Well, (Brian) Swisher and (Annette) Beckstrand have reared their heads once again to challenge Brentwood’s Urban Limit Line (ULL). Funny that I called up a newspaper article from 2005, and it began with their names!
They’ve gathered signatures from unknowing voters in front of Safeway and FoodMaxx to try and break our barrier once again. An article in another newspaper on Feb. 21 regarding the measure to add 740 acres to Brentwood’s western ULL states that “proponents perceive a decline in Antioch’s quality of life and want to ensure that there remains as much open space between the two cities as possible” – flip to page 2 of the article, and lo and behold, nothing has changed – “the measure would limit residential development to 1,300 homes, 200 of which could be multifamily apartments, condos and townhouses.” Furthermore, “possible commercial development, an elementary school and park is part of the Balfour Planning Area Plan.”
I’m sorry, but who do you think you’re fooling? Development of that area of Brentwood is of no benefit to our community, much less open space and wildlife. The poor planning by not one but two school districts does not warrant bulldozing our western hills. Commuters who have no alternative route but west Balfour to Deer Valley/Marsh Creek roads to travel to jobs west of our city (due to the wall you hit on Highway 4) would have road and housing construction in their path for years to come.
In this era of economic uncertainly, Brentwood houses foreclosed on and rented, you think it’s a great idea to build west, and “require builders to do everything in their power to sell their homes only to those who will live in them”? Does this “plan” sound reasonable to you?
The opponents who defeated Measure L in 2005 are still here and ready to go to battle again. Please join me in my strong opposition to expanding Brentwood’s western ULL. To join our coalition, e-mail email@example.com.
Kathy Griffin, Brentwood