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After years of planning and input from Concord residents and the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord, of which SMD is a member organization, the Concord City Council adopted a reuse plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) site that features transited-oriented, mixed-use development, and that preserves over 3,200 acres of land as parks and open space. The plan will create a new regional park owned and operated by the East Bay Regional Park District that will ultimately be one of the largest parks in its two-county system. The Reuse Plan also protects Mount Diablo Creek, for which restoration plans are being prepared, and the Los Medanos hills that separate Concord and Pittsburg.

The Reuse Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in February, 2010 is a required step in working with the U.S. Navy on the transfer of ownership of the base. Over the following year, the City completed and certified its environmental review of the project and is now poised to incorporate the reuse plan into its updated General Plan.

The vision for the site in the Reuse Plan focuses high density, mixed-use development near the North Concord BART station, but also provides a string of clustered village communities to the south of BART. Land to the east of Mount Diablo Creek will become the new regional park and comprises about 69 percent of the total area of the former CNWS site. In addition, there will be small urban parks and green spaces around the neighborhoods. The Plan also provides space for a future college campus or other similar activity.

The plan is a model for new smart growth concepts and includes numerous provisions for sustainability, such as arranging the streets to maximize the potential use of solar energy. The streets are also designed to be walkable and pedestrian friendly, with high enough densities to encourage use of public transit. Affordable housing is also included as a component of the development plans, which should create a significant number of new jobs for Concord and the region.

Save Mount Diablo commends the City for its extensive public outreach and responsiveness to the ideas expressed by the community. The result of these efforts is in an innovative, forward-thinking blueprint for the future of the former CNWS site. Save Mount Diablo participated throughout the planning process as a member of the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord. The regional stakeholder group included a unique coalition of affordable housing, labor, interfaith, environmental and neighborhood organizations including:

  • East Bay Housing Organizations
  • Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County
  • Carpenters Local Union 152
  • Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization
  • CNWS Neighborhood Alliance
  • East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
  • Friends of Mount Diablo Creek
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • Habitat for Humanity East Bay
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Mount Diablo Audubon Society
  • Public Advocates, Inc.
  • Resources for Community Development
  • Sierra Club
  • Transportation and Land Use Coalition
  • Save Mount Diablo will continue to be involved as the planning process continues with adoption of the area plan into the City’s General Plan and the ultimate transfer ownership of the former CNWS to the City.

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