BRENTWOOD -- Leaders here set the stage last week for future development of 63 homes, high-density senior apartments and roughly seven acres for retail and assisted-living facilities near an age 55-and-older community.

With little discussion, the City Council approved environmental and zoning plans for nearly 26 acres adjacent to the Summerset II property, located south of Balfour Road between Highway 4 and Summerset Drive.

The proposal by Brentwood Country Club Partners includes retail along Balfour, about five acres of high-density residential in the middle of the site, and about 14.4 acres of homes to the south.

Those homes will act as a buffer between the existing Summerset II neighborhood and incoming development, where traffic will be more intense, assistant planner Tim Nielsen said.

The plans allow for possible assisted living facilities and senior apartments, which members of the nearby Summerset and Trilogy communities have sought for months so loved ones can be close by.

A group of members of the Summerset II Homeowners Association, city staff and the developers met over the past nine months to hash out plans.

Summerset II resident Jim Davis, who served as chairman of the committee, said all parties showed a lot of sensitivity in making the plan work.

"I think this is a great example of how government is supposed to work, which is stay out of the way," Brentwood City Councilman Erick Stonebarger said.

Over the past two decades, the property has been used as a nine-hole executive golf course, driving range and site of a maintenance building.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.

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