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How Smart Will the Growth Be at the Naval Weapons Station?

Jan. 19, 2011

How Smart Will the Growth Be at the Naval Weapons Station?

A study session tonight will give public a chance to weigh in on “green” qualities of Naval Weapons Station Reuse project.

Peggy Spear

The Concord Planning Commission’s first meeting of 2011 tonight will be a busy one.

From 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., the panel will hold a study session about the Climate Action Plan for the Concord Reuse project—the development of the Concord Naval Weapons Station

In general, many environmental groups have been happy with the vision set forth by the city when it adopted the Reuse Plan, said Matt Vander Sluis, field representative of the Greenbelt Alliance, but they want to ensure that all portions of the site are walkable and well served by transit, including the northern commercial sections along Highway 4.

As background, the city must amend the city’s general plan to include the Reuse development. The Concord Reuse Project Area Plan (CRP-Area Plan) is the blueprint for that amendment.  The CRP Area Plan is composed of three books.

  • Book One addresses the CRP-Area Plan “Vision and Standards for Development.”
  • Book Two provides technical chapters on Transportation/Circulation, Conservation/Open Space, Safety/Health/Noise, Community Facilities, and Utilities.
  • Book Three, which will be discussed tonight, is the Climate Action Plan, and looks at the smart growth qualities of the plan.

The first two books were released to the public in the fall of 2010 and have been the subject of review during previous study sessions with the planning commission. Book Three, the Climate Action Plan, is available for public review. The document can be downloaded from the City’s Reuse Project website.

After the study session about the Reuse Plan, the planning commission will turn its attention at 7 p.m. to the next in a series of study sessions about updating Concord’s Development Code. Tonight’s topic will be small-lot single family, medium, and high density residential development standards.

The Code Update study sessions will be held on the third Wednesday of every month through June 2011.

Both of tonight’s meetings will be at in the City Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr. It will be televised live on cable TV channels 28 (Comcast) and 29 (Astound), on AT&T U-verse channel 99 and on the city’s website.

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