Goals & Principles for the Project

Community Develops Vision & Goals for Reuse of the Concord Naval Weapons Station

The overall vision for the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) was developed by the City and community during Phase I of the project May - August 2006 (see Planning Framework).

Hundreds of Concord residents and community leaders took part in Phase I of the Community Reuse Project, offering their ideas and thoughts about the issues, opportunities and priorities for reuse of the CNWS.
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Overarching Goals

The overarching goals for the Concord Community Reuse Project, all of equal priority, are as follows:

World Class Project

Adopt an innovative, long-term view that benefits future generations, encourages a sense of community pride, and that shall be recognized internationally.

Balanced Approach

Balance a broad range of community needs, regional and local requirements, and the need for parks & open space, with the need for jobs, housing and community facilities.

Economically Viable & Sustainable

Maintain long-term economic viability of the project by ensuring that capital costs, future operations and maintenance costs are satisfied on a self-sustaining basis.

Quality of Life

Build on community assets and opportunities, address critical needs, create net positive benefits, and provide new opportunities to live, work and play.

Community-Defined Goals & Guiding Principles

In August 2006, the City Council adopted Reuse Plan goals and guiding principles, shown below. These goals and guiding principles were developed by the community through a series of community workshops. They address planning considerations: community development; parks, recreation and open space; economic development; and transportation.

Planning Considerations

  • Inclusive, Transparent and Collaborative Planning Process. The planning process will be open and collaborative, resulting in a comprehensive Reuse Plan that reflects the input of residents, businesses, organizations, neighboring cities and public agencies.
  • Offering Choices. The Plan will include housing, jobs, and cultural and recreational uses that reflect community values and serve residents and the region.
Guiding Principles
  • Ensure environmental remediation
  • Phase development, provide buffer zones, access to open space and trails
  • Avoid sprawl
  • Emphasize high quality development that enhances the identity of Concord
  • Include emergency preparedness programs
  • Learn from other communities
  • Identify regional partnerships and goals
  • Address long-term air quality, water quality and traffic impacts

Community Development

  • Community Benefits. The existing community will receive positive benefits from the project.
  • Community Character. New developments will be compatible with the character of existing neighborhoods.
  • Multi-Generational and Inclusive Community. New development will be responsive to the needs of people of different ages, ethnicities, social and cultural backgrounds, income groups, and people with disabilities.
  • Environmentally Sustainable Development. Uses will minimize depletion of natural resources, promote environmental stewardship and economic development, and contribute to the well-being of current and future generations.
Guiding Principles
  • Ensure that new development is a logical extension of the existing community
  • Provide a mix of uses and housing types, with an appropriate balance of housing and jobs
  • Include new arts centers, museums and schools
  • Ensure new infrastructure is paid for
  • Integrate parks, sports fields and open space elements and minimize parking and traffic impacts
  • Incorporate green design and construction

Parks, Recreation & Open Space

  • Resource Conservation. Natural, cultural and historic resources will be preserved for the long-term benefit of the ecosystem. The Plan will value the natural environment and promote conservation and education.
  • Land Stewardship. The City will take a leadership role in sustainable land management.
  • Community Parks and Recreation. The Plan will meet the long-term park and recreation needs of the community.
Guiding Principles
  • Ensure large, contiguous and usable open space elements
  • Protect significant views and viewsheds
  • Use a watershed approach to preserve and enhance natural resources
  • Address water quality, wildlife corridors, habitats, and flood control
  • Explore connections with other regional and local parks and trails
  • Integrate habitats with other uses
  • Provide a variety of parks and trails
  • Include sports facilities and community centers
  • Ensure facilities meets needs of people of all abilities

Economic Development

  • Vibrant and Diverse Economy. The Plan will stimulate the local and regional economy by creating quality jobs, products, services and revenues.
Guiding Principles
  • Create quality jobs
  • Complement existing business and retail areas
  • Generate new opportunities for existing businesses
  • Provide neighborhood- serving retail
  • Encourage uses that provide ongoing revenue to pay for community services
  • Promote "hire-local-first" policies
  • Hold aside land for future opportunities
  • Consider a research or university campus
  • Develop collaborations between business and education
  • Do not fiscally burden the City and residents


  • Effective Transportation System. The Plan will include comprehensive, efficient transportation solutions including regional connectivity and multiple modes of travel.
Guiding Principles
  • Locate higher intensity uses around transit stations
  • Utilize the existing public investment in infrastructure, such as BART
  • Develop a range of transportation alternatives
  • Address the needs of seniors, low income households and people with disabilities
  • Explore innovative solutions to relieving traffic
  • Integrate new development with the existing community while minimizing transportation impacts