As of December 2018, the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) in Contra Costa County, the future site of approximately 10,000 transit-served homes, is one step closer to breaking ground.
It’s a little wonky, but the publication of the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is an important sign that the project is moving forward. Put simply, the NOP is a legally mandated request by the City of Concord for input from key stakeholders on what the EIR investigation should cover.
Greenbelt Alliance has been part of the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord for over 10 years, advocating with our partners to ensure that the full potential of this plan is reached and that it is designed to serve all Concord residents and the entire Bay Area sustainably and equitably. We have been organizing with partners such as East Bay Housing Organizations, the Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County, Save Mount Diablo, Public Advocates, PolicyLink, and Monument Impact among dozens of others to ensure our Community Platform is implemented.
Our platform calls for:
- Vibrant, walkable neighborhoods
- Open space and natural resources protection
- Affordable housing opportunities and homeless solutions
- Quality jobs for local residents
- Environmentally sustainable development, green building, and green jobs
- A strong community-driven and inclusive process
We are in this fight for the long haul because the CNWS is such an incredible opportunity for smart growth in the Bay Area. We have worked in deep partnership with our coalition because we know that we are more powerful together. And it’s working—the plan now calls for over 2,500 acres of open space dedicated to the East Bay Regional Park District, and thousands of homes, affordable to families across the income spectrum, near the most underutilized station in the BART system.
We will continue to work alongside our partners to hold the City of Concord and the developer Lennar accountable to the big, exciting promises agreed to in the Area Plan.
To learn more about our work in Concord and how you can get involved, contact us today.
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