Editor: Citizens of Brentwood, we need your help to protect our West Brentwood neighbors and all of Brentwood’s quality of life. 

Right now, there is a brazen attempt by SunCoast Properties of Irvine, California, to convert Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes golf courses and open space to high-density residential housing, proposing two- to three-story apartment buildings in west Brentwood. This terrible project will cause dramatic traffic increases around Heritage High, Adams Middle School and Krey Elementary, crush Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes property values and scenic vistas, add to alarmingly deficient fire and emergency services and change Brentwood’s quality of life and small-town character forever. 

It should have been rejected, as there is a longstanding rule that California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not apply to projects rejected or disapproved by a public agency; it allows a public agency to reject a project before completing or considering an environmental impact review (EIR). A Los Angeles Court of Appeals decision made clear that a city may stop environmental review midstream and reject a project without awaiting the completion of a final EIR and that if an agency at any time decides not to proceed with a project, CEQA is inapplicable from that time forward. 

SunCoast’s attempt sets a dangerous precedence of letting investment developers or REITs – who self-describe their businesses as buying distressed properties to turn them around thereby making money for their investors – steamroll local governments, established communities and concerned citizens into getting what they want. There are alternatives that SunCoast refuses to consider. Municipal code says this area is to be open space or golf courses. No one can build anything (no, not even if they sell) unless WE let them change our general plan and zoning ordinances.  

Join all in opposition by attending the planning commission hearing on Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m., at Brentwood City Hall, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood. 

For more information, to sign the opposition petition, donate to our efforts or volunteer, please visit www.NoRezoneDRSL.com; or call me, Kathy Griffin, at 925-325-8439. 

Kathy Griffin

Brentwood

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