Jul 19

Status Bullets - July 19, 2019

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:19 AM by Guy Bjerke

July 19, 2019 – Project Status Update

Property Transfer

  • The Park District took “constructive possession” of about 2,300 of their 2,600 acres of property for the conservation area/Regional Park in a ceremony on July 13, 2019.  Ownership will be transferred from the National Park Service to the Park District later this year.  The remaining acres will come later after the Navy finds it suitable for transfer.

  • The City is working with the Navy to reach First Transfer of 1,200 acres of the 2,300 acres of property allocated to the City.  First Transfer to the City is now expected in the Summer/Fall of 2020.  The remaining acres will come later after the Navy finds it suitable for transfer.

  • The County expects transfer of 75 acres of property for their planned First Responder Training facility at the end of 2020.

  • The City is working with the Lennar/FivePoint team on the project’s financial model so that we can re-engage and complete our negotiations with the Navy regarding the payment terms for City’s parcels.

Finding of Suitability to Lease (FOSL)

  • The Navy is completing a Finding of Suitability to Lease or FOSL so that negotiations regarding leasing the remainder of the Base to local recipients can take place.  Reaching agreement on lease terms would remove the Navy from the day-to-day management of the Base – but not impact their continued obligation to clean up contaminated parcels prior to transfer.

Specific Plan/CEQA Review

  • The Lennar/FivePoint team continues to write the Specific Plan for all 2,300 acres of development that will occur over the next 30 years.  Lennar is the designated Master Developer for Phase 1 of the development, roughly the first 500 acres.  Several technical issues around the design of required infrastructure has delayed the completion of the Specific Plan draft.

  • City staff and consultants are preparing the environmental analysis of the planned development – reviewing potential impacts, like traffic, and ways to address them in the Specific Plan.


  • Both the draft public Specific Plan and draft public Environmental Impact Report are expected to be released for public consideration in January 2020 – with public meetings, workshops and hearings – leading to a Council decision in the Summer of 2020.

  • The Community Advisory Committee is on hiatus until the draft public Specific Plan is ready for their review and consideration – now likely in January 2020.

Resource Permitting

  • The City’s efforts to secure site-wide resource permits – i.e. Wetlands, endangered species protection, and creek restoration is on track with the goal of obtaining the necessary permits ahead of planned infrastructure work.

Campus District Visioning / Tournament Sports Park Conceptual Planning

  • Throughout 2019 the City embarked on two parallel projects – visioning for the proposed 120 acre Campus District and conceptual planning for the 175 Tournament Sports Park/Great City Park.  After numerous public meetings of the Blue Ribbon Committee regarding the Campus District and public workshops regarding the Sports Park – both reports were presented and accepted by the City Council at their June 4 meeting.  Both reports principles and concepts are being included in the draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.

Disposition and Development Agreement

  • The Disposition and Development Agreement between the City and the Master Developer for Phase 1 is tied to the accepted Term Sheet and the mitigations to be determined during discussions about the Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report.  The DDA will be one of the documents the Council considers together with the SP and EIR. 

Assuming the City Council approves the Specific Plan in the Summer of 2020, the expected construction timeline is as follows:

Horizontal Infrastructure – 2022/2023

The amount design work, coordination, and additional permitting may delay horizontal infrastructure work (sewer, water, electricity, and roads, etc.) to 2022 or beyond.

Vertical Construction – Start 2023

The timing of vertical construction (homes, offices, and stores) is largely dependent on successful infrastructure installation, but is not expected before 2023.

The project has an estimated 30 year build out.

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Oct 09

Status Bullets - October 9, 2018

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 5:13 PM by Guy Bjerke

October 9, 2018 – Project Status Update
Link to Implementation Schedule Bar Chart

Property Transfer

The City is working with the Navy and other local recipients to reach First Transfer of property over the next 12 months.  The Park District expects to receive about 2,300 of their 2,600 acres by the end of this year.  The Navy hopes to reach first transfer for the County and City – all 75 acres for the County and 1,200 acres of the City’s 2,300 acres – by the summer of 2019.

The City is preparing property lines and legal parcel descriptions for the entire Base and preparing a Transition Plan with all local recipients to ensure access, security and utility needs are coordinated during the transfer and development phases of the project.

The City is working with the Lennar/FivePoint team on the project’s financial model so that we can re-engage and complete our negotiations with the Navy regarding the payment terms for City’s Economic Development Conveyance parcels.

Finding of Suitability to Lease (FOSL)

The Navy is completing a Finding of Suitability to Lease or FOSL with the idea that after First Transfers are achieved in 2019 – negotiations regarding leasing the remainder of the Base to local recipients will take place.  Reaching agreement on lease terms would remove the Navy from the day-to-day management of the Base – but not impact their continued obligation to clean up contaminated parcels prior to transfer.

The Council will be holding a study session on Tuesday, October 30 to hear from the Navy and representatives from the regulatory agencies about the clean up on our Base, and how our clean up compares with the clean-up and concerns being raised at the Hunters’ Point project.

Disposition and Development Agreement

The Disposition and Development Agreement is tied to the accepted Term Sheet and the mitigations to be determined during discussions about the Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report.  The DDA will be one of the documents the Council considers together with the SP and EIR at the end of 2019.  The DDA framework is being assembled by the City and Lennar/FivePoint teams – with negotiation sessions starting in early 2019.

The Lennar/FivePoint team has, so far, held three meetings with representatives of the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council to negotiate issues associated with Project Labor Agreements.  Another meeting is expected in the next month.

The City and Lennar/FivePoint team has held several discussions with the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord this year to understand the additional issues the Coalition would like to see included in the DDA.

Specific Plan/CEQA Review

Based on Council direction on August 22, Lennar/FivePoint is now writing the Specific Plan.  The Community Advisory Committee is on hiatus until the draft public Specific Plan is ready for their review and consideration – now likely in spring 2019.  Staff will be bringing a resolution extending the terms of CAC members from December 2018 to December 2019 for your consideration at your meeting on November 13.

Council also asked staff to hold additional meetings for the North Concord neighborhoods.  A meeting was held last Thursday evening (October 4) for residents living within 500 feet of the North Concord BART Station or Coast Guard property.  A meeting for the larger neighborhood is planned for next Tuesday evening, October 16 at the senior center beginning at 6 p.m.

The CEQA or environmental review will be getting underway in November – with the publication of a Notice of Preparation and a public scoping session, likely, in December.  The draft public Environmental Impact Report will likely be ready for review and comment in the summer of 2019.

This means the draft Specific Plan and draft EIR are unlikely to enter into our formal consideration process before the fall of 2019 and will not reach the City Council until the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Therefore, the timeframes for work and public review of the Specific Plan and EIR are now longer than we imagined last May when the Council extended Lennar/FivePoints negotiating agreement to July 2019.  Staff will be bringing a second extension of the negotiating agreement to the Council for your consideration at your meeting on November 13.

Resource Permitting

The City’s efforts to secure site-wide resource permits – ie. Wetlands, endangered species protection, and creek restoration is on track with the goal of obtaining the necessary permits ahead of planned infrastructure work.

Campus District Visioning

Earlier this year the Council retained a planning consultant and formed a Blue Ribbon Committee to evaluate opportunities and options for the development of the Campus District.  The BRC held its first meeting in September and will meet on monthly basis through April 2019 to consider a series of topics that should result in a report establishing a community vision for the Campus District.

Tournament Sports Park Conceptual Planning

Staff has also begun the conceptual planning discussion for the Tournament Sports Park.  A request for proposals to assist with planning was issued last summer and staff will be bringing forward a recommended firm and contract to the Council for your consideration at your meeting on November 13.  The planning process itself will likely start in January and result in a report of recommendations for Council consideration in the April/May 2019 timeframe.

Horizontal Infrastructure – 2022/2023

The amount design work, coordination, and additional permitting may delay horizontal infrastructure work to 2022 or beyond.

Vertical Construction – Start 2023

The timing of vertical construction is largely dependent on successful infrastructure installation, but is not expected before 2023.

Jul 23

Reuse Project - Specific Plan Path Forward - July 16, 2018

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:23 AM by Guy Bjerke

Reuse Project – Specific Plan Path Forward

July 16, 2018

Community Input

Over the past 18 months the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) staff and Lennar/FivePoint team have collected community input and questions to be addressed in the Draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.  The feedback was obtained from regular Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings; Planning Commission/City Council study sessions; community-wide workshops; neighborhood focused meetings; and numerous small group meetings with interested community stakeholders.

All of the input, so far, has helped shape and inform the Lennar/FivePoint team’s proposed land-use program for the Specific Plan – which is also designed to be consistent with the City’s project goals as expressed in the 2012 Adopted Area Plan, 2012 Council Resolution regarding Affordable Housing, and the 2016 Accepted Term Sheet for the negotiation of the Disposition and Development Agreement between the LRA and Lennar Concord, LLC.

On May 15, the CAC provided feedback on Lennar/FivePoint’s revised, proposed land-use program.  On June 6, the Planning Commission and City Council also provided feedback on the revised, proposed land-use program.  The Lennar/FivePoint team is currently preparing revisions and responses to those comments for City Council consideration and direction at a special study session set for August 22.

Drafting the Specific Plan and Preparing the EIR

Assuming direction to proceed from the City Council on August 22, the Lennar/FivePoint team will focus their efforts on the drafting of the Specific Plan and the LRA staff/consultants will begin the preparation of the technical studies, environmental analysis/Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The writing of the Draft Specific Plan and the technical analyses, then preparation of the draft EIR is expected to take between 6 to 9 months.  Staff now expects a public Draft Specific Plan will be published in February 2019 and a public Draft EIR should be released in June 2019.

The regular monthly meetings of the CAC will be suspended during this drafting period, resuming in early 2019 for their review and consideration of the public Draft Specific Plan for recommendation to the Planning Commission.  The terms of CAC members will be extended by Council Resolution to accommodate the revised Specific Plan timeline.

Prior to initiating work on the EIR, the City will collect additional public input via the 30-day comment period associated with the publication of the Project Description and Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the EIR.  We expect the NOP to be released in the fall.  Comments collected during this NOP process, together with the comments and questions collected during our community input process, will be addressed in the Draft Specific Plan and environmental analysis.

Review of the Specific Plan and EIR

The CAC will resume monthly – and perhaps more frequent meetings – upon the release of the public Draft Specific Plan.  The CAC will review the public Draft Specific Plan, and the subsequent Draft EIR – with proposed mitigations to address impacts – once published.  After appropriate review, the CAC will be asked to make a recommendation to the Planning Commission and the Commission will then make a recommendation to the City Council.

During the Draft EIR public review period, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the environmental analysis. 

After the CAC has made their recommendation – both the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR will enter the City’s formal planning review process.  They will be the subject of formal public hearings – to be considered and recommended by the Planning Commission to the City Council for ultimate adoption and certification on a schedule that will be determined once both documents are publicly available.

After the Draft EIR comment period, the City will respond to the comments received and publish the Final EIR.  The target date for City Council consideration of the Specific Plan, Final EIR and the related Disposition and Development Agreement is fall of 2019.


Summary

  • The City Council will be asked to provide direction to Lennar/FivePoint and LRA staff to proceed with the drafting of the Specific Plan and environmental analysis at their special study session on August 22.


  • The community input and questions collected over the past 18 months will be addressed in the writing of the Draft Specific Plan, a process which is expected to take between 6 to 9 months. 


  • The CAC’s monthly meetings will be suspended during this drafting period. The Committee member’s terms will be extended by Council Resolution.


  • The CAC will resume their review, and additional community input will be considered, when the Draft Specific Plan document is published in February 2019 and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is released in June 2019.


  • After the CAC has reviewed the Draft Specific Plan and Draft EIR they will be asked to make a recommendation that the documents enter the City’s formal planning review process.