CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: July 25, 2006
Subject/Title: Approve a one-year extension of Brentwood Redevelopment
Agency’s Project Area Committee to July 9, 2007.
Prepared by: Gina Rozenski, Redevelopment Manager
Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director
Approve a one-year extension of Brentwood Redevelopment Agency’s Project
Area Committee to July 9, 2007.
From October to December 2001, the Planning Commission, Brentwood
Redevelopment Agency and City Council took necessary actions to commence a
boundary change 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 PAC started to meet in 2002.
The amendment to the Redevelopment Plans for the Downtown and North
Brentwood Project Areas was adopted on July 9, 2002, by Ordinance 708.
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 started meeting in 2002 and received an extension from the
Council that expires in July 2006.
According to CRL, the PAC shall consist 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 residential tenants
within the two Project Areas.
The PAC is scheduled to meet monthly; however due to lack of quorums or lack
of agenda items, the Committee officially met 3 times in 2006, 7 times in
2005, 4 times in 2004, and 6 times in 2003.
The charge of the PAC is to act as an advisory body to the Brentwood
Redevelopment Agency and Council concerning:
1. 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;
2. Other policy matters affecting the residents of the two Project Areas;
3. Other matters regarding the Project Areas which may be submitted to the
PAC by the Council or Agency.
The Agency has had no projects or programs for the PAC to consider or review
that fall under Items 1 or 3 above. The following are the types of agenda
items brought before the PAC for consideration or information under Item 2:
• 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, such as the Health & Safety Grant Program for
owner-occupants, 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.
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. The Council
approved an extension of the PAC until July 2006. The PAC members wish to
receive another one-year extension from the Council for the purpose of
continuing its review of housing-related projects and programs within the
Merged Redevelopment Project Areas, and to continue to advise the Council on
policy matters such as eminent domain authority of residential parcels.
Staff supports the PAC’s request. If the Council approves a one-year
extension, staff will begin recruitment to fill the two vacancies on the
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, 2007, except staffing costs.