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The Concord City Council and City staff committed to a collaborative and inclusive community-wide outreach and planning process to develop the Reuse Plan. The City held a series of community workshops in its role as the LRA. In the fall of 2006, a 21-member Community Advisory Committee was appointed by the LRA to assist in soliciting community perspectives and to advise the LRA on the development of the Reuse Plan. Residents had the opportunity to comment on the plan at multiple public meetings, workshops and forums as well as through letters, surveys and emails.
The Reuse Plan considered a number of alternative concepts for the development of the Inland Area. The alternatives were evaluated through the planning process and the environmental review process, and ultimately a Preferred Alternative was selected to provide a framework for the Area Plan. More information on the Reuse Plan can be found on the Reuse Plan Page.
The Area Plan diagram included in Book One carries forward the essential qualities of the adopted Reuse Plan, including the location of various development types and the total quantity of housing and employment-generating development on the site. It does reflect some refinement of the Reuse Plan concepts, as described here on the Area Plan page.
As the site is developed, the master developer(s) will be responsible for following the vision and standards described in the Area Plan. The Master Developer will prepare a Specific Plan to carry out the Area Plan and its standards, refining conceptual plans and adding detail and specificity.
The Area Plan establishes a site-wide maximum of 12,270 housing units. Following the goal set by the Area Plan, Concord City Council passed a resolution requiring that 25% of units be affordable. See the
A Specific Plan is intended to implement the City's General Plan. Since the Area Plan was adopted into the City's General Plan in 2012, in this case the Specific Plan will create a detailed plan to implement the Area Plan. It will provide detail for the Phase One Development area and the rest of the development area. The Specific Plan is necessary because the Area Plan does not provide sufficient detail to specify the detailed design of the development—how it will look and feel. The Specific Plan will guide the development's urban design, such as mix and intensity of development, block and district layout, public spaces, community facilities, transportation network, and more. It will provide a clear picture for how the development will complement and contribute to the surrounding neighborhoods. The plan will be completed by the Master Developer, with input and guidance from the City and will clearly reflect the vision, goals, and commitments of the Area Plan.