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20/20 Plan -  Update

For a 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).

You may see the entire 2020 plan on the Brentwood City Website here:


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.