City of Concord California

News Release

May 13, 2015

Concord receives ABAG award for transit-friendly downtown plan

The City of Concord was recognized by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) with a Growing Smarter Together Award at ABAG's General Assembly on April 23 in Oakland. The award recognizes cities, towns and counties for innovative efforts in revitalization, planning, innovation and technology to create sustainable communities and to promote conservation and green community efforts. City staff presented the award to the Concord City Council at its meeting on May 12.

Concord received the Start it Up Award for the Downtown Concord Specific Plan. Recognized for its commitment to urban design, high praise was lavished on the City of Concord for the expansion of its economic vision for developing its historic downtown and core plaza.

With input from a variety of community members, including residents , business owners, local and regional stakeholders, and transportation partners, the plan capitalizes on the downtown's proximity to BART, which serves as the red carpet entryway into the city and promotes increased transit use. The plan provides a vision for how the downtown will integrate housing, jobs, retail, and transportation linkages including pedestrian, disability access, and vehicular traffic with transit hubs.

To learn more about the Downtown Concord Specific Plan, visit the City's website, or this link.

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