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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2


Meeting Date: June 26, 2006

Subject/Title: Approve one-year extension of the Brentwood Redevelopment Agency’s Project Area Committee to July 9, 2008.

Prepared by: Gina Rozenski, Redevelopment Manager

Submitted by: Howard Sword, Community Development Director


RECOMMENDATION
Approve one-year extension of the Brentwood Redevelopment Agency’s Project Area Committee to July 9, 2008.

PREVIOUS ACTION
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).

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. The amendment included the authority of eminent domain to acquire residential properties within the Redevelopment Project Areas. The amendment was adopted on July 9, 2002, by Ordinance 708.

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.

Community Redevelopment Law (CRL) Section 33386 and the PAC Bylaws provide for the Council and Agency to consult with the PAC for at least three years after the Plan is amended (in this case, July 2002 to July 2005). The PAC is thereafter subject to one-year extensions by the Council.

On January 10, 2006, the City Council approved an extension of Brentwood Redevelopment Agency’s Project Area Committee to July 9, 2006.

On July 25, 2006, the City Council approved a second one-year extension for the Project Area Committee to July 9, 2007.

BACKGROUND
The PAC started meeting in 2002 and has received two annual extensions from the Council. 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 and one residential tenant-occupant vacancy. Shortly after the PAC started, the sitting residential tenant-occupant resigned. Several attempts and 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 of the residential tenants from 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 2 times in 2007, 4 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; and
3. Other matters regarding the Project Areas which may be submitted to the PAC by the Council or Agency.

There has been no Redevelopment Agency project with policy issues that would fall under Item 1 above for the PAC to review. The following are the types of items brought to the PAC by staff for review and information under Item 2:

• Housing projects occurring within the two Project Areas are brought to the PAC to present how the developer proposes to comply with the Community Redevelopment Law’s 15% 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 a staff report to the Agency for consideration.
• The Housing Component of the Agency’s 5-Year Implementation Plan was presented to the PAC.
• The PAC reviewed the Downtown Specific Plan and is following the Brentwood Boulevard Specific Plan since both Plans propose to add new residential units to the Project Areas.
• The Health & Safety Grant Program for lower-income owner-occupants was reviewed by the PAC.

There have been no projects or other matters submitted to the PAC by the Council or Agency for review under Item 3 above.

The Committee’s Bylaws and CRL 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.

Due to redevelopment reform acts and legislation since 1994 that restrict the ability to make the necessary findings and determinations necessary for the adoption of new or expanded redevelopment project areas, it’s unlikely that the Brentwood Redevelopment Agency would add new territory to its existing 1300+ acres of project areas.

The PAC’s first three-year period expired on July 9, 2005. Since then, the Council approved two extensions: the first until July 2006 and the second until July 2007. 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 advise the Council and Agency on policy and legislative matters regarding eminent domain authority of residential parcels.

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, 2008, except staffing costs.
 

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