CONCORD — City leaders leaned Monday night toward a plan that focuses on building small villages separated by parks on the mothballed Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The "clustered villages" concept calls for 28,900 people, 12,300 housing units, 26,500 jobs and about 3,200 acres of parkland and open space. That's 64 percent of the base's 5,028 inland acres, which is the part slated for development.

The other alternative — the "concentration and conservation plan," calls for more parks and open space — 3,680 acres. But there are no small villages, complete with their own schools and miniature retail hubs, in this plan.

Both plans call for intense development near the North Concord BART station, along with preservation of ridge lines and hillsides.

"I like the clustered villages approach because it spreads the development out a little bit, but I think it's still too dense," said Mayor Bill Shinn.

The council will not choose a preferred plan until its Jan. 12 meeting. Monday night was the first time in the two-year planning process that the council formally weighed in on the plans, which were chosen by a citizen-led panel.

Reach Tanya Rose at trose@bayareanewsgroup.com.



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