City officials are asking Brentwood residents to weigh in on a document that plots the city's future through three upcoming workshops in November and December.

"The idea is to outline the vision for Brentwood moving forward," Brentwood City Manager Paul Eldredge said.

The purpose of the planned workshops on Wednesday, Thursday and Dec. 12 is to gather information from residents and stakeholders on goals, priorities and preferred land uses for the city. Brentwood's General Plan will undergo a comprehensive update based on this ongoing input, Eldredge said.

"It is the community's vision for how they would like to see the city grow," he said of the General Plan process, which will likely culminate with its adoption in May 2014.

The General Plan is the guiding vision for all of the city's land uses, safety guidelines, noise regulations, infrastructure plans, fiscal sustainability, design, community health and wellness, and economic development, according to the Community Development Director Casey McCann. The last comprehensive update of Brentwood's General Plan took place in 1993.

According to McCann, all of the city's other plans and procedures must be consistent with the Brentwood General Plan. Eldredge added that a General Plan is usually updated every decade or so.

"The General Plan is paramount," McCann said.

The city has retained Sacramento-based De Novo Planning Group to prepare the General Plan update. De Novo will also draft the other environmental documents related to the General Plan.


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"We expect a real high degree of accountability in working with them," said Eldredge of De Novo. "They become an extension of staff."

The upcoming workshops are designed to not only set the foundation for the General Plan process, but also provide residents with an overview of the process and its relevance to the city, McCann noted. In January, the consultants and city staff will start working with a General Plan Working Group consisting of two Brentwood City Council members, two Planning Commission members, one Parks and Recreation Commissioner and four residents.

Throughout the General Plan process, there will be at least four more open houses and meetings for residents. A major focus is for the final General Plan to be clear and to the point.

"A goal is to make sure the document is concise and understandable," Eldredge said.

Reach staff writer Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.

IF you Go
The Visioning Workshops for Brentwood's General Plan are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Community Center, 35 Oak St.; from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane; and from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Community Center.