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The Inland Area is approximately 5,028 acres, or approximately 8 square miles.
The Tidal Area is approximately 7,630 acres, or approximately 12 square miles.
This property has been transferred from the Navy to the Army along with 115 acres in the Inland Area. It is currently operated by the Army as the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO).
This map shows the Tidal and Inland Areas in the context of Concord. Tidal and Inland Areas map.
The Concord City Council and City staff committed to a collaborative and inclusive community-wide outreach and planning process to develop the Reuse Plan. The City held a series of community workshops in its role as the LRA. In the fall of 2006, a 21-member Community Advisory Committee was appointed by the LRA to assist in soliciting community perspectives and to advise the LRA on the development of the Reuse Plan. Residents had the opportunity to comment on the plan at multiple public meetings, workshops and forums as well as through letters, surveys and emails.
The Reuse Plan considered a number of alternative concepts for the development of the Inland Area. The alternatives were evaluated through the planning process and the environmental review process, and ultimately a Preferred Alternative was selected to provide a framework for the Area Plan. More information on the Reuse Plan can be found on the Reuse Plan Page.
The Area Plan diagram included in Book One carries forward the essential qualities of the adopted Reuse Plan, including the location of various development types and the total quantity of housing and employment-generating development on the site. It does reflect some refinement of the Reuse Plan concepts, as described here on the Area Plan page.
As the site is developed, the master developer(s) will be responsible for following the vision and standards described in the Area Plan. The Master Developer will prepare a Specific Plan to carry out the Area Plan and its standards, refining conceptual plans and adding detail and specificity.
The Area Plan establishes a site-wide maximum of 12,270 housing units. Following the goal set by the Area Plan, Concord City Council passed a resolution requiring that 25% of units be affordable. See the
A Specific Plan is intended to implement the City's General Plan. Since the Area Plan was adopted into the City's General Plan in 2012, in this case the Specific Plan will create a detailed plan to implement the Area Plan. It will provide detail for the Phase One Development area and the rest of the development area. The Specific Plan is necessary because the Area Plan does not provide sufficient detail to specify the detailed design of the development—how it will look and feel. The Specific Plan will guide the development's urban design, such as mix and intensity of development, block and district layout, public spaces, community facilities, transportation network, and more. It will provide a clear picture for how the development will complement and contribute to the surrounding neighborhoods. The plan will be completed by the Master Developer, with input and guidance from the City and will clearly reflect the vision, goals, and commitments of the Area Plan.
The Navy issued a report known as the “Environmental Conditions of Property” report. This report summarizes the historical, cultural, and environmental conditions of the property and contains a summary of the current status of the IRP and MMRP programs. The report indicates that known or suspected areas of environmental contamination are present on less than 1,200 acres of the 5,170 acre site. These areas consist of approximately 60 specific locations where past releases of hazardous substances to soil and groundwater are either suspected or are known to have occurred. These locations are currently in various stages of study, cleanup and monitoring.
A local information repository has been established by the Navy to facilitate community access to reports prepared to date on environmental conditions and cleanup activities at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. The information repository is located at the Concord Public Library, located at 2900 Salvio Street in Concord, CA. The entire Administrative Record File for the Concord Naval Weapons Station is maintained at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, 1220 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92132.
The cleanup process is overseen by several federal and state environmental regulatory agencies. To facilitate this oversight, investigation and cleanup activities are discussed at monthly Remedial Project Managers meetings comprised of representatives from the Navy, the City, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board), and other federal and state agencies.
The Navy always retains liability for any discovery of additional contamination at an identified site or at an unknown site.
Materials from RAB meetings can be found online.
The Navy still owns all of the land. Prior to transfer, the Navy and City/Local Reuse Authority (LRA) must agree to the terms of property transfer; the transfer is anticipated in 2023. Most of the regional open space area has transferred via a Public Benefit Conveyance (PBC) to the East Bay Regional Park District with their sponsor, the U.S. National Park Service. The old Navy administrative area north of Highway 4 will also transfer via a PBC to the County Sheriff/Fire District with their sponsor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The balance of the property will transfer to the LRA through an Economic Development Conveyance (EDC).
The Navy will transfer parcels of land in phases based on their remediation schedule, through a series of Findings of Suitability for Transfer (FOSTs) and possibly Findings of Suitability for Early Transfer (FOSETs). As the regulatory agencies determine that land is suitable to transfer to the City, property will be transferred based on the planned future use. For example, the portion of the site that will become Concord Hills Regional Park will be transferred as a public benefit conveyance to East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD), while the portion planned for new housing and commercial uses will be transferred as an economic development conveyance.
The former CNWS Inland Area will be developed in phases. The City expects to hold competitive bidding processes to select the Master Developer.
A master developer is responsible for managing the overall process of turning a site into a development project. Unlike a builder of homes or offices, a master developer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of development from start to finish, including crafting plans for the development with the community, financing the project, preparing the site and constructing infrastructure (known as "horizontal construction"), and overseeing the project through final buildout. A master developer may also construct the buildings (the "vertical construction"—homes, offices, retail, and more) once site work and improvements are complete, or may select other builders to do so.
No. As of April 16, 2021, the LRA is in the process of selecting a Master Developer. The LRA's goal is to have a Master Developer chosen by August 2021.
How much of the site is developed by the Master Developer is subject to future negotiation with the City Council. The project will likely be developed in phases by either the same or different Master Developers.
Several milestones must be reached before site development begins, including transfer of the property from the Navy. Development could begin as early as 2024 or 2025. Once development begins, full build-out of the site will take 30 to 35 years.