BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood officially adopted its new blueprint for growth and development over the next two decades with the completion of the 18-month General Plan process.
"This has been an open, transparent and meaningful process," said Ben Ritchie of De Novo Planning Group, the project's consultant, during a Tuesday Brentwood City Council meeting when the General Plan was formally approved.
The planning and growth document calls for the preservation of agricultural areas and the protection of hillsides and ecosystems. Main themes of the document include maintaining Brentwood's agricultural roots, family-oriented environment and strong sense of community.
"I don't think the public could imagine the countless hours spent to keep this project on course," said Brentwood Community Development Director Casey McCann. "There is a lot of work still to be done. We will remain focused to ensure this plan is implemented over time."
Brentwood resident Carissa Pillow said the finished document reflects the concerns of the community and maintains a balance with responsible growth and fiscally sound plans. Pillow was a member of the General Plan working group that led the entire drafting process.
"Your diligence and efficiency in updating and polishing our General Plan was greatly appreciated by land owners, business owners and residents," she said. "I believe that the working group worked very hard to make sure that the ag land that needed to be protected was protected."
Throughout the process, residents and various stakeholders had an opportunity to weigh in on the document's land use, infrastructure, open space, design, circulation and safety guidelines through multiple workshops and public meetings.
Although a majority of the recent public comments on the General Plan agreed that it balanced development, open space and quality of life, some residents were still concerned.
"I urge you to seriously consider building up the areas that you have already built in and not spreading out," local resident Cheryl Bauer said. "When you spread out too much and bring too many people together, you lose the sense of community that you have now in Brentwood."
Councilman Steve Barr was a leader of the working group and said that there was never any consideration of expanding the city limits into the protected agricultural core area surrounding Brentwood.
"It is a general guideline to where we think the city should go over a period of time," said Councilman Erick Stonebarger. "It is a great guiding document."
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