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The Brentwood City Council recently updated its Capital Improvement Program budget, outlining the municipality’s five-year capital planning and infrastructure needs.

The 111-project forecast includes 57 city plans, 20 future improvement objectives and 34 development improvement targets, totaling $212,954,262 in city projects.

“The City’s Capital Improvement Program plans and provides for amenities and infrastructure core to the quality of life,” said Brentwood City Manager Gus Vina in the plan.

About $90 million of the estimated $212,954,262 is expected to be spent on wastewater improvements, with about $70.5 million on roadway enhancements, $28 million on water improvements, $20 million on community facility upgrades and $3.6 million on park and trail enrichments.

At least 10 of the endeavors — including a citywide non-potable water distribution system, roadway improvements and infrastructure additions to a key 431-acre property roughly bounded by Heidorn Ranch Road to the west, Lone Tree Way to the north, Shady Willow Lane to the east, and Sand Creek to the south — are tied to the council’s approved two-year strategic plan and considered priorities. The remaining plans aim at “Bringing Brentwood’s vision to reality,” according to the document.

Projects designated as part of the city council’s two-year strategic plan are included in the document, with other endeavors submitted by project managers to an executive committee, who convene with city finance officials and others to evaluate needs and available funding.

The overall plan is publicly introduced to the city council during a workshop and later formally approved during a city council meeting.

“The preparation of the CIP has been a collaborative effort between staff from all departments that started many months ago, culminating in the document,” said Brentwood Accounting Manager Sonia Agostini

City officials envision using a wide variety of funding sources to pay for the projects, including $84 million in federal and state funds; about $29 million in solid waste, water and wastewater service money; $17.5 million in development impact fees; and $1.6 million in general fund money.

The citywide non-potable water distribution system project, with primary locations including Fairview Avenue, from Grant Street to Balfour Road, and Sand Creek Road, from Fairview Avenue to Brentwood Boulevard, will allow the city to use non-drinking water to irrigate parks and public landscaping. The project is expected to reduce landscape irrigation costs, drinking water usage and lessen the amount of recycled water discharged into Marsh Creek.

The city plans to use a State Water Resources Control Board loan to cover the $8 million price tag of the project included in the city’s 2018/2019-2019/2020 strategic plan.

“Initial estimates are around 80 to 90 million gallons [saved] per year,” said Public Works Director Miki Tsubota. “This will likely increase after the system goes online, as we continue to convert more and more public irrigation areas from potable to nonpotable water.”

The loan, which is expected to be partly offset by a $1,756,650 grant, will be repaid through a variety of sources, including impact fees (garnered from developers to offset development impacts), wastewater enterprise funds and assessment district money.

The enterprise funds are derived from wastewater service fees, and assessment district monies are generated through fees charged to certain individuals to offset nearby park, lighting and landscape costs.

The prioritized infrastructure improvements to the 431-acre property---considered Brentwood’s future job-generating hub and a perfect location for mixed-use development---include replacing the existing Heidorn Ranch Road with a new two-lane section between Old Sand Creek Road and the East Bay Municipal Utility District; extending Jeffrey Way from Amber Lane to Empire Avenue; and widening Lone Tree Plaza Drive between Heidorn Ranch Road and Canada Valley Road.

The work, scheduled for completion in the 2020/2021 fiscal year, is expected to cost $10.7 million, with development impact fees and capital infrastructure funds (money earmarked for non-residential development-related infrastructure projects) funding the work.

Another priority project calls for the city to open a business development center, featuring a co-working space, collaboration opportunities and trainings for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The $335,000 center, slated to open soon at 35 Oak Street, is funded through bond refinance savings.

Other notable projects in the plan include John Muir Parkway extensions; new pool decking at the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex; rehabilitation of the downtown alley on Diablo Way; and new public art.

To view the complete document and project list, visit bit.ly/thepressnet_CIP.

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