“Antioch has no interest in adding to their big footprint,” she said. 14A | WWW.THEPRESS.NET Opinion. 6 | COMMUNITY WWW.THEPRESS.NET NOVEMBER 1, 2019. “Without substantial infrastructure upgrades, this project could have a negative impact on our operations due to the increased traffic congestion, which could lead to a potential increase in traffic collisions, increased response times, delays in emergency services; and a negative impact on the safe movement of people, services, and commerce within our jurisdiction,” the letter reads. welcome to “None of us like to see rooftops. The “Yes” side seems to think Measure L is the best thing since sliced bread and … Editorial: Brentwood should reject sprawl; vote no on Measure L Ballot measure in special Nov. 5 election would bust the city’s growth boundary for 2,400 new homes The first misunderstanding is the premise that, “if Brentwood voters don’t vote to expand the ULL, then the land encompassed by Measure L can never be developed.” This is patently false. About 200 more acres near the property, west of Deer Valley Road — described by Save Mount Diablo as a rocky area of large oaks, separating Antioch and the Lone Tree Valley/Sand Creek area from Brentwood and Horse Valley — will be excluded from development, and another 1,360 acres of open space and recreational trails, up Marsh Creek, on the slopes of Mount Diablo, will be granted to the land trust and conservation organization. The proposed measure — spearheaded by a group of local developers, including longtime Brentwood farmer and developer Ron Nunn — would move the mark at which urban development must stop, clearing the way for a proposed 815-acre project of up to 2,400 residential units (at least 80% age-restricted, active adult-specific), with other elements, situated north of Balfour Road, east of Deer … The California Highway Patrol, in a letter to the city in response to the notice of preparation of the environmental document, expressed its belief that infrastructure improvements need to be implemented to increase the vehicular volume capacity of State Route 4. (Photo by Stephen Joseph) Why Save We need a better plan if we are ever going to expand outward.”. Diablo should butt out. Lastly, Measure L makes their development plan law, thereby bypassing Brentwood residents, the Planning Commission and our City Council - basically they get to control everything their way. “‘The bottom line is …. An additional $1.5 million in district funds would be generated annually through a community facility district fee of no less than $650 per household, along with $2.5 million expected to roll in yearly through property taxes — both of which combined are expected to cover the new station’s estimated $4 million a year operating costs. News of the deal months ago raised immediate criticism from the measure’s opponents, including the nonprofit land-conservation and urban-planning organization Greenbelt Alliance, and environmental organization The Sierra Club. The measure – spearheaded by a group of local developers, including longtime Brentwood farmer and developer Ron Nunn – would move the mark at which urban development must stop, clearing the way for a proposed 815-acre project of up to 2,400 residential units (at least 80% age-restricted, active adult-specific), along with other elements, situated north of Balfour Road, east of Deer Valley Road and west of the Shadow Lakes and Brentwood Hills neighborhoods. “Why do they think the world has to stop building houses? Measure L. A Special Election will be held on November 5, 2019, regarding the following: “Vineyards at Deer Creek Voter Initiative” – Measure L. On April 8, 2019, the City Clerk’s office received a Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition titled “Vineyards at Deer Creek Voter Initiative”. Regionally, the analysis indicates that the additional homes would contribute less-than-significant impacts to key regional intersections, looking far into the future: Sand Creek Road at the State Route 4 eastbound Ramp; Sand Creek Road at the State Route 4 westbound Ramp; Walnut Boulevard at Vasco Road; and Camino Diablo Road at Vasco Road. Sunny and windy. Diablo. Contacts: Tom Koch, Y es on F (925) 634-4200. Brentwood gets to decide how and when infrastructure gets proposed and reap the benefits of all the economic development opportunities, the building permits, sales tax, property tax, jobs, everything.”, Griffin, however, called the promise to seek Antioch’s approval if Measure L fails, a “bogus threat.”. Likely mitigation measures include median improvements, signal timing changes, intersection alternations and additional roadway changes. Three years later Pittsburg residents passed Measure P, which extended the boundary to allow about 2,000 homes on 1,372 acres, and in 2011 they approved another boundary line extension to allow 1,000 homes on 194 acres. 14 | www.thepress.net november 1, 2019. if measure l fails, antioch could annex 815 acres next to brentwood. Usually it works! Measure L is about local control of future growth. Future of Brentwood’s western edge in voters’…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), The Latest: VP talks up ‘American aspiration’ in 1st speech, Future of Brentwood’s western edge in voters’ hands with Measure L. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! The open space currently lies on the county side of the boundary, off-limits to residential development. An independent analysis of the project – slated to be constructed over 20 to 25 years – found that, at buildout, the additional residents could generate 14,970 daily vehicle trips. The special election is set for Nov. 5. Opponents, however, say the project is too massive and could pave the way for other developers to push for similar boundary changes, gobbling up open space and leading to more urban sprawl. In Antioch, residents opened up 1,050 additional acres for development by extending the urban boundary through passage of Measure K. The Ginochio-Blackhawk-Nunn development team says Vineyards at Deer Creek is different than the others because it would be built over two decades, and 80 percent of the homes would be restricted to older residents. … They need American Avenue and Balfour Road widened for the students to be safe. But they can’t do a thing unless city residents on Tuesday approve a ballot measure that would allow Brentwood to expand its urban boundary about a mile westward to encompass the 815-acre development site. OCTOBER 25, 2019 “We knew this would be controversial, but our entire history is a race for acres and creating balance,” Adams said. “This is not how cities should be planned,” said Amanda Brown-Stevens, CEO of San Francisco-based Greenbelt Alliance. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.. The so-called Vineyards at Deer Creek subdivision primarily would house people 55 and older. Your Hometown Weekly Newspaper. Beckstrand said safety is the main issue, and the project calls for three crucial road fixes, utmost among them the promised American Avenue extension that would loop behind Heritage High and back to Balfour Road to give the school better emergency services access. In addition to homes, it would feature 225 acres of open space, 20 acres of commercial space that could include senior care facilities, and 15 acres of recreation amenities, including small farm plots for residents and an outdoor amphitheater. High 74F. Furthermore, she believes the planned roadway fixes — such as the American Avenue extension — aren’t remedies at all, and traffic matters are already set to skyrocket when the future Los Medanos College opens, increasing traffic impacts on Vintage Parkway, Fairview Avenue and the State Route 4 Bypass. Inauguration Day: No violence, just quiet reflection as Bay Area welcomes Biden-Harris era, Walnut Creek restaurants, bars can receive thousands in COVID-19 relief grants, Coronavirus: Record deaths in California as other metrics improve, Contra Costa settles suit alleging deputies showed up at wrong home, arrested boyfriend of woman who called 911 on fighting neighbors. Kyle Szymanski, The Brentwood Press, October 24, 2019. Among those who support the project is Save Mt. Sinziana Todor is one of those residents opposed to Measure L, which would expand Brentwood’s urban limit line and allow a developer to build 2,400 new homes on … San Ramon residents in 2002 approved Measure P, which virtually excluded the Tassajara Valley from development. Measure L provides millions to our local fire district and road repairs to improve traffic flow and safety. “Every time they (seniors) come out to Brentwood, they release a house in San Leandro, Oakland and other parts of the Bay Area for a younger person to occupy for a shorter commute,” he said. Griffin, founder of the Alliance for a Better Brentwood coalition, fought the last attempt in 2010 to push the urban limit line boundary. “I worked on an ambulance in this area for a couple of years, and I can tell you we got stopped so many times trying to get to Brentwood, and out on Marsh Creek, it took us a long time,” said project opponent Jon Harvey. A $2,333 fee would also be assessed on the project’s first 1,500 homes, and would cover equipment, training and other associated needs to deploy the new station. A “Yes on Measure L” sign was torn down and vandalized late Nov. 4 or early Nov. 5 on Balfour Road in Brentwood. Local coalition of Brentwood neighbors and community groups advocating to protect Brentwood's community feel and farmland. Nestled within the project plans are promises to improve American Avenue and Balfour Road, as well as verbiage offering provisions for Deer Valley Road amendments. It will provide nearly $200,000,000 for fire protection, schools and city services, protect over 1,700 acres of open space in perpetuity and fund key traffic and road safety improvements, all at no cost to local taxpayers. The measure – spearheaded by a group of local developers, including longtime Brentwood farmer… On Tuesday, Contra Costa County Elections released its first round of election results on Brentwood Measure L which showed 70.27% of Brentwood voters rejected the measure … It makes everyone cringe — I understand that — but people haven’t stopped having babies and so they still need houses. The developers have committed to commencing these improvements early in the project, before the issuance of any first-phase building permits. “Development pressure means development is going to happen. Read our plans for fire safety, road safety and open space below: Fire Safety Plan Open Space Plan Traffic Plan In 2005 Brentwood voters defeated Measure L, which would have expanded the urban limit line to the north, and then in 2006 approved a measure that reaffirmed the city's existing (and still current) urban limit line. A senior community means less students to Brentwood schools, less crime and less rush-hour traffic. SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 WWW.THEPRESS.NET. Jovita Mendoza, The Brentwood Press, September 19, 2019 Original link Editor: Every week, we are seeing articles regarding the ballot Measure L. I am very opposed to this development and will be voting NO. If Measure L does not pass, the developers say they will take their project to Antioch. Kyle Szymanski, The Brentwood Press, October 24, 2019 Original link Photo courtesy of Metro Creative As decision day for Brentwood’s Measure L draws closer, The Press is taking a comprehensive look at the decisive issues that could determine the initiative’s fate. “We ultimately had to reroute; call in resources to come in from the other side. We try to guide, vindicate and balance it.”. They also question whether the suggested 225 acres preserved on the Measure L property will truly be open space, since it will be situated amongst homes, and they wonder why Save Mount Diablo is OK with a housing project across the street from the future Deer Valley Regional Preserve. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Greg Robinson, publisher of the Brentwood Press, discusses Measure L and the development of the Vineyards at Deer Creek with developers Matt Beinke and Bob Nunn from Blackhawk Nunn Partners. Plus, it’s the area’s only proposed project geared toward the fastest-growing segment of the community. East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Agrees: MEASURE L WILL BUILD A NEW. “They don’t bother to tell you that about half of those trips they are counting are within the community, and they don’t bother to tell you that the amount of trips that take place at peak hour are significantly less than a normal community. EDITORIALS, LETTERS & COMMENTARY Wetlands on or near the property will also be preserved, along with heritage-sized oaks on the northeast corner of the subject property. Former vice mayor Annette Beckstrand disagrees. allianceforabetterbrentwood.org, Ad paid for by Brentwood Alliance Against Measure L; committee with major funding from the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council. “We don’t need this massive inappropriate, invasive plan right now. Brentwood, CA (94513) Today. East Contra Costa Fire Protection District leaders confirmed in September that the project’s effect on the already resource-stretched district will be mitigated through an $11 million memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the development group and district, which includes funding for a new fire station, equipment and personnel, if the initiative is approved. In Brentwood, the urban boundary was set by voters in 2006. A parcel of land covered by oaks just west of Deer Valley Road near Brentwood is one of the areas that would be protected if Measure L passes. A survey it did in 2017 found 293,100 acres of farms, ranches and natural lands across the Bay Area are at risk of development because of a combination of factors such as availability, relatively low land costs and cities’ lax growth policies. Politicians manipulate weary voters with an onslaught of misleading ads in the local press, ad inserts, election signs, and a barrage of deceptive mailers. And since Antioch has different rules and needs, the project might not be the same as the one proposed now, Beinke said. She says ranchette estates would be a better transition to narrow Deer Valley Road and the East Bay Regional Parks area to the west. 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