June 1, 2012
Hearing set on new zoning regulations
On Wednesday, June 6, the Concord Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft Concord Development Code at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr. A second hearing is scheduled for June 20. The City Council will consider the new Development Code in July.
The Development Code contains the City's zoning regulations and other rules that address planning and development matters. The new code responds to current real estate market trends and is intended to help the City carry out its economic development programs. It streamlines the approval process for new businesses and supports local business growth while ensuring that property is upgraded to enhance the City's appearance and image. The regulations also respond to new trends in subdivision design, while protecting the quality of existing Concord neighborhoods. A strong emphasis is placed on sustainable development, including the protection of hillsides, creeks, and mature trees.
This is the first time since 1953 that Concord's zoning regulations have been comprehensively overhauled. Work on the new code started in 2002, but was put on hold for several years while the City updated its General Plan. The current effort was launched in November 2010 and has involved numerous study sessions with the Concord Planning Commission and City Council. The project also includes amendments to the Concord General Plan, and a Supplement to the General Plan's Environmental Impact Report.
For more information on the project, visit www.concordcode.org or contact the City's Planning Department at (925) 671-3369.