Brentwood Urban Limit Expansion, Measure F (June 2010)

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A Brentwood Urban Limit Expansion, Measure F ballot proposition was on the June 8, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County, where it was defeated.

Measure F asked whether a new urban limit line should be created by adding 740 acres to an existing boundary on development, and whether zoning should be locked in on about 1,300 new homes.[1]

The 740 acres that were in question lie in between Brentwood and the neighboring town of Antioch. The land was zoned for agricultural uses.[1]

At the time of this election, 29 Bay Area cities had urban growth boundaries and 4 of the Bay Area's 9 counties had voted-approved urban growth limits at the time.[1]

Election results

Measure F
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No5,70257.29%
Yes 4,251 42.71%
These final, certified, results are from the Contra Costa County elections office.

Support

Four of Brentwood's 5 city council members supported Measure F. They believed that more single-family homes must be added to the housing mix in order to solve the Bay Area's future housing needs.

Supporters also said that Measure F would result in an enhanced tax base that would provide money to build roads to two local schools where vehicle access was difficult.

Tom Koch was Measure F's campaign manager. He said, "The opponents generally are anti-growth and live outside the area and fundamentally don't like Brentwood. They think the only thing that works is stacked flats near BART stations, but that doesn't address all of the Bay Area's housing needs."[1]

Opposition

Jeremy Madsen was the executive director of the Greenbelt Alliance, a group that believed in preserving open space, at the time this measure was voted on. He said: "The situation in Brentwood runs contrary to the conventional wisdom that the most economically and environmentally sound development should be infill and transit oriented."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

MEASURE F: "Shall the Initiative Adopting a City of Brentwood Voter Approved Urban Limit Line; Permitting Mixed Use Development; and Providing Funds for Jobs, Sports and Recreational Fields and Public Safety be adopted?"

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