CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: May 8, 2007
Subject/Title: By motion, approve the creation of a standing Agricultural
Enterprise Subcommittee and an ad hoc Agricultural Mitigation
Ordinance/Policy Subcommittee and appoint Vice Mayor Brockman and Council
Member Stonebarger to serve on both subcommittees.
Submitted by: Linda Maurer, Economic Development Manager
Approved by: Donna Landeros, City Manager
By motion, approve the creation of a standing Agricultural Enterprise
Subcommittee and an ad hoc Agricultural Mitigation Ordinance/Policy
Subcommittee and appoint Vice Mayor Brockman and Council Member Stonebarger
to serve on both subcommittees.
On January 23, 2007, the City Council approved the formation of an ad-hoc
Agricultural Enterprise Committee.
The Agricultural Enterprise Committee was originally developed as an ad-hoc
committee to primarily deal with issues pertaining to the City’s
Agricultural Mitigation Ordinance. The committee has met several times and
has made significant progress in addressing issues with the ordinance and
administration of the program, including the discontinuance of ongoing
administrative funding for the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust (BALT).
The City Council decision to discontinue future funding for BALT has created
a number of inquiries to City staff and to the Agricultural Enterprise
Committee regarding current and future conservation easement activities.
City staff believes that these inquiries and discussions about conservation
easements and their values should be handled in a formal, standing committee
setting. Staff recommends maintaining an ad-hoc committee for items relating
to the update of the ordinance, but creating a standing committee for all
other items relating to the City’s Agricultural Enterprise Program.
Further, staff recommends that the assignment of Vice Mayor Bob Brockman and
Councilmember Erick Stonebarger continue on both the ad-hoc committee and
the standing committee to address agricultural issues.