Write a Letter to the Editor – 5 minutes

If you would like to make your voice heard and reach out to other members of the community expressing your opposition to the proposed golf course rezone, you can write a letter to the editor of our two local papers, the Brentwood Press and the East Bay Times. It is very easy and doesn’t take much time at all! Here’s how:

For the Brentwood Press – click on this link:

Brentwood Press – Letter to the Editor

and simply fill out the required form and type your letter in the space provided. It says a max of 250 words, but it will let you go a bit over. You should then receive an email letting you know that your submission has been received.

For the East Bay Times – click on this link:

East Bay Times – Letter to the Editor

and simply fill out the required form and type your letter in the space provided. It says a max of 150 words. You should then receive an email letting you know that your submission has been received.

Get notifications of important updates from the city – 5 minutes

Send an email to city staffers to be placed on the list to receive important updates about the rezone request. To be added to the contact list for the project, please click on the following link:  Planning@brentwoodca.gov   If your email won’t open automatically when you lick the link, please send an email to Planning@bretwoodca.gov and place this in the subject line: Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes Development Project Contact List.

Attend a City Council or Planning Commission Meeting – 30 minutes

The strongest statement we can make to the City is to show up in person for City Council and Planning Commission meetings. They are accustomed to very light attendance, so it makes a real impression when a number of concerned citizens appear before them to make a statement.  The best thing is to make a comment in the Public Comments at the beginning of each meeting.  You can have up to five minutes to say anything you want to say to the City.  They will not respond, they can only listen.  But they will hear you.  To make a comment, you need to fill out a form you will find on the back counter, to your right as you walk in the room.  Fill out the form and  hand it to the City Clerk.  For those not comfortable speaking, it is enough to just be there in the audience.  One of the speakers might ask for a show of hands at some point for those who oppose rezoning, so you can show your concerns that way.

You can also make a little sign that you can hold in your lap that simply says “No Rezone” or anything you like.  (If you still have the large format mailer the golf courses sent to you, you can write your message on the back of the envelope and hold that up.  It’s the perfect size, and the folded up poster inside gives it some stiffness so it doesn’t flop over.)

It takes less than ten minutes to get over to City Hall. Take Balfour towards downtown, left on Walnut, right on Oak, left on Second, and turn right behind the Civic Center to go into the parking garage. Park on the second floor (there is usually plenty of parking), go through the stair well, turn right to walk along the front of the building. Go through doors near the end of the walkway, walk through the lobby, the Council Chambers are on the left.

Planning Commission meetings are scheduled on first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. City Council meetings are scheduled on second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. There is no meeting if the month has a fifth Tuesday. The Public Comments work the same for both meetings.

Check the calendar before leaving to go to the meetings, as they are sometimes subject to last minute cancellation. The calendar for Brentwood city events is here:

City of Brentwood Calendar

If you cannot attend in person, you can still be heard:

Attend a City Council Meeting by Email

Talk to Your Neighbors – as much time as you can spare

It seems that not everyone in the neighborhoods received information from Suncoast about the plan to build apartment buildings on the courses. And many more have not seen any of the social media posts discussing the issue. Many are not aware that there is an online petition.  Many who have seen the material from Suncoast may not have any idea that they can make a difference. Please talk to your neighbors, and tell them there are many things we can do to stop this plan.  Please direct them to this web site to learn more. Please ask them to sign the petition, and to call the city.  We have created a flyer you can share with your neighbors.  Feel free to print as many copies as you like.  If you would like to be a part of our organized effort to make sure every house gets a flyer, please send us an email at norezonedrsl@gmail.com .

Click on the download link below to save the file to your device. Open the file and print as many copies as you need.  It looks just about as good in black and white as it does in color, in case you are low on color ink, or just want to save a little on ink costs.