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What to do with Concord Naval Weapons Station?

By Gary Bogue
Friday, October 5th, 2007 at 6:53 am in Open space.

Concord City Council to choose Concord Naval Weapons Station alternatives, Tues., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.

HERE’S AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SAVE MOUNT DIABLO:
Make a huge difference for Mount Diablo and its foothills, wildlife and recreational opportunities! With your help we scored a victory on Oct. 2 (see below). The Oct. 9 Concord City Council meeting is even more important.

** Please Attend Council Meeting: The Concord City Council will consider Project Alternatives for the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr., Concord.

Save Mount Diablo and the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord have proposed our own alternative to preserve natural landscapes. The city’s consultants have prepared two new alternatives which include most of our requests (Alternatives 6 and 7) — but the City Council might refuse to include them!

Please attend the Concord City Council meeting and support the Community Coalition and inclusion of “Alternatives 6 and 7,” which would retain 72 percent to 81 percent of the base as parks, sports fields and open space. And please contact the City to strengthen your support.

It’s very important that we make a strong showing at this meeting. This past Tuesday, Oct. 2, we were successful when the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) voted 18-2 to include Alternatives 6 & 7, but there will be strong pressure on the city council to include just the alternatives with heavy development. Thank you to those of you who attended the CAC meeting.

While your attendance is most important, a letter, fax or e-mail would also be helpful.

WRITE CONCORD CITY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT
Write/Fax/E-mail: Concord City Council (Mark Peterson, Mayor; Bill Shinn, Vice Mayor; Helen M. Allen, Laura Hoffmeister, Guy Bjerke (Council members)): City of Concord, 1950 Parkside Dr., Concord, CA 94519; Fax: 925-671-3375; citycouncil@ci.concord.ca.us. If you are a resident of Concord, be sure to include that information in your letter or e-mail.
** Sample letter/e-mail: http://www.savemountdiablo.org/LetterSupportCCSCforCNWS.htm

BACKGROUND ON THE CONCORD NAVAL WEAPON STATION
The City of Concord is planning the reuse of the 5,100-acre Concord Naval Weapons Station — the largest development project in the East Bay.
** More about Concord Naval Weapons Station: http://www.concordreuseproject.org

The project could create a traffic nightmare from East County to the Bay Bridge, with development wall to wall, or it could protect thousands of acres of open space. The City’s alternatives currently being considered would add 6,250 to 13,000 new residential units (and related traffic) to Concord.

Save Mount Diablo is part of the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord (Community Coalition). The Coalition is a collection of affordable housing, interfaith, labor, conservation & neighborhood organizations seeking a plan that preserves the Weapons Station’s natural resources and scenic hillsides.

We support a new “Community Coalition alternative,” protecting 80 percent of the base for parks, open space, and recreation.
** Read our complete platform: http://www.ebho.org/CCSC_CNWS_Platform_09.2007.pdf

We support the creation of a major new regional park east of Mount Diablo Creek, a 300-foot buffer to the creek, and an urban linear park along the Station’s western boundary. Transit-oriented development should be centered on North Concord BART, north of Highway 4 and in “Bunker City” between the urban park and the creek buffer.

At the Oct. 2 Community Advisory Committee meeting, the City included two more alternatives to reflect specific requests of the CAC and the public. “Alternatives 6 and 7” are based on the Community Coalition platform and would achieve a healthy balance between development and preservation of the Weapons Station’s natural resources.

Please attend the City Council meeting on Oct. 9 to ensure parks & open space are balanced with proposed development.

Thank you. We really appreciate your help. /SAVE MOUNT DIABLO STAFF

** To learn more about Save Mount Diablo:
http://www.savemountdiablo.org/home.htm

This sounds like a pretty good plan for the Weapons Station. What do you think? /Gary

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