CONCORD -- The City Council on Tuesday begins a multiyear discussion on plans to transform the downtown BART station area into a walkable neighborhood of high-density homes and new businesses.

The council is set to discuss the scope of the downtown project and the schedule of community meetings to discuss how it should take shape. The city held a brainstorming session with residents on Saturday.

Under the preliminary schedule, the planning will begin in January. A draft of the plan should be ready at the end of 2013, and a fiscal analysis and final review in 2014.

The Concord council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers, 1950 Parkside Drive.

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