High 74F. “You try to get anywhere in this town and you are stuck,” Griffin said. American Avenue, which currently dead-ends in front of Adams Middle School, would be continued west and north to reconnect to Balfour Road, creating a continuous loop road, featuring a landscaped median dividing one travel lane, a parking or bike lane, and a sidewalk in each direction. According to Adams, the 200 acres west of Deer Valley Road, already inside the Antioch urban limit line and zoned for up to 400 homes, will be blocked from development if the measure is approved, becoming part of the eventual 3,000-acre Deer Valley Regional Preserve, while also serving as a visual separator and an open-space corridor, preventing Antioch from expanding south. Diablo. She says ranchette estates would be a better transition to narrow Deer Valley Road and the East Bay Regional Parks area to the west. “All the tortured logic, misrepresentations, and unrealistic expectations put forth by Measure L opponents does not change one plain fact: the Memorandum of Understanding with GBN Partners represents a significant step forward for the fire district,” said Stephen Smith, vice president of the fire board. Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Corp. said he and his partners are committed to the road improvements if the measure passes. Brentwood Measure F Full Text (PDF) The measure – spearheaded by a group of local developers, including longtime Brentwood farmer… 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 … Adams contends that the key piece of property in the deal — 1,360 acres of eventually, publicly accessible lands on the sides of Curry Canyon — has been coveted by his organization since 1971. “We believe that active adult housing is the least impact with the best and biggest benefit to the community as proven with the Summerset and Trilogy (Vineyards at Marsh Creek and Vista Dorado) communities, which we created in Brentwood.”. Brentwood. 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. (Photo by Stephen Joseph) Why Save Former vice mayor Annette Beckstrand disagrees. 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.”. Kathy Griffin The Brentwood Press, October 22, 2019 Original link Editor: Developers once again have caused a huge divide in the concept of the City of Brentwood — this time it’s GBN Partners. But opponents of the project say Save Mt. Diablo called the land a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” of wildlife-rich lands in the Marsh Creek watershed — much more desirable than the Vineyard’s 550 open-space acres adjacent to residential developments. Seth Adams, Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation director, regards this deal as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: giving up about 590 acres of fragmented property surrounded by roads — squarely in the path of development — already bordered on three sides by development and with minimal wildlife value, in exchange for preserving almost three times as much property (1,785 acres) of visually appealing resource- and wildlife-rich lands in the Marsh Creek Watershed. Brentwood, CA (94513) Today. Your Hometown Weekly Newspaper. Diablo is not allowed to bargain on our behalf — gaining property for Clayton — to throw us under the bus,” said Kathy Griffin, who has galvanized a large group of residents and open-space advocates to fight Measure L. “The main opposition we have to the project is it’s just not the right plan for the particular parcel,” Griffin said. Standing in the way of the development is a determined coalition of local residents and different environmental groups. Brentwood’s Measure L, a developer-backed initiative to move the city’s urban limit line to accommodate a 815-acre project of up to 2,400 residential units north of Balfour Road, appears to be defeated, according to the Contra Costa County Election Division’s unofficial final results. 12A | WWW.THEPRESS.NET Opinion EDITORIALS, LETTERS & COMMENTARY. For more information on the Measure L election, visit www.bit.ly/2VMLi1T. We don’t want to see critical open space lost to sprawl development. 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. 94513 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. Your Hometown Weekly Newspaper. The special election is set for Nov. 5. Wetlands on or near the property will also be preserved, along with heritage-sized oaks on the northeast corner of the subject property. “Why do they think the world has to stop building houses? 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. It makes everyone cringe — I understand that — but people haven’t stopped having babies and so they still need houses. Usually it works! 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 … San Ramon residents in 2002 approved Measure P, which virtually excluded the Tassajara Valley from development. 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”. “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. Diablo should butt out. Balfour Road, meanwhile, would be expanded from two to four lanes in phases, from the existing eastern American Avenue intersection, west to the new western American Avenue intersection, and further expanded into a three-lane, arterial roadway, from the new Balfour Road and American Avenue intersection, to Deer Valley Road. Kyle Szymanski, The Brentwood Press, October 24, 2019. Likely mitigation measures include median improvements, signal timing changes, intersection alternations and additional roadway changes. 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. It will preserve over 1,700 acres of open space, create jobs and support local schools. Furthermore, some are bothered that the 1,360 promised acres at the center of the deal aren’t in Brentwood. Judith Prieve is an East Bay journalist. Measure L has a detailed plan to provide more than $200 million in public benefit for Brentwood. “We have 28 housing projects in various stages of development in this town,” Griffin added. 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. Plus, it’s the area’s only proposed project geared toward the fastest-growing segment of the community. 6 | COMMUNITY WWW.THEPRESS.NET NOVEMBER 1, 2019. We need a better plan if we are ever going to expand outward.”. “It’s the most important wildlife land in the county that is not already protected,” Adams said. The deal binds the development group to construct and deed to the district an estimated $6.5 million engine station at the start of the 601st home’s construction — either on a two-acre plot within the development, or at another district-chosen location — and also pay the agency $1 million at the start of the project. The open space currently lies on the county side of the boundary, off-limits to residential development. Politicians manipulate weary voters with an onslaught of misleading ads in the local press, ad inserts, election signs, and a barrage of deceptive mailers. 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. “We knew this would be controversial, but our entire history is a race for acres and creating balance,” Adams said. “All of those roadway improvements either get built, completed or improved through Measure L,” Beinke said. 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. “It’s planned growth and an area of needed infrastructure improvements that only get done with growth, so what better way to accommodate that than with a low-impact community like an active-adult community?” Nunn said. The developers have committed to commencing these improvements early in the project, before the issuance of any first-phase building permits. 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. Who knows what the losses were from those time delays?”. All land parcels involved in the deal are owned by the Ginochio family. 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. Measure L provides millions to our local fire district and road repairs to improve traffic flow and safety. The development group has also stated plans to provide funds for Deer Valley Road improvements, although the timing and alterations will be complicated due to the road being under the jurisdiction of the city of Antioch and unincorporated Contra Costa County. Sunny and windy. “The traffic study shows 14,970 daily vehicle trips, but the opposition doesn’t bother to tell you that that is 25 years from now at buildout,” he said this week. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has worked as a reporter, features editor and assistant metro editor at newspapers in Wisconsin and Northern California and has been at what is now the Bay Area News Group for more than 25 years. “It’s a nice project, and it would be very nice for Brentwood,” Ron Nunn said of the plan, noting there aren’t similar large-acreage properties where someone could develop a single, gated project of such scale. Across the road, another 200 acres of rocky, low-ridge land with oak trees also would be preserved. In turn, if Measure L is approved, the annexation of the county land would provide a 14 percent tax rate allocation for the fire district, resulting in additional revenues of $2 million annually. “It’s a good tradeoff.”. Isn’t that a good thing?’” said Griffin. The materials associated with this process are linked below: … They need American Avenue and Balfour Road widened for the students to be safe. “Development pressure means development is going to happen. “Save Mt. Kathy Griffin, The Brentwood Press, September 19, 2019 Original link Editor: Brentwood Alliance Against Measure L would like to inform the public what really happened after Bob Nunn sued our campaign over one rebuttal statement regarding school funding, the statements you’ll see in your official ballot pamphlet. yesonlforbrentwood.org. SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 WWW.THEPRESS.NET. A “Yes on Measure L” sign was torn down and vandalized late Nov. 4 or early Nov. 5 on Balfour Road in Brentwood. Measure L would have protected three times as much land, three square miles (1,785 acres) of the Marsh Creek watershed as would have been developed. OCTOBER 25, 2019 Read our plans for fire safety, road safety and open space below: Fire Safety Plan Open Space Plan Traffic Plan School board declines position on Measure L by Kyle Szymanski Staff Writer Collectively, the opposition questions why Save Mount Diablo is bargaining on behalf of all East County residents, who are left with 2,400 unnecessary housing units if the measure is approved. The donated land would include 720 acres encompassing Rhine Canyon and 640 acres at Windy Point and Sulphur Springs. The Vineyards would occupy the decades-old Ginochio family land at the northeast corner of Balfour and Deer Valley. 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. Brought by longtime local farmer-developer Ron Nunn, his son Bob Nunn and partners Blackhawk Corp. and the Ginochios, Measure L would allow them to build the homes on property owned by the Ginochio family. “It’s too massive, too invasive, and it’s going to cause a lot of traffic and congestion.”. “We generally believe that in the Bay Area, we don’t need to push further out to building the housing we need; it can be done within our cities and towns. “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. A senior community means less students to Brentwood schools, less crime and less rush-hour traffic. 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. “Contra Costa County could be considered ground zero” in the fight over urban limit lines across the Bay Area, Greenbelt Alliance says on its website. “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. 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. Griffin, founder of the Alliance for a Better Brentwood coalition, fought the last attempt in 2010 to push the urban limit line boundary. This view is Roddy Ranch and Deer Valley, with Horse Valley at left and Brentwood in the distance. Seth Adams of Save Mt. 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