general description of the 20/20 Plan and this upcoming update survey, read
Bonnie Burch’s articles below (see links). Preserve Brentwood attended the
workshop which was the first step in updating the city’s survey since
2006. Last we heard, consultants were being asked to submit proposals for conducting the survey by the end of August 2013. It is presently unclear when the actual surveys will be mailed out, but it may be early 2014.
Citizens are a vital part of this
& Preserve Brentwood will keep you informed of this process.
The original 2020 plan was drafted in 1999. Then in 2006 an update was done based on questionnaires distributed to all households and business owners in Brentwood.
One of the key tasks of the update was to solicit citizens' opinions regarding issues facing the city, and to gauge levels of citizen satisfaction/dissatisfaction.
These charts, which speak for themselves, were taken off the City of Brentwood website:
Residents stated they supported the re-development of the ORIGINAL Town Center area to make it more attractive, but mixed use development was not supported. Because this survey was conducted in 2006, prior to the expansion of town center out of its original boundaries, residents were only supporting mixed-use development in the original town center boundaries of OHB, I65, Church St, and Franklin Road (around the roundabout).
And from another page of the Brentwood City Website
Property Rights vs Prohibiting Growth
In less than three decades, Brentwood
has grown from a modest community of less than 10,000 residents to an
expansive city exceeding 35,000. As the City grows toward a projected
population of 45,000 by 2020, many citizens question continued public
approvals of additional subdivisions and other development.
The City must respect individual
property rights that are guaranteed under federal and state law. To
arbitrarily prohibit an owner from developing his property under the
current zoning classification would expose the city to legal action
including inverse condemnation of property.
Federal and state law allows Brentwood
to control development through zoning and subdivision regulations.
Within the zoning ordinance, the City can designate appropriate uses for
land while still allowing productive use by the property owner.
Brentwood is recognized for its strict
land use controls through its zoning and subdivision guidelines.
Residents have long favored low density residential development that
preserves more open space. This has been achieved through the one house
per acre requirement minimum density for all residential development.
Landscape and buffering provisions further enhance the pastoral
appearance of the City and protect residential property located adjacent
to commercial and service institution land uses. Low density
development helps to limit the service demands that would otherwise be
placed on our streets, schools, and other support infrastructure. In
this way, Brentwood has attempted to balance the development rights of
property owners with the desire of the community to maintain low density
development and lower infrastructure and service demands.