Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project

Authors: Human Impact Partners, Jonathan Heller, Celia Harris

Location: United States

Completion Date: January 2009

HIA Report: Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project Health Impact Assessment

Summary of the HIA

Proposed Policy or Project

The Concord Naval Weapons Station is a 5,028-acre former US Navy weapons storage site that is to be redeveloped by the City of Concord, CA. In 2008, the City of Concord proposed seven development alternatives that each included locations for housing, commercial space, community facilities, parks, roadways, and public transit service. The original seven alternatives were later narrowed to two.

Background and Policy Context

At the request of the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord and with support from The California Endowment, HIP conducted this HIA to analyze how the alternatives being considered for the CNWS Reuse Project would help realize health and well-being benefits or, potentially, lead to negative health outcomes. The analysis considered how health would be impacted by changes in housing, jobs, transportation, retail and services, and parks and open space, and developed recommendations in each of these areas as to how to improve the potential health outcomes.

Scope and Methods

Research questions considered in the HIA were based on health-related needs and concerns of the Concord community and organized into five topic areas: Housing, Jobs, Transportation, Retail and Services, and Parks and Open Space. Research questions were identified by reviewing health statistics, results of a community survey, public documents regarding the CNWS site and various proposals for the use of the site. Methods included a literature review, focus groups, review of public data sources, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and GIS mapping.

Summary of Findings

After evaluating health implications of several proposed development plans being considered by the City, the HIA identified potentially negative impacts of the plans, such as insufficient affordable housing to match the wages of anticipated jobs created on the site. In addition, the HIA provided several other health-promoting recommendations such as maximizing residential density near a BART station to allow residents the greatest access to transit and other goods and services.

Decisions/Actions following the release of the HIA

Human Impact Partners presented the HIA at a City Council meeting attended by over 100 community members. HIP also met with city and consultant staff to discuss HIA findings and recommendations. The City of Concord and their consultant completed a Revised Environmental Impact Report assessing impacts of their final two proposed development proposals, and Human Impact Partners submitted a public comment letter asking for additional health analyses. The HIA report was included as an attachment.

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E. Celia Harris

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