Building the Reuse Plan
A range of alternative concepts for the conversion of the Inland Area of the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) to civilian uses has been developed based on the information, studies, and extensive community input obtained over the course of more than a year.
These alternatives will be evaluated in a programmatic EIR to:
- Determine how well they feasibly attain the objective of converting the site to civilian uses
- Identify the significant adverse environmental effects that may result from the conversion of the site to civilian uses
- Identify ways to avoid or substantially lessen significant adverse environmental effects, provide a comparative analysis of the environmental effects.
This information will enable decision makers to make a more informed decision in adopting a Reuse Plan and create a foundation for future environmental review for specific development plans.
Goals and Guiding Principles
Beginning in April 2006, the City, in concert with the community, developed a Planning Framework consisting of a series of Goals and Guiding Principles to frame the development of the Reuse Plan. The Planning Framework was adopted by the City Council in August 2006. All of the alternative concepts reflect the Goals and Guiding Principles and in particular the four overarching goals:
- World Class Project
- A Balanced Approach
- Economically Viable and Sustainable Development
- Quality of Life
Building the Plan
Selection and seating of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) took place in December of 2006. Four community workshops were conducted in 2007.
- March 17, 2007, “Get the Facts” — an informational open house
- April 21, 2007, “Applying the Goals and Guiding Principles” — an interactive public workshop
- June 16, 2007, “Balancing the Land Use Mix” an interactive public workshop
- August 4, 2007 and September 11, 2007 “Presentation to the City Council” — addressing key issues
Over 600 people attended and participated in these workshops. Members of the CAC previewed the workshop materials, assisted in planning these workshops, and also attended and actively participated in them.
Special focused workshops and tours were held on March 30, 2007 and April 2, 2007 for homeless service providers and parties interested in land for public benefit conveyance. Representatives from 19 separate homeless service and affordable housing providers and 8 entities interested in public benefit conveyance participated.
Additionally, on August 15, 2007, a presentation was made to a joint meeting of the City of Concord Planning Commission and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission to update them on the status of the project and to solicit their input.
Finally, the City formed technical advisory groups (TAGs) to provide technical input into the planning process. TAGs were formed in the following areas: Transportation; Education; and Parks, Recreation, and Open Space. These groups have met on several occasions and provided input into the reuse planning process.
The extensive input received from the community, the CAC, the TAGs and the City Council and Commissions, coupled with the planning, engineering, environmental, and economic analyses performed by the City's reuse planning team, were used to develop alternative concepts.