The City of Concord has released the survey results it recently conducted for public opinion on reuse plans for the Concord Naval Weapons Station. According to the City of Concord, the survey of 600 randomly selected Concord residents answered who 50 questions about the project.
“The conclusions of this survey mirror, in many ways, a similar survey that was conducted at the beginning of the planning process in 2006. Overall, residents favor a balanced approach. Respondents favored a mix of housing (single-family, townhouses, condos, larger and smaller units) as well has homes for sale and for rent. In addition to housing, office buildings and other projects that create jobs were supported.
“Survey respondents expressed a strong desire for open space as well as developed recreation areas and sports fields. The average amount of the land that respondents believe should be in open space and parks was 44 percent, with 72 percent calling for 50 percent or less. Respondents were clear, as in 2006, that the project must produce sufficient tax revenue to cover the city’s costs.
“In general, the responses support the themes represented in the “Clustered Villages” alternative, one of two plans being considered by the Concord City Council. The survey shows that respondents are more comfortable with less dense development as reflected in this alternative. This alternative focuses dense development around the North Concord BART station, but then spreads development out along the southern portion of the site in three pedestrian-friendly villages.
“The second plan, “Concentration and Conservation”, locates all development in the northwestern quarter of the project area with the remainder of the property left in open space. In order to be financially feasible, this alternative requires fairly dense residential development, which would give the area a more urban feel. The City Council is scheduled to select a preferred alternative at its January 12, 2009 meeting.