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#062: Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn Talks Brentwood Measure L

by ECT

On this episode, I chat with Matt Beinke of Blackhawk Nunn on their proposed development in the City of Brentwood which has become Measure L where they would build 2,400 homes (80% being 55+ active living) while preserving open space with Save Mount Diablo.

We get into what this project would accomplish, dispel some of the rumors and online rumblings in an effort to provide accurate and truthful information. Beinke also says if Brentwood says “no”, they are going to Antioch.

Episode Overview:

  • 01:50 – Beinke explains what happens next if Brentwood Measure L Fails. He then gets into what happens if Antioch says no.
  • 03:47 – We chat about Measure L and what it actually does. How did Blackhwak Nunn come up with this specific project which actually began in the late 1980’s.
  • 06:28 – Beinke provides and overview of what Measure L would provide for the City of
  • 09:28 – We talk about how this land is currently unincorporated Contra Costa and its up to Brentwood or Antioch and who wants to control it.
  • 10:20 – We get into Antioch’s urban limit line and The Ranch Project and this assumption Antioch has already said no. Roddy Ranch was approved by voters for 700-800 homes, which is now owned by East Bay Regional Park District—building permits, property tax revenue, sales tax, jobs, infrastructure is now lost.
  • 12:10 – How this project will have no impact on Antioch if approved, this is basically a windfall of unexpected money at millions of dollars. Beinke highlights there is interest and cities would not pass this up due to infrastructure improvements.
  • 14:02 – Beinke explains how the East Contra Costa Fire Department got involved in this project and included with funding and what they get out of project.
  • 19:45 – Beinke explains the California Highway Patrol (CHP) concern and people are taking it out of context and what their letter means in the EIR. Explains it’s a comment letter, which is why the Brentwood Police Officers Association supports Measure L.
  • 22:01 – Brentwood Police Officer Association endorsement, now people in the community have turned nasty towards Brentwood POA. Others are also being attacked for their position on Measure L.
  • 26:20 – Are members of the community of Brentwood overlooking the needs of senior housing?
  • 29:07 – We get into how this 590-home design came about and where it came from and why are people touting this? Beinke explains this property was zoned for 3-houses per acre in 2014 through General Plan Update.
  • 31:20 – with Seth Adams (Save Mount Diablo) confirming this land was always in the plans to be developed for over 30-years, with the city council approving development on the land in 2014, why would Brentwood residents say “no” and basically tell Antioch to take it?
  • 33:30 – Beinke explains the on-site open space on the property within Measure L and what they plan to do with it—explains how this is an open space amenity through the homeowners association.
  • 35:45 – Why should Shadow Lakes residents want this project?
  • 38:20 – American Avenue, what does it get built and is it the first thing to be done in this plan? Beinke says American Avenue and Balfour Road improvements are in phase 1 and will begin immediately. We get into the false bait and switch claims on social media and how a lot of the claims are false because this plan is in the measure and protections are in place. We get into how a strong city council and planning commission become the referees for the project.
  • 41:30 – If Measure L does not pass, Beinke says again they are going to Antioch.
  • 43:25 – I get into how I believe Blackhawk Nunn has been responsible in their developments and communities while protecting open space—Summerset and Trilogy are just two examples. Says most of the homes in Brentwood had to be annexed in like they are trying to do now.
  • 45:55 – We get into the false rhetoric of how adding more housing will lower home values, Beinke breaks down how that is not true.
  • 49:00 – I close by encouraging everyone to get educated on the issue and make an educated decision because its more complex than more houses or vehicles on the road. I encourage community leaders, city council members, planning commissioners and school board members to step up and let the community know where they stand.

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owen Oct 18, 2019 - 6:44 am


Jg Oct 18, 2019 - 10:03 am

I noticed the threat to go to Antioch. That is just rude and disrespectful. Before we add thousands of more cars to our roads, they need to be upgraded and Vasco widened. Also the Byron / Tracy highway needs to be done. Boxing in East County with no escape for a real disaster along with added smog and back up to traffic should be enough for city andee county planners to make this condition before construction. Everyone is tired of clogged substandard roads. Fix this issue then build. Also give the fire district a better deal.

Kim Collins Oct 18, 2019 - 2:20 pm

I didn’t agree with everything in this interview but I appreciate the information provided which is more than I have read in this publication or others. It has given me something to think about. I was going to vote no but now I am not so sure. There was a lot of information and a lot to think about. I am torn because I know this land will be developed and don’t want it to go to Antioch but I dont want this many houses either.

Kevin Mitchell Oct 18, 2019 - 3:01 pm

I enjoyed this interview and confirmed my opinion on Measure L. It made my mind up when I hear it explained the way he did about AppleHill, Trilogy and Summerset. The no people are just an angry mob and are going off emotion, not common sense or reality. Anyone who disagrees with them they attack and try and hurt. I know I won’t be voting for John Fink in any future election. I have no respect for him. Brentwood should want to keep control.

MEV Oct 18, 2019 - 7:31 pm

Not a good idea to let the City of Antioch get its hands on anything because they failed so miserably at mass transit with that stupid E-FART and everything else they waste money on, like a million dollars to rebrand it and attract business. Try cleaning it up first and then maybe business will come on its own. I was going to vote “no” too but I think Measure L is definitely the lesser of two evils. Antioch has the worst City management I’ve seen.

Vickie Smith Oct 22, 2019 - 1:32 pm

I totally disagree with your response! NO on L is not an “angry mob” not wanting growth, WE are people that prefer “smart growth”! There are no jobs here! We are getting up in 4-5AM to drive Hwy 4 or Vasco for an hour and a half (17 miles) not going over 15 miles an hour to 580, then possibly another hour + to get to work, then turn around and get home at 8PM at night! What “revitalization” does that bring?? Were concerned about improving Brentwood infrastructure. Our our public services, like Fire and Police are already stretched to their limits, with no improvements in sight. I’ve not seen anything about improving roads, even if 50% are seniors, believe it or not, we drive and use the same facilities as millennials. Adding 2500 more homes, without improving core basic services is just reckless!

Bill Moon Oct 19, 2019 - 12:10 pm

All these idiot people who say they are not going to Antioch or Antioch doesn’t want it don’t have a clue. They are going to Antioch and they will pass it. Why leave it up to Antioch?

I still have not seen any valid argument as to why people want to vote no other than NIMBY no more houses or vehicles. That is not a good reason. I would like to understand why people are a no on this.

Dirty Harry Oct 19, 2019 - 6:25 pm

NO on “L”

Ranthus Oct 20, 2019 - 12:55 am

PPL are not taking into account the population is aging and the millennials are struggling for lack of housing. Building more housing for seniors makes sense as long as the supportive services are in place when they are mostly sequestered in a given geographical area. It would make “aging in place” more affordable and practical. For the “filtering effect” seniors who occupy this new development in Brentwood will leave behind housing elsewhere in East Bay that will open up to the younger generation and revitalize neighborhoods.

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