Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is a growing city with a thriving downtown, two BART stations, and easy access to outdoor recreation.

The City is planning how it will grow in the future by creating the neighborhood plan for “West Downtown.” By encouraging a mix of new homes and businesses near BART and downtown, this neighborhood could become an even more thriving, attractive component of the community.

Greenbelt Alliance is working with community leaders to ensure the plan strengthens the local economy, provides more options for transit-friendly living, and brings life to empty sidewalks and vacant lots.

We began meeting with Walnut Creek residents in 2012 to help identify what is important for the community and to gather support for those components. In addition, our Fixing the Foundation report identified key barriers to adding new homes people can afford in Walnut Creek. Using those findings as a guide, we will encourage the adoption of affordable housing policies as part of the plan.

Goals

  • For the West Downtown plan to include 2,400 new homes and policies which support protection of existing residents.
  • Better parking policies and improved bicycle and pedestrian connections to BART and downtown, especially on large streets.
  • The adoption of policies that will help overcome lack of funding for affordable housing

Resources

C-VIEW West Downtown platform [PDF]

Fixing the Foundation Local Solutions for Infill Housing

Map of the Walnut Creek West Downtown Area

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Partners

East Bay Housing Organizations, TransForm, Bike East Bay, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Bike Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

Staff Contact: Joel Devalcourt

photo: Zoe Meyers ©

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