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Jul 23

Reuse Project - Specific Plan Path Forward - July 16, 2018

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:23 AM by Guy Bjerke

Reuse Project – Specific Plan Path Forward

July 16, 2018

Community Input

Over the past 18 months the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) staff and Lennar/FivePoint team have collected community input and questions to be addressed in the Draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.  The feedback was obtained from regular Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings; Planning Commission/City Council study sessions; community-wide workshops; neighborhood focused meetings; and numerous small group meetings with interested community stakeholders.

All of the input, so far, has helped shape and inform the Lennar/FivePoint team’s proposed land-use program for the Specific Plan – which is also designed to be consistent with the City’s project goals as expressed in the 2012 Adopted Area Plan, 2012 Council Resolution regarding Affordable Housing, and the 2016 Accepted Term Sheet for the negotiation of the Disposition and Development Agreement between the LRA and Lennar Concord, LLC.

On May 15, the CAC provided feedback on Lennar/FivePoint’s revised, proposed land-use program.  On June 6, the Planning Commission and City Council also provided feedback on the revised, proposed land-use program.  The Lennar/FivePoint team is currently preparing revisions and responses to those comments for City Council consideration and direction at a special study session set for August 22.

Drafting the Specific Plan and Preparing the EIR

Assuming direction to proceed from the City Council on August 22, the Lennar/FivePoint team will focus their efforts on the drafting of the Specific Plan and the LRA staff/consultants will begin the preparation of the technical studies, environmental analysis/Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The writing of the Draft Specific Plan and the technical analyses, then preparation of the draft EIR is expected to take between 6 to 9 months.  Staff now expects a public Draft Specific Plan will be published in February 2019 and a public Draft EIR should be released in June 2019.

The regular monthly meetings of the CAC will be suspended during this drafting period, resuming in early 2019 for their review and consideration of the public Draft Specific Plan for recommendation to the Planning Commission.  The terms of CAC members will be extended by Council Resolution to accommodate the revised Specific Plan timeline.

Prior to initiating work on the EIR, the City will collect additional public input via the 30-day comment period associated with the publication of the Project Description and Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the EIR.  We expect the NOP to be released in the fall.  Comments collected during this NOP process, together with the comments and questions collected during our community input process, will be addressed in the Draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.

Review of the Specific Plan and EIR

The CAC will resume monthly – and perhaps more frequent meetings – upon the release of the public Draft Specific Plan.  The CAC will review the public Draft Specific Plan, and the subsequent Draft EIR – with proposed mitigations to address impacts – once published.  After appropriate review, the CAC will be asked to make a recommendation to the Planning Commission and the Commission will then make a recommendation to the City Council.

During the Draft EIR public review period, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the environmental analysis. 

After the CAC has made their recommendation – both the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR will enter the City’s formal planning review process.  They will be the subject of formal public hearings – to be considered and recommended by the Planning Commission to the City Council for ultimate adoption and certification on a schedule that will be determined once both documents are publicly available.

After the Draft EIR comment period, the City will respond to the comments received and publish the Final EIR.  The target date for City Council consideration of the Specific Plan, Final EIR and the related Disposition and Development Agreement is fall of 2019.


Summary

  • The City Council will be asked to provide direction to Lennar/FivePoint and LRA staff to proceed with the drafting of the Specific Plan and environmental analysis at their special study session on August 22.


  • The community input and questions collected over the past 18 months will be addressed in the writing of the Draft Specific Plan, a process which is expected to take between 6 to 9 months. 


  • The CAC’s monthly meetings will be suspended during this drafting period. The Committee member’s terms will be extended by Council Resolution.


  • The CAC will resume their review, and additional community input will be considered, when the Draft Specific Plan document is published in February 2019 and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is released in June 2019.


  • After the CAC has reviewed the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR they will be asked to make a recommendation that the documents enter the City’s formal planning review process.
Feb 27

Status Bullets - February 27, 2018

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 3:27 PM by Guy Bjerke

Local Reuse Authority (LRA) - Status Bullets - February 27, 2018
Property Transfer 

  • The LRA, Lennar and Navy are negotiating the business terms for the Economic Development Conveyance of the entire development footprint – approximately 2,300 acres.  The conveyance of the First Transfer Parcels (about 1,200 acres) to the LRA is targeted for spring 2019.  The first conveyance (about 2,400 acres) to the Park District is now targeted for the fall of 2018. 

Disposition & Development Agreement (DDA)

  • The LRA and Lennar Concord, LLC (managed by FivePoint) have agreed to negotiate the DDA and prepare the Specific Plan on parallel paths.  The DDA negotiations will be based on the Term Sheet accepted by the City Council in May 2016.  The negotiations are expected to be completed in coordination with the Specific Plan in the summer of 2019.

Specific Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Environmental Review

 ·         Lennar/FivePoint is preparing the Specific Plan.  The Specific Plan will address both Lennar’s 500 acre Phase One and establish zoning standards for the remainder of the entire development footprint.  Both the BART parking lot parcel (18 acres) and the Coast Guard Housing site (58 acres) are being planned as part of the Specific Plan.

 ·         The Infrastructure Master Plan will be a chapter of the Specific Plan and collaboratively written by Lennar with input from the LRA/City and all service providers.

 ·         The independent Environmental Review will be led by the LRA/City staff and consulting team.

The LRA created a 13 member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Specific Plan process.  The CAC will provide both input into the Specific Plan as well as encouraging public engagement and participation in community meetings/discussions.  The CAC meets monthly at 6 pm on the 3rd Tuesday in the Council Chambers.

At their November 7, 2017 meeting the CAC designated Lennar’s proposed land use plan map and development program as the basis for all the studies needed to develop the Specific Plan document.  It is expected that the plan will evolve as the studies are done and more information is presented to the CAC and City Council.

The CAC will hold their next meeting on March 13th where they will discuss issues related to Parks, Recreation and Open Space, the proposed development on the North Concord BART parking lot, and Community Facilities.

Planning the Campus District and Tournament Sports Complex

Two important elements of the Community Reuse Project are land-uses designated for the attraction of an institution of higher learning to promote research and job creation within the Campus District; and the creation of a Tournament Sports Complex (TSC) to meet the demand for sports fields and venues.

Both efforts are seeking consulting help to assess community needs, define project goals, establish conceptual design parameters, and identify possible funding for the building, operation and maintenance of the envisioned facilities.  Assistant City Manager Kathleen Trepa is leading the Campus District effort.  Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Voorhies is leading the TSC effort.

  • The Request for Proposals to retain a consultant for the Campus District project will close April 6.  The Council ad hoc committee will interview finalists in April and make a recommendation to the City Council in May.
  • Retaining consultant support for the Tournament Sports Complex project will begin later this spring.

Upcoming Meetings**

March 13, 2018 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Parks, BART Development, and Community Facilities

April 2, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. – Joint City Council/Planning Commission/Design Review Board Study Session

April 17, 2018 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Environmental Permitting from State and Regional Agencies

May 15, 2018 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Community Facilities Financing Districts/Tools

**All meetings listed above will be held in the City Council Chambers, streamed live on the internet, and recorded for future viewing from the project’s website.

 

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Nov 28

Status Bullets - November 28, 2017

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 12:03 PM by Guy Bjerke

Local Reuse Authority (LRA) - Status Bullets – November 28, 2017

 Property Transfer 

ü  The Navy has finished their Final Environmental Impact Statement resulting in a signed Record of Decision (ROD).

ü  The Navy’s Final Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) #1, determining the successful remediation of contaminated parcels within the First Transfer Parcels (1,200 acres for the LRA, 2,200 acres for the East Bay Regional Park District) has been issued and regulatory concurrence letters expected in October.

  • The LRA, Lennar and Navy are negotiating the business terms for the Economic Development Conveyance of the entire development footprint – approximately 2,300 acres.

Successful completion of these efforts should result in the conveyance of the First Transfer Parcels to the LRA and Park District in spring 2019.

 Disposition & Development Agreement (DDA)

  • The LRA and Lennar Concord, LLC (managed by FivePoint) have agreed to negotiate the DDA and prepare the Specific Plan on parallel paths.  The DDA negotiations will be based on the Term Sheet accepted by the City Council in May 2016.  The negotiations are expected to be completed in coordination with the Specific Plan in the spring of 2019.

 Specific Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Environmental Review

 ·         Lennar/FivePoint will be preparing/proposing the Specific Plan.  The Specific Plan will address both Lennar’s 500 acre Phase One and establish zoning standards for the remainder of the entire development footprint.  Both the BART parking lot parcel (18 acres) and the Coast Guard Housing site (58 acres) are being planned as part of the Specific Plan.

 ·         The Infrastructure Master Plan will be a chapter of the Specific Plan and collaboratively written by Lennar with input from the LRA/City and all service providers.

 ·         The independent Environmental Review will be led by the LRA/City staff and consulting team.

The LRA created a 13 member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Specific Plan process.  The CAC will provide both input into the Specific Plan as well as encouraging public engagement and participation in community meetings/discussions.  The CAC meets monthly at 6 pm on the 3rd Tuesday in the Council Chambers.

At their November 7 meeting the CAC designated Lennar’s proposed land use plan map and development program as the basis for all the studies needed to develop the Specific Plan document.  It is expected that the plan will evolve as the studies are done and more information is presented to the CAC and City Council.

The CAC will hold their next meeting on December 19th where they will discuss issues related to proposed Infrastructure and Utility plans.

Upcoming Meetings

December 9, 2017 – 9 a.m. – City Council Study Session on Transportation – Council Chambers

December 19, 2017 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Infrastructure & Utilities – Council Chambers

January 16, 2017 – 6 p.m. – CAC Meeting on Smart Cities – Council Chambers

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