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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

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

RECOMMENDATION
Consider the approval of an extension of Brentwood Redevelopment Agency’s Project Area Committee to July 9, 2006.

PREVIOUS ACTION
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.

BACKGROUND
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 Bylaws).

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 Areas.

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 2003.

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.
• 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.

FISCAL IMPACT
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.
 

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