john fink

John Fink, Brentwood planning commissioner, has resigned from his seat on the commission, effective immediately. Below is his letter of resignation as submitted to Erik Nolthenius, Brentwood planning manager. The letter is posted in its entirety and unedited.


Effective from the date of this letter, I am officially resigning from the Planning Commission of The City of Brentwood.

It has been an honor to serve the almost 10 years that I have been on the Commission and I feel an equal honor to have worked with you and the many members of City Staff along the way. You are all the best in the business.

During the last several weeks, I have found myself in conflict with the Council’s direction regarding development in our City. I understand the need for development and its importance to our financial stability and future economic health. It must be planned well taking into consideration all factors with guidance from the General Plan as well as, and most importantly, input from the citizens of our community. Those citizens, many of whom attended last nights Council meeting, expressed their rightful concerns over the lack of adequate fire safety, the sacrifice of open space and the need for the City to focus more on bringing well paying jobs to Brentwood vs. residential development. Last night’s meeting was another example of a large scale project that will have a major impact on the citizens of Brentwood, and the Council made it clear they had no choice in the matter other than requesting a report for more information and choosing the date for the measure to be on the ballot. I know from experience that meetings and discussions of such projects begin many months prior between the prospective developer, the City and other stakeholders. When you have strong leaders, the wants and desires of those they serve are paramount and clearly expressed. If not, it sends the wrong message to those they serve especially when it gets to the point where the Council has to justify to its electorate they have “no choice in the matter”. Therefore, I feel that my position is in conflict with the Council and I am obligated to step down.

I wish to thank you and staff again for all of the hard work that you have done and will continue to do.


John D. Fink