Maurer, Economic Development Manager
Denise Davies, Chief Finance Officer
Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director
Adopt a resolution to approve funding from the City’s Agricultural
Administration Fund to the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust for Second Half
of Fiscal Year 2005/06.
On June 14, 2005, the City Council approved a phased funding approach for
the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust. Funding was approved for the first
six months of Fiscal Year 2005/06. This approval set forth certain
conditions for BALT to ensure future funding for its organization and
operation. These conditions were based on substantial progress on the
• Agreement between BALT and the City on a strategy to satisfy the
requirements of AB 1600, which establishes the parameters of a mitigation
• Agreement between BALT, the Chamber of Commerce and the City on a strategy
to coordinate a unified regional marketing program;
• Agreement between BALT and the City on a strategy for the acquisition of
permanent agricultural easements that is consistent with the Urban Limit
Line requirements; and
• Agreement between BALT and the City on suggested revisions to the
Brentwood Agricultural Enterprise Program Ordinance that would facilitate
the implementation of BALT’s programs.
Following the approval of the budget in June 2005, City staff and BALT have
made substantial progress on the items outlined above. The City provided
BALT with a staff liaison (the Economic Development Manager) and began
instituting monthly meetings between City staff, a Council representative,
as well as two members of BALT’s board and its Executive Director. These
meetings have proved to be extremely helpful to the overall working
relationship between the City and BALT.
With respect to specific progress, BALT and the City now understand and
agree on the strategy to satisfy the AB 1600 requirements, have discussed at
length the strategy for acquiring agriculture conservation easements, and
will be working on updates to the Agricultural Enterprise Program Ordinance
to encourage conservation.
BALT and the City are working closely on the regional marketing campaign.
More work is needed due to the City’s branding efforts which are currently
underway. After these efforts are completed, work will begin in conjunction
with the Chamber of Commerce to ensure a consistent and unified strategy.
Staff will then return to the City Council with an appropriation request for
$85,000 for regional marketing campaign.
On June 14, 2005 the City Council received a report from BALT that included
its 2004/05 accomplishments and estimating its total expenditures for the
year at $136,909.00. The funding BALT received from the City of Brentwood’s
Agriculture mitigation fees during fiscal year 2004/05 was $175,919.78. BALT
expended $121,929.09 of these funds with $75,457.40 of it used for personnel
expenses and $46,471.69 used for supplies and services. Ninety-seven percent
of the funds were spent on administration while three percent was spent on
land conservation costs for attorney and appraisal fees. As of June 30,
2005, BALT had on its books $78,404.91 of funds received from the City of
Brentwood but not yet expended.
The Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust submitted a two-year budget for
consideration in June 2005 (Exhibit A). On June 14, 2005, it was recommended
by staff that the Council consider a phased funding approach for Fiscal Year
2005/06 and that the funding request for Fiscal Year 2006/07 would require
another written request for that budget cycle.
City staff is recommending that Council approve modified funding for BALT
for the second half of Fiscal Year 2005/06. This funding amount does not
include funding for a fee study that staff will bring to Council for
consideration at a later date, a reserve fund and a surplus of unspent City
funds that BALT had received in prior years.
Original Request for BALT: $357,962.00
Less Regional Marketing: ($85,000.00)
Less: Fee Study (25,000.00)
Less: Reserve Fund (37,292.00)
Less: BALT Surplus of City Funds (78,404.91)
If approved by Council, funding for the second half of Fiscal Year 2005/06
would be appropriated from the City’s Agricultural Administration fund,
making the actual appropriation for Fiscal Year 2005/06 $132,265.09.
Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust’s Request for Funding
RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD TO APPROVE FUNDING
TO THE BRENTWOOD AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST FOR THE SECOND HALF OF FISCAL YEAR
2005/06 FROM THE CITY’S AGRICULTURAL ADMINISTRATION FUND.
WHEREAS, on June 14, 2005, the City Council approved a modified, six-month
budget for the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust (BALT);
WHEREAS, the approved budget set forth certain conditions to ensure future
funding for BALT, including substantial progress and agreement on strategies
to satisfy AB 1600 requirements and obtain conservation easements, updates
to the Agriculture Enterprise Program Ordinance, and better coordination on
regional marketing activities;
WHEREAS, substantial progress has been made on all the conditions outlined
WHEREAS, staff is recommending that Council approve a phased funding
approach for BALT, and provide funding for the second half of Fiscal Year
2005/06. This recommendation does not include funding for the regional
marketing program, an agriculture ordinance/fee study that staff will bring
to Council for consideration at a later date, the reserve fund, and a
surplus of unspent City funds that BALT had received in prior years.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of
Brentwood hereby approves funding from the City’s Agricultural
Administrative Fund to the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust for the second
half of Fiscal Year 2005/06, making the actual appropriation for Fiscal Year
2005/06 one-hundred and thirty-two thousand, two-hundred and sixty-five
dollars and nine cents ($132,265.09).
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at
a regular meeting held on the 13th of December of 2005 by the following