Economic Development News

City of Brentwood aims to improve downtown development, parking

June 9, 2017 

Amid stagnant development and a downtown parking shortage, the City of Brentwood is moving on plans to spur change.

The city council recently agreed to explore temporarily waiving its downtown parking in-lieu fee and parking standards for all prospective nonresidential projects, while moving forward with plans to hire a consultant to create a downtown parking management plan.

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Brentwood's Balfour Rd widening project set to begin

June 1, 2017 

Crews will soon begin a two-phase, roadway-widening project along Balfour Road in unincorporated Brentwood, which is expected to improve safety for motorists and bicyclists.

The project – slated to increase the size of the travel lanes and shoulders of a 3-mile stretch of road between Sellers Avenue in Brentwood and Bixler Road in Discovery Bay – will begin in late June or early July and last until the end of November, said Adelina Huerta, project manager.

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First Brentwood Cherry U-Pick Opens For Season

May 10, 2017 

Nearly 40 years ago a group of Brentwood farmers put the first Brentwood Harvest Time guide together to help direct locals and California visiting tourist to come out and take advantage of the wide variety of seasonal farm fresh fruits and vegetables available throughout the community. Today the guide, in a map format, is still going strong offering directions and information to more than 50 Brentwood and surrounding area growers.

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Brentwood approves rezone for 160-house cluster development

March 15, 2017 

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a change in zoning for an anticipated 160 homes on a 20-acre lot on the 2800 block of Empire Avenue north of WinCo Foods.

The area was previously zoned for 15 acres of mixed use business park and 5 acres of very high-density residential use, because the owner, Michael Orfanos, wanted to continue his plant nursery business there. However, the plant nursery closed years ago.

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Development Plans for the City of Brentwood

February 16, 2017 

The City of Brentwood will soon begin hashing out a plan to steer the growth and development decisions for a prime piece of real estate in the northwest part of the city.

The 373 acres, 280 of which are undeveloped, are surrounded by Lone Tree Way to the north, Heidorn Ranch Road to the west, Sand Creek Road to the south and Shady Willow Lane to the east.

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Brentwood unveils Military/Veteran Banner Program

February 15, 2017 

The city of Brentwood has opened applications for active military and veterans to be featured on banners around Veterans Park.

The city established the program to recognize the military service of Brentwood residents during the interim between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

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City of Brentwood launches Military Banner Program

February 12, 2017 

The City of Brentwood Military/Veteran Banner Program has been established to honor and recognize active duty military personnel or military veterans that reside in, or have immediate family living in the City of Brentwood.

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Brentwood to host free CERT training

February 2, 2017 

On March 30, at 6:30 p.m., instructors from the Brentwood Police Department and the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will conduct Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to arm residents with the skills and information necessary to prepare for – and survive – a disaster.

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Everything is Better in Brentwood

October 27, 2016 

Most Brentwood citizens are proud of their small-town, family community, which is why the Better in Brentwood campaign to showcase the city to outsiders and encourage locals to proudly support their hometown is picking up speed.

The campaign, initiated at the beginning of this year, was created to promote tourism and encourage locals to adopt the ‘shop, dine, explore, live, play’ mentality.

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Better in Brentwood Marketing Campaign

September 29, 2016 

The City of Brentwood has a shining new lease on the future. City planning moved into high gear in April 2014 when Gus Vina became our new City Manager.

Almost from the beginning Gus infused the city with new energy and purpose by planning for improvement in many areas. One of the things Gus embraced was a shop local campaign designed to encourage Brentwood residents to spend their money on local products and services to the extent possible.

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City of Brentwood leaders ponder impact of residential growth on the GP

May 26, 2016 

Brentwood was the sixth fastest-growing city in California last year, but city officials are questioning whether it’s growing in the right way.

“When Brentwood builds out to maximum capacity, it is supposed to have a balance of jobs and housing,” said Community Development Director Casey McCann. “The dilemma that Brentwood faces today is that growth numbers show Brentwood is building out as a bedroom community and not as the balanced and diverse community the general plan is calling for.”

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More than 600 turn out for Brentwood Career Fair

May 28, 2015 

And on Thursday they did: Job seekers converged on Brentwood by the hundreds to attend the East County Career Fair.

The line of people waiting in the city's community center for the event to start stretched around the foyer as 61 employers geared up to meet the masses.

No fewer than 658 hopefuls had registered online for the three-hour fair, which was organized by theWorkforce Development Board of Contra Costa County and the state's Employment Development Department.

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City named top spot for home ownership

August 5, 2014 

Brentwood was recently deemed the top city for homeownership in California by a financial adviser website called Nerd Wallet, but its lure for prospective homebuyers is no surprise to many current residents. For full article visit: Brentwood Press

Annual Brentwood event grows each year but remains dedicated to family fun

August 5, 2014 
Organizers of the fifth annual Brentwood Cookoff and Car Show said they are proud that the event continues to grow each year, while remaining family-friendly with a safe and relaxing ambience.
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General Plan Update Adopted by City

July 24, 2014 
The Brentwood City Council unanimously approves the General Plan Update.
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Downtown Brentwood to feature new pub this summer

June 9, 2014 

A new pub will soon be located in the heart of downtown Brentwood next to Sweeney's Grill and Bar.

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Brentwood leaders lower rental rate for city's commercial kitchen

June 3, 2014 

When the Brentwood Community Center opened in early 2012, city officials had high hopes that local entrepreneurs would use its certified commercial kitchen -- equipped with two convection ovens, an oven with a griddle, a six-burner range and small appliances -- to make their food products.

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Newer areas of Brentwood to get super-fast Internet service

May 14, 2014 

Blazing fast high-speed Internet service is coming to the newer areas of Brentwood after the City Council approved a plan to bring a fiber-optic network to newer parts of the city.

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Brentwood and Oakley fastest-growing cities in Contra Costa County

May 6, 2014 

In a further sign of the rebound in home construction, Brentwood and Oakley each grew more than 2 percent last year to rank as the fastest-growing cities in Contra Costa County.

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Brentwood hosts wine competition dominated by Contra Costa wineries

April 25, 2014 

Brentwood hosts wine competition dominated by Contra Costa wineries.

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Diablo Magazine Tech Report

April 1, 2014 
April 2014 - Diablo Magazine Tech Report
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Brentwood to consider large possible development near Summerset II

February 21, 2014 

A proposed development area that dates back nearly two decades near State Route 4 at Brentwood's Balfour Road is close to being subdivided and ultimately developed into 63 single-family homes and nearly seven acres of commercial uses.

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New art gallery will bring visual, performing and literary arts together at Streets of Brentwood

February 18, 2014 

With the future opening of a new art gallery and local arts information headquarters, Brentwood residents Jack and Betty Gaughan hope to elevate The Streets of Brentwood's status as a regional lifestyle center and create a hub for local artists.

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Behavioral Health Company to partner with Brentwood's Dainty Center/Willow Wood School

February 18, 2014 

A popular behavioral health company that specializes in a proven therapy for autistic and other special needs children will join forces with Dainty Center/Willow Wood School and integrate its unique programs into the existing curriculum on the Brentwood campus.

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Brentwood leaders see revived residential project as another sign of housing rebound

November 8, 2013 

In a further boost to the city's rebounding housing market, a major builder plans to construct more than 400 homes in a residential subdivision that has been vacant and nearly empty since 2007.

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