My family and I have owned property that is part of the Measure F initiative for 45 years and I have lived on this property for 35 years. I am one of the five landowners supporting Measure F, as I am directly affected by the future planning of this area. It is the main reason I got involved in Measure F.
I would like Brentwood to control this area’s future. A Yes vote on Measure F would secure this area’s future and allow the City of Brentwood to plan its development. I would also like to see Brentwood benefit from building permits and sales tax revenues, property taxes, jobs, sports fields and safe roadways for our schools and community.
At the end of the day, opposition of Measure F is offering none of these benefits. What they are offering you is something they don’t have control of. The opposition of Measure F wants to save “our green hills.” What they’re not telling you is that these hills are privately owned and have been slated for development for over 20 years.
I understand the concept of “saving our green hills,” but I think many people assume these hills are somehow controlled by the City of Brentwood, because it is in the city’s sphere of influence. In reality, these green hills are outside the city limits. Brentwood has no control over them. What you will really be saving these hills for with a No vote on Measure F is the ability for Antioch or the county to acquire to develop these hills as they see fit.
Is that what you really want to save these hills for? Someone else?
If the voters of Brentwood decide not the acquire this property into their city, the voters will have as much control in the future over these “green hills” as they do now – which is zero.
The opposition has taken issue in the development agreement embedded in Measure F. This agreement provides for a very well-thought-out plan consistent with current Brentwood development. It provides many amenities over and above what is normally required for development projects. Proposed densities for this area would be among the lowest in all of Brentwood. If there were no development agreement in the initiative, I am sure the opposition would be screaming even louder about the unknowns and the possibility of high-density condos or apartments consuming the area.
Your voting decision will carry great weight for the future of this area and who ultimately develops it. I urge you to vote Yes on Measure F – for the future of Brentwood.
Mark Harris, Brentwood