Collaboration paid off in Concord — and now that Contra Costa city has a world-class future in the works.
On January 24, 2012 the Concord City Council approved a visionary plan for the inland portion of the shuttered Concord Naval Weapons Station, a 5,100 acre site adjacent to the North Concord BART station.
The adopted blueprint emphasizes walkable neighborhoods with homes that people can afford near transit and services, with decent paying local construction jobs. Moreover it does so while designating nearly 70 percent of the area — 3,500 acres or three Golden Gate Parks — as protected open space.
As members of the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord, Greenbelt Alliance worked toward this vision for nearly six years. The coalition stepped in when it was clear initial plans for the site were heading in the wrong direction – toward business-as-usual sprawl. Working together, we built broad support for a vision of protected open space and a 21st century neighborhood that will remake a corner of Concord and send positive ripple effects throughout the Bay Area.
Now we’re working with the City of Concord to make sure the implementation of the visionary plan stays on track so that we can watch its best features come to life. We’re also working to revitalize the existing communities in Concord so residents can live close to where they work and have the benefit of safe, walkable neighborhoods.