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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 4

Meeting Date: January 10, 2006

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution accepting the Second Annual Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP) Allocation Recommendation as submitted by the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee for calendar year 2006.

Prepared by: Brian Kelleher, Accountant II

Submitted by: Pamela Ehler, Director of Finance and Information Systems
Howard Sword, Director of Community Development
Bailey Grewal, City Engineer

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution accepting the Second Annual Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP) Allocation Recommendation as submitted by the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee for calendar year 2006.

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 July 6, 2001, the City Council adopted the RGMP through Resolution No. 2326, which was effective July 1, 2001.

On September 14, 2004, the City Council directed staff to amend the proposed 2004 RGMP to address Council concerns.

On October 12, 2004, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2004-242 adopting the 2004 revision to the Residential Growth Management Program (Alternate B) and dissolving the RGMP Council Subcommittee.

On February 8, 2005, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2005-39 adopting the First Annual RGMP Allocation Recommendation as submitted by the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee.

On September 13, 2005, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2005-228 adopting an update to the Residential Growth Management Program (RGMP).

BACKGROUND
Pursuant to the Residential Growth Management Program, the RGMP Annual Allocation Schedule runs with the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. The proposed annual allocation and annual updates to the program will be presented to the City Council by the Finance Director, Community Development Director and the City Engineer (the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee) at the first regularly scheduled Council meeting of each calendar year to ensure that the program remains flexible and adjusts to the needs of the community as it evolves. In no case shall the Directors recommend an annual allocation in excess of 600 units.

The Annual Allocation which may be granted each 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, enabling Brentwood to grow at an orderly, well planned and deliberate pace.

The current RGMP, as amended by the Council last September, sets two dates for review of allocation applications – the second Council meeting in February and the second Council meeting in August. The First Annual RGMP Allocation for calendar year 2005 was set at 433 units. A total of four applications and 420 units were allocated in 2005.

After review and discussion, the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee recommends that the City Council establish the annual allocation for calendar year 2006 at 400 units, which is consistent with Alternate “B”, as approved by the Council in October of 2004.

FISCAL IMPACT
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Attachment:
Resolution
Exhibit A
Appendix 1 (Alternate “B”)

RESOLUTION NO.

APPROVE A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD ACCEPTING THE SECOND ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (RGMP) ALLOCATION RECOMMENDATION AS SUBMITTED BY THE RGMP ALLOCATION RECOMMENDATION COMMITTEE FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2006.

WHEREAS, on February 13, 2001, the City Council directed the City Council Housing Subcommittee and staff to move forward with preparation of the Residential Growth Management Plan (RGMP); and

WHEREAS, on July 6, 2001, the City Council Housing Subcommittee and staff recommended and the Council adopted the RGMP through Resolution No. 2326; and

WHEREAS, on September 14, 2004, the City Council directed staff to amend the proposed 2004 RGMP to address Council concerns; and

WHEREAS, on October 12, 2004, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2004-242 adopting the 2004 revision to the Residential Growth Management Program (Alternate B) and dissolving the RGMP Council Subcommittee; and

WHEREAS, in October 2004, the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee recommended an initial allocation of 433 units (Alternate “B”) for 2005, and by passing Resolution No. 2005-39 on February 8 2005, the City Council adopted the first annual RGMP allocation recommendation for an annual allocation in Calendar Year 2005 of 433 units; and

WHEREAS, on September 13, 2005, City Council approved Resolution No. 2005-228 adopting an update to the Residential Growth Management Program; and

WHEREAS, in December 2005, the RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee met and considered the appropriate number of units to be allocated for calendar year 2006, and now recommends that the City Council establish an annual allocation of 400 units for calendar year 2006; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood approves the RGMP allocation recommendation of 400 units for calendar year 2006.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 10th day of January, 2006 by the following vote:

Exhibit “A”

Second Annual
RGMP Allocation Recommendation

Presented by: RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee:
Pamela Ehler / Howard Sword / Bailey Grewal

Date: December 21, 2005

This Second Annual RGMP Allocation report and recommendation is intended to establish the minimum number of units necessary to promote the public health, safety and welfare, maintain the small-town character and quality of life Brentwood is known for, and in particular, to slow the current rapid growth rate and firmly establish a competition for the available allocations.

As of the writing of this report, there are applications totaling 189 units for allocation in calendar year 2006. Allocations are recommended to be granted in February and August with approximately 50% proposed for each allocation period. In order to ensure a healthy and spirited competition, the first allocation period in February should not provide all of the allocations requested, and should clearly set up further competition for the August period.

The RGMP Allocation Recommendation Committee recommends an initial allocation of 400 units for 2006, which is consistent with Alternate “B”, as approved by the City Council in October of 2004. This allocation volume will not only set up a spirited competition for allocations in February, but also ensure the same in August. Previous entitlements will ensure that far more than the 450 building permits necessary for bond repayment schedules will be issued in 2006. The Committee is concerned, however, that allocating fewer units than Alternate “B” may depress the commercial development momentum in the City and be counter-productive to the program rather than be helpful.

We do not have any recommended revisions or updates at this time to the program, but may return to the City Council with possible updates, or fine-tuning in order to continually improve and perfect the program.

Recommended by the RGMP Allocation Committee:
________________________________________________ _______________
Pamela Ehler, Director of Finance and Information Systems Date
________________________________________________ _______________
Howard Sword, Director of Community Development Date
________________________________________________ _______________
Bailey Grewal, City Engineer Date

Appendix 1

Previous Allocations were on a fiscal year basis. Conversion to calendar year was accomplished by dividing the previous allocation between the two calendar years equally.
 

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