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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 14

Meeting Date: April 11, 2006

Subject/Title: Informational report on the proposed work plan and schedule prepared by staff for completion of the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan

Prepared by: Erik Nolthenius, Senior Planner

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director

RECOMMENDATION
Review the informational report on the proposed work plan and schedule prepared by staff for completion of the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On February 2, 2004, staff held a Community Workshop at the Brentwood Community Center to discuss the Downtown Specific Plan, Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan, and Empire Triangle areas.

On May 24, 2005, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a professional services agreement with Freedman Tung & Bottomley to (1) bifurcate the completion of the Downtown Specific Plan from the completion of the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan; (2) eliminate the preparation of a specific plan for the Empire Triangle area; and (3) add Special Planning Area B to the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan.

On June 29, 2005, staff held the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan Community Workshop located at the Brentwood Community Center. The workshop was attended by consultants Freedman Tung & Bottomley as well as Gruen Gruen + Associates.

On August 10, 2005, the City held the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan Joint City Council and Planning Commission Workshop located at the Brentwood Community Center to discuss the future development. The workshop was attended by consultants Freedman Tung & Bottomley as well as Gruen Gruen + Associates.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
This is a comprehensive work plan and schedule for completion of the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan, with an achievable time frame for each of the various tasks.

ANALYSIS
Since the end of December last year, staff has been working on its own with respect to the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan (BBSP), given the work that had been done to that point by the consultant that was originally hired by the City. It became apparent to staff at that time that a different approach was needed in order to appropriately assess such things as future land use and circulation within the BBSP area, as well as adequately involve affected members of the public, thereby lengthening the amount of time needed to complete it and present it to the Planning Commission and City Council for consideration.

This approach includes conducting a thorough series of data collection exercises, such as developing an existing land use inventory, soliciting input from larger (five-plus acres) property owners as to their ultimately desired land uses, identification of infrastructure and amenity needs, etc. Staff has recently completed the bulk of this process, which will help to ensure that the BBSP is not only comprehensive in nature, but that it can be easily implemented as well.

As a result, the original timeline that was established for completion of the BBSP (spring or summer of this year) cannot be achieved. To that end, staff has prepared a work plan and schedule for completion of the BBSP that shows (in somewhat general terms) the various steps that need to be taken and the approximate time frame for each. Staff believes that this approach, which includes relying heavily on property owner input and the public participation process, and corresponding schedule will result in a well-designed specific plan that will benefit the entire City.

FISCAL IMPACT
Staff will be contracting with consultants to assist in preparing design guidelines and an Environmental Impact Report for the BBSP, to be funded by the Redevelopment Agency, with the cost for said work still to be determined. Staff intends to place an item on the Agency agenda later this year for approval of professional services agreements to authorize that work, with the cost firmly established at that point. Staff also has an existing agreement with Gruen Gruen + Associates to provide economic expertise relative to the BBSP. All other work will be handled by staff internally, thereby reducing the overall fiscal impact of the project.

Attachment:
Proposed work plan and schedule for the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan
 

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