The following statement was put out by the Brentwood Police Officers Association over the weekend regarding Brentwood Measure L in an effort to educate undecided voters.
If approved, Measure L would annex 815 acres and with 555 acres for 2,400 homes which 80% is for senior housing, 225 acres would be permanently designated open space and could include agriculture and associated facilities. It is also expected to bring in $200 million in one-time building permit revenue, along with annual property tax and sales tax revenues. It will also provide road improvements on Balfour Road and American Avenue while providing the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District with $11 million.
The move came after BPOA president Aaron Peachmen announced its association was endorsing Measure L on Oct. 16
Here is the statement:
URBAN LIMIT LINES (ULL) AND WHAT ANTIOCH VOTERS HAVE ALLEGEDLY ALREADY DECIDED AND “PROTECTED”
The first misunderstanding is the premise that, “if Brentwood voters don’t vote to expand the ULL, then the land encompassed by Measure L can never be developed”. This is patently false. Brentwood can only control what is INSIDE our ULL. We have no control over lands we decide not to include in our ULL, so there is nothing our voters can do to prevent Antioch from annexing that land (other than us deciding to annex it first). We can’t say, “We don’t want it, and you can’t have it either.”
The second misunderstanding is the premise that Antioch voters have somehow already decided they don’t want that land or any other expansion of their ULL. That is not what Antioch voters have stated. The “Let Antioch Voters Decide” initiative only protects land WEST of Deer Valley. Does anyone think it is a coincidence that the land their initiative protected borders existing Antioch neighborhoods and developments? Who do you think led the charge on that initiative?
There is also an initiative in Antioch to ensure any expansion of their ULL requires voter approval. That is the same thing we have here in Brentwood. Requiring voter approval is nowhere near the same thing as not being able to expand the ULL (otherwise Measure L wouldn’t even be a thing here). An area like the one we are talking about could bring Antioch some much needed development money, and Antioch residents know that. Now ask yourself, are there are any existing Antioch residents near the Measure L area who will put up a passionate fight against development in that area? The answer is no. Antioch could easily annex that area without risking the anger of any current residents. It is a much easier sell to them than development west of Deer Valley was.
None of us have a crystal ball. But we can either pass Measure L and guarantee control over an area directly next to our community, or we can “cross our fingers” that Antioch never decides they want it. The latter approach is not the best way to handle public safety interests.