CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: January 10, 2006
Subject/Title: Consider the approval of an extension of Brentwood
Redevelopment Agency’s Project Area Committee to July 9, 2006.
Prepared by: Gina Rozenski, Redevelopment Manager
Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director
Consider the approval of an extension of Brentwood Redevelopment Agency’s
Project Area Committee to July 9, 2006.
From October to December 2001, the Planning Commission, Brentwood
Redevelopment Agency and City Council took necessary actions to commence the
preparation of boundary changes and other amendments to the official
Redevelopment Plans for the Downtown and North Brentwood Project Areas.
When adopting or amending a redevelopment plan, the legislative body
(Council) must call upon residents, property owners, business owners and
community organizations to form a Project Area Committee (“PAC”) when the
plan will contain authority for the agency to acquire residential property
by eminent domain (CRL Section 33385a).
On January 22, 2002, the City Council adopted Resolution 2453, approving and
adopting procedures for the formation of and election of members to a PAC
for the Merged Downtown and North Brentwood Redevelopment Project Areas.
On March 26, 2002, the Council approved Resolution No. 2506 finding that
election of members to a PAC was conducted in accordance with adopted
formation procedures, and announced and confirmed the PAC election results.
The amendment to the Redevelopment Plans for the Downtown and North
Brentwood Project Areas was adopted on July 9, 2002, by Ordinance 708.
The charge of the PAC is to act as an advisory body to the Brentwood
Redevelopment Agency and Council concerning:
• Policy matters that deal with the planning and provision of residential
facilities for residents displaced by a project where the Redevelopment
Agency is a project participant;
• Other policy matters affecting the residents of the two Project Areas; and
• Other matters regarding the Project Areas which may be submitted to the
PAC by the Council or Agency.
The Council and Agency shall continue to consult with the PAC for at least
three years after the Plan is adopted or amended, subject to one year
extensions by the Council (Community Redevelopment Law Section 33386 and PAC
The PAC consists of seven members: two residential owner-occupants, two
residential tenant-occupants, two business owners, and one member from a
community organization; in our case, the Chamber of Commerce. The PAC
started with six members, with one residential tenant-occupant vacancy.
Shortly after the PAC started, the sitting residential tenant-occupant
resigned. Public advertisements to fill the two vacancies have proven
unsuccessful; consequently, the two tenant-occupant positions have been
vacant since late 2002. The PAC has operated with five members since then
with no representation from the tenant citizenry within the two Project
The Project Area Committee has been meeting since April 2002. It’s scheduled
to meet monthly; however due to lack of quorums or lack of agenda items, the
Committee officially met 7 times in 2005, 4 times in 2004, and 6 times in
The following are the types of agenda items brought before the Committee for
consideration or information:
• Housing projects occurring within the two Project Areas are brought to the
PAC specifically to present how the developer proposes to comply with the
Community Redevelopment Law’s 15% inclusionary (affordable) housing mandate.
• For the housing projects with proposed financial assistance from the
Housing Set-Aside Fund, a recommendation is formulated by PAC and included
as a standard part of the Agency’s staff report.
• The Housing Component of the 5-Year Implementation Plan is presented to
• The PAC reviewed the Downtown Specific Plan since the Plan proposes to add
new residential units to the Project Area.
• New programs funded by the Housing Set-Aside Fund, such as the Health &
Safety Grant Program, are reviewed by the PAC.
During the last three-plus years, the PAC has reviewed about a dozen housing
projects producing over 300 affordable units, though none displaced existing
residents and none were planned and provided for displaced residents. There
have been no projects or other matters submitted to the PAC by the Council
or Agency for review.
While recognizing that it is not within their authority of review, but out
of general interest, the PAC members inquire about non-redevelopment matters
such as road work, residential subdivisions, traffic control, commercial
development, new stores, etc.
The Committee’s Bylaws provide:
The PAC shall be and remain established throughout the period of preparation
of the amendment to the Redevelopment Plans for the Projects and for a
three-year period after the adoption of the amended Redevelopment Plans,
subject to annual extensions thereafter by the City Council.
The PAC’s first three-year period expired on July 9, 2005. Staff requests
the Council to consider the extension of the Project Area Committee until
July 9, 2006, at which time another extension request will be agendized.
The Redevelopment Agency budget does not contain any direct expenditures or
funds for the PAC. Redevelopment staff acts as secretary and facilitator to
the PAC. There are no fiscal impacts associated with an extension approval
to July 9, 2006, except staffing costs.