Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Public Law (P.L.) 91-190, 42 United States Code [U.S.C.] 4321-4347), as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) procedures implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 15001508), the Department of the Navy (DON) has prepared and filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential human and natural environmental consequences associated with the disposal of surplus property at the former Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment Concord (NWS Concord), in the City of Concord, Contra Costa County, California, and its subsequent proposed reuse by the local community. In March 2007, DON declared approximately 5,028 acres of property (subsequently revised to 4,972 acres of property) at the former NWS Concord to be surplus to the needs of the federal government, in accordance with P.L. 101-510, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, as amended in 2005 (DBCRA). On February 7, 2006, the City of Concord was designated as the Local Redevelopment Authority for redevelopment of the former NWS Concord, and the city prepared and adopted in 2012 the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan (Area Plan) to guide the proposed reuse of the surplus property. The DON released the Draft EIS on October 10, 2014, followed by a 45-day public comment period. Comments received on the Draft EIS have been incorporated/addressed in this Final EIS.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the NWS Concord Final EIS, visit the Navy BRAC Program Management Office (PMO) website (http://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/), or contact Director, BRAC PMO West, Attn: Concord EIS, 33000 Nixie Way, Building 50, San Diego, California, 92147, telephone: 619-524-5096, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final EIS was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the DBCRA; NEPA; the CEQ regulations implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508); Navy procedures for implementing NEPA (32 CFR 775); Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Manual M-5090.1; and other applicable Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy policies and guidance. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the EIS was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2013 (Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 50/Friday, March 14, 2013/Notices) and the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft EIS was published by the EPA in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014 (Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 197/Friday, October 10, 2014/Notices). The DON is the lead agency for the proposed action, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) serving as a cooperating agency for the preparation of the EIS.
The purpose of the proposed action is to dispose of surplus property at the former NWS Concord for subsequent reuse in a manner consistent with the policies adopted by the City of Concord during reuse planning that took place between 2008 and 2012. The need for the proposed action is to comply with the DBCRA and to provide the local community the opportunity for economic development and job creation.
The Final EIS has considered two redevelopment alternatives for the disposal and reuse of NWS Concord. Both redevelopment alternatives would be generally consistent with the policies developed by the City of Concord during the reuse planning process that took place between 2008 and 2012. Both alternatives focus on the preservation of a significant amount of open space and conservation areas, and sustainable development characterized by walkable neighborhoods, transit-oriented development, and complete streets that balance multiple types of transportation. Under both alternatives, most installation facilities would be demolished, and the western side of the property would be developed as a series of mixed-use development districts, with a higher concentration of development at the north end, near State Route 4 and the North Concord/Martinez Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station. Redevelopment under either alternative would include parks and open spaces and sustainable design and planning principles. A No Action alternative was also considered, as required by NEPA and to provide a point of comparison for assessing impacts of the redevelopment alternatives.
Alternative 1 includes the disposal of the former NWS Concord by DON and local reuse in a manner consistent with the adopted Area Plan. The Area Plan encompasses a total of 5,046 acres, and includes approximately 74 acres of non-Navy property. This alternative has been identified as the Preferred Alternative by DON. Under Alternative 1, approximately 70 percent of the property would be maintained as conservation, parks, or recreational land uses, and 30 percent would be mixed-use development, including a mix of office, retail, residential, community facilities, light industrial, and research and development/educational land uses. Development on the site would allow for up to a maximum of 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space within the development footprint. Two major conservation areas proposed include a 2,537-acre regional park, which would encompass the east side of the property along the ridgeline of Los Medanos Hills, and the Mt. Diablo Creek corridor.
Alternative 2 is also consistent with the policies adopted by the City of Concord during the reuse planning process, but it represents a slightly different land use pattern, increased residential development, and a higher intensity of use overall. Alternative 2 also has a slightly smaller development footprint than the Area Plan. Approximately 70 percent of the property would be maintained as conservation, parks, or recreational land uses under Alternative 2, and 30 percent would be mixed-use development, including a mix of office, retail, residential, community facilities, light industrial, and research and development/educational land uses. Development on the site would allow for up to a maximum of 15,872 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space within the development footprint. (The total area of commercial uses would be the same for Alternative 2 as Alternative 1.) Two major conservation areas proposed include a regional park and the Mt. Diablo Creek corridor.
The No Action Alternative is also analyzed in the Final EIS, as required by NEPA. Under this alternative, NWS Concord would be retained by the U.S. government in caretaker status. No reuse or redevelopment would occur.
The Final EIS addresses potential environmental impacts under each alternative associated with land use and zoning; socioeconomics and environmental justice; air quality; biological resources; cultural resources; topography, geology, and soils; hazards and hazardous substances; noise; public services; transportation, traffic, and circulation; utilities and infrastructure; visual resources and aesthetics; and water resources. The analysis addresses direct and indirect impacts, and accounts for cumulative impacts from other foreseeable federal, state, or local activities at and around the former NWS Concord property. The DON conducted a scoping process to identify community concerns and local issues that should be addressed in the EIS and considered public comments received on the Draft EIS following its release in October 2014. The Final EIS identifies significant adverse impacts to air quality and traffic, and significant beneficial impacts to land use, socioeconomics, and public services.
Federal, state, and local agencies, as well as interested members of the public, are invited to view the Final EIS. The Final EIS is available for viewing at the following locations:
Concord Library, 2900 Salvio Street, Concord, CA 94519
Pittsburg Library, 80 Power Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565
Pleasant Hill Library, 1750 Oak Park Boulevard, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
An electronic version of the Final EIS can be viewed or downloaded at the following website: http://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/. A limited number of hard copies are available by contacting the DONs Base Realignment and Closure Program Management Office (BRAC PMO) at the address in this notice.
Following a 30-day waiting period, after publication of the NOA in the Federal Register, the DON will announce its Record of Decision which will be published in the Federal Register and local newspapers.