About the Concord Community Reuse Project
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
The City of Concord, CA is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Concord Naval Weapons Station was created by the Navy in the 1940s during World War II. The Inland Area of the base was deactivated in 1997 and declared surplus property by the Navy in 2007.
The reuse of the 5,028 acre Inland Area of the Concord Naval Weapons Station represents a significant opportunity for Concord and for the region. Through an open and transparent planning process with the local and regional community, the City created the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan which will result in a world class transit oriented project.
Reuse Plan Goal
The City Council initially created a balanced Reuse Plan that would improve the quality of life for residents of Concord and the region through creation of new jobs, a variety of housing types, significant open space, preservation of natural resources, active parks, pedestrian and bike trails. and community facilities. The beReuse Plan is economically feasible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable. To allow the Reuse Plan to become a reality, it was expended into an Area Plan suitable for amendment into the City's General Plan.
Concord Naval Weapons Station Profile
The 12,800-acre Concord Naval Weapons Station is divided into two separate parts, the Tidal Area and the Inland Area.
Army Deep Water Port in Tidal Area
The Tidal Area of approximately 7,630 acres to the north borders Suisun Bay and includes a deep water port. This property has been transferred from the Navy to the Army along with 115 acres in the Inland Area. The Army property is not part of the Concord Community Reuse Project.
Inland Area Community Reuse Plan
The Inland Area was approved for closure by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in November 2005 and surplussed by the Navy in March 2007. This area is located entirely within the Concord city limits and is within the boundaries of the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan.
Size and Past Use
The CRP Area Plan makes up approximately one quarter of the land area of the city (8 square miles of the City's 31 square miles).
The property was used as a weapons storage and maintenance facility, but was mothballed by the Navy in 1997. There are currently not munitions stored on the site.
Ownership and reuse of the property
The Department of Defense selected the Concord City Council to act as the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) for the Concord Naval Weapons Station. The City Council, acting as the LRA, prepares the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, amended its General Plan to be consistent with the Area Plan.
The Navy continues to retain ownership of the property. Initial land transfer to the City or other public benefit applicants is 18-24 months away.
The Planning Process
In 2006, the Concord City Council, acting as the Local Reuse Authority (LRA), launched a multi-year process to prepare a Reuse Plan for the property. The City was committed to an open, transparent and inclusive planning process that involves all members of the community. Residents of Concord, business leaders and representatives from a wide range of community-based organizations play an important role in determining the future civilian reuse of the property.
Phase I (2006) – Public Outreach
In 2006, the City Council spent the year conducting a massive public outreach campaign.
The community responded with hundreds of comment cards, emails, and letters. Information was distributed and verbal comments were heard at a May Ideas Fair and City Council working sessions June 10, June 20, July 11 and August I. Additional information was obtained through a community-wide telephone survey, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, Council drop-in sessions, and an information booth at public events.
Goals and Guiding Principles
The project's Goals and Guiding Principles, compiled from the input received through the public outreach process, were approved by the City Council at an August 2006 meeting. This document serves as the foundation for the CRP Area Plan and can be found in the project library.
Phase II - Preparing the Reuse Plan (2007-2008)
Phase II of the project took three years and was completed in three stages. Stage one includes site inventory, analysis and assessment by the Project Team. In stage two, alternatives development and evaluation were completed. In stage three, the Reuse Plan was completed along with a strategic framework for moving forward. Phase IV translated the Reuse Plan, a Federal document, into an Area Plan that could serve as a platform for amendment of the City's General Plan.
Phase III – Detailed Reuse Plan (2010-2011)
In Phase III, the City Council prepared, finalized and adopted the Detailed Reuse Plan and community facilities plan. Phase III includes detailed infrastructure plans, dividing the property into parcels, zoning the parcels, and an implementation strategy and related development agreements for specific land use and fiscal structures. At the completion of Phase III, the LRA forwarded the Reuse Plan and Homeless Assistance Plan to the U.S. Navy and the Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD) per Federal regulations. The Reuse Plan and Homeless Assistance Plan can be found in the project library.
Phase IV – Concord Reuse Project Area Plan (2012)
The Concord Reuse Plan is a Federal document that has no bearing under California land law so it was necessary to create a platform to allow the City's General Plan to be amended to reflect the vision of the community. The City prepared a detailed Area Plan setting policies and standards for land use transportation, environmental protection, labor agreements, affordable housing and public safety.
Area Plan Diagram