City of Concord California

News Release

August 24, 2017

New speaker program highlights planning topics

Beginning next month, residents have a new opportunity to learn about topics related to some important community issues. An educational speaker series will soon become part of upcoming Planning Commission meetings.

"There are many topics in the series that we think will be of interest to residents," said Planning Commission Chair Jason Laub. "The series will also provide commissioners with information to assist us in our deliberations and making informed decisions. Residents can attend the meetings or watch the sessions on Concord Cable TV. Our meetings are also streamed on the City's website so anyone with internet access can watch as well."

The intent of the series is to provide more background information on topics that may come before the Planning Commission in the future. Some of the upcoming topics include parking, affordable housing, and autonomous vehicles. Speakers will give a general overview of the subject and then answer questions from commissioners.

"We believe this is a pretty unique program," said Laub. "Planning issues are sometimes a mystery to our residents, so we hope our efforts will lead to a more informed community."

Parking will be the topic at the Sept. 6 meeting with a speaker from TransForm, a non-profit working on innovative solutions to parking issues. A speaker from the East Bay Housing Organizations will present an overview of affordable housing at the Sept. 20 meeting. On Oct. 4, the topic will be autonomous vehicles with a speaker from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

The Planning Commission meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Dr. For more information, contact Principal Planner Michael Cass, (925) 671-3332, or Planning Manager Laura Simpson, (925) 671-3369,

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