Goals and Guiding Principles

Community Develops Vision and Goals for Reuse of the Concord Naval Weapons Station

The overall vision for the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) was developed by the City and community during Phase I of the project May - August 2006 (see Planning Framework, sidebar at right).

Hundreds of Concord residents and community leaders took part in Phase 1 of the Community Reuse Project, offering their ideas and thoughts about the issues, opportunities and priorities for reuse of the CNWS.

Overarching Goals (OG)

No priority is implied by the order of presentation of the goals and guiding principles. Overarching goals for the Concord Community Reuse Project are as follows:

Adopt an innovative, long-term view that benefits future generations, encourages a sense of community pride, and that shall be recognized internationally.

Balance a broad range of community needs, regional and local requirements, and the need for parks & open space, with the need for jobs, housing and community facilities.
Maintain long-term economic viability of the project by ensuring that capital costs, future operations and maintenance costs are satisfied on a self-sustaining basis.

Build on community assets and opportunities, address critical needs, create net positive benefits, and provide new opportunities to live, work and play.

Community-Defined Goals and Guiding Principles

In August 2006, the City Council adopted the goals and guiding principles for the Reuse Plan, shown below. These goals and guiding principles were developed by the community through participation in a series of community workshops, and address planning considerations; community development; parks, recreation and open space; economic development; and transportation. Click on a tab below at right to see a full description of each of these goals and guiding principles.

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Inclusive, Transparent and Collaborative Planning Process. The planning process will be open and collaborative, resulting in a comprehensive Reuse Plan that reflects the input of residents, businesses, organizations, neighboring cities and public agencies.

Offering Choices. The Plan will include housing, jobs, and cultural and recreational uses that reflect community values and serve residents and the region.


Ensure environmental remediation; phase development, provide buffer zones, access to open space and trails; avoid sprawl; emphasize highquality development that enhances the identity of Concord; include emergency preparedness programs; learn from other communities; identify regional partnerships and goals; and address long-term air quality, water quality and traffic impacts.

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Community Benefits. The existing community will receive positive benefits from the project.

Community Character. New developments will be compatible with the character of existing neighborhoods.

Multi-Generational and Inclusive Community. New development will be responsive to the needs of people of different ages, ethnicities, social and cultural backgrounds, income groups, and people with disabilities.

Environmentally Sustainable Development. Uses will minimize depletion of natural resources, promote environmental stewardship and economic development, and contribute to the well being of current and future generations.


Ensure that new development is a logical extension of the existing community; provide a mix of uses and housing types, with an appropriate balance of housing and jobs; include new arts centers, museums and schools; ensure new infrastructure is paid for; integrate parks, sports fields and open space elements and minimize parking and traffic impacts; and incorporate green design and construction.

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Resource Conservation. Natural, cultural and historic resources will be preserved for the long-term benefit of the ecosystem. The Plan will value the natural environment and promote conservation and education.

Land Stewardship. The City will take a leadership role in sustainable land management.

Community Parks and Recreation. The Plan will meet the long-term park and recreation needs of the community.


Ensure large, contiguous and usable open space elements; protect significant views and viewsheds; use a watershed approach to preserve and enhance natural resources; address water quality, wildlife corridors, habitats, and flood control; explore connections with other regional and local parks and trails; integrate habitats with other uses; provide a variety of parks and trails; include sports facilities and community centers; ensure facilities meets needs of people of all abilities.

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Vibrant and Diverse Economy. The Plan will stimulate the local and regional economy by creating quality jobs, products, services and revenues.


Create quality jobs; complement existing business and retail areas; generate new opportunities for existing businesses; provide neighborhood- serving retail; encourage uses that provide ongoing revenue to pay for community services; promote “hire-local-first” policies; hold aside land for future opportunities; consider a research or university campus; develop collaborations between business and education; and do not fiscally burden the City and residents.

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Effective Transportation System. The Plan will include comprehensive, efficient transportation solutions including regional connectivity and multiple modes of travel.


Locate higher intensity uses around transit stations; utilize the existing public investment in infrastructure, such as BART; develop a range of transportation alternatives; address the needs of seniors, low income households and people with disabilities; explore innovative solutions to relieving traffic; and integrate new development with the existing community while minimizing transportation impacts.


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