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November 16, 2017, 5:28 PM

Improving the affordability and availability of housing is a top priority for the Walnut Creek City Council.

As part of this work, we are seeking public input on affordable housing – is there enough? What are the benefits of affordable housing? What are the concerns?

Please take our quick 5-minute survey to share your thoughts about these questions and more.

The survey will be available through December 31, 2017.

Please visit the Housing Programs web page for more information. You may also subscribe to our email list to receive notifications and information about affordable housing.

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August 29, 2017, 5:35 PM

Thank you to the over 200 participants that responded to our Proposed Land Use and Circulation Concepts survey!  

The results of the survey will be taken to the City Council at a September 19 study session along with the feedback from the August 10th Planning Commission meeting.

You can view the summarized results on Walnut Creek's Open Town Hall forum.

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May 15, 2017, 12:33 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent survey asking how Walnut Creek should implement the new marijuana law (otherwise known as Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act).

The City Council will be holding a study session at 4 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 16) to hear the results of the outreach, along with staff recommendations on moving forward.

In addition, at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 16), the City Council will consider two actions: 1, extending the existing temporary moratorium on marijuana-related commerce and outdoor cultivation at private residences for another 22 months and 15 days; and 2) revising the current second-hand smoke restrictions to specifically include marijuana smoke.

The agenda for both meetings, along with staff reports, is available online at

The meetings will be broadcast live on Walnut Creek TV - (Comcast Channel 28, Rossmoor 26, Astound Channel 29, ande AT&T U-Verse Channel 99), streamed on our website, and recorded for viewing on demand on our public meetings page:

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April 19, 2017, 11:54 AM

We encourage you to take a few minutes to review and provide feedback on the draft circulation concepts and land use alternatives for the North Downtown, which were presented at the April 17 Community Workshop.  These materials will be available for your comment in an online format through May 8, 2017.  A summary of all comments will be presented to City Council on May 16.   

Participation in this survey will help to inform Council and staff as we work to draft the Preferred Land Use and Circulation Plan. 

Add your voice here.

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April 6, 2017, 11:02 AM

The approval of Proposition 64 makes it legal for people over 21 to possess, use and grow marijuana for recreational purposes. In addition, Prop 64 opens the door to commercial marijuana operations such as retail sales, commercial cultivation and processing facilities. Under Prop 64, local governments have the ability to regulate commercial marijuana operations, as well as aspects of personal use. The Walnut Creek City Council is interested in knowing what the community thinks. How do you think the new marijuana rules should work in Walnut Creek? Take the survey and let us know!

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March 2, 2017, 5:08 PM

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey on the future of Lar Rieu Park. Based on the survey results and Lar Rieu Park planning sub-committee recommendations, the Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission is recommending the following amenities be constructed at Lar Rieu Park:

  1. Gravel pathways
  2. Viewing benches
  3. Picnic tables
  4. A community orchard created by community volunteers
  5. A gravel parking lot at the south entrance

These recommendations will be going to the City Council later this spring.

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January 3, 2017, 3:14 PM

What ideas do you have for the future of Lar Rieu Park, located at 196 El Camino Corto?

The 10-acre site, with an impressive view of Mt. Diablo, is largely undeveloped. A planning workgroup comprised of residents, City staff and commissioners is developing recommendations for the future of the park to take to the City Council. Provide feedback on their ideas, and share your own, by taking a short survey!

The survey will be open through Friday, January 20, 2017.

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November 28, 2016, 10:09 AM

Walnut Creek What’s your vision for North Downtown?

Work is underway on creating a specific plan for the North Downtown. North Downtown’s proximity to BART, the trail system and the 24/680 highway corridors make it highly attractive for future development. The Specific Plan is a holistic approach to creating a comprehensive long-term vision that outlines what to protect and what goals to pursue as development occurs.

What are your ideas for the North Downtown? Let us know by taking a short survey.

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February 17, 2016, 9:45 AM

The City is considering installing additional community gardens/farms within our park system. Help us measure community interest by taking this short survey!

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July 7, 2015, 1:29 PM

The Walnut Creek Police Department is considering the benefits, challenges and issues surrounding the use of body-worn cameras for patrol personnel. As part of this process, we are seeking public input through a Walnut Creek Open Town Hall survey. Your feedback is important! 

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May 4, 2015, 8:38 AM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent "Enhancing Public Communications & Outreach" survey. We received 158 responses, and will use the feedback to improve our communications program.

Two improvements frequently requested in the survey responses will be coming in the next several months. 

First, by the end of June, we will be launching an online subscription service where people can sign up to get email updates on topics in which they are interested. We will also introduce a regular electronic newsletter from the City Manager at that time.

Then, by late September, we will have a completely new website with improved search capabilities, streamlined navigation and mobile-friendly options. 

Also, there was a clear demand for more information about what's happening with downtown development. We are creating a special insert to the Summer Nutshell newsletter that will provide background about the downtown development, as well as a guide to how to get information about new projects and the planning process.

We are excited about these changes, and their ability to provide timely information to the public we serve.

If you ever want to reach me directly with ideas, suggestions or questions, my direct email is

Sincerely, Gayle Vassar Communications & Outreach Manager City of Walnut Creek

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March 26, 2015, 1:50 PM

With all the different ways of communicating today, it's more important than ever to make sure that what we are using is achieving the goal of informing and engaging our community. Please take this brief survey, and share your ideas on what information the City should be providing, what communications tools are working, and what is missing. Thank you!

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December 5, 2014, 11:34 AM

Thank you for participating in our recent survey on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Walnut Creek. Your responses will help us provide the types of programs, education, and outreach the community most wants as we work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement our Climate Action Plan.

On December 16, the City Council will hear a report on our Climate Action Plan progress, and consider proposals for a work plan for 2014-2016. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 1666 N. Main Street.

You can also watch the meeting online at or on Walnut Creek TV (check your cable listings).

Summary of survey responses

Overall, Walnut Creek residents reported that they are already taking a number of actions to reduce their carbon footprint, but are also interested in doing more to help the environment and to reduce utility bills.

The top three topics of interest (in order of ranking) were energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation. 

On the topic of transportation, 47% of respondents wanted to know more about public transit options in Walnut Creek and 38% wanted to know more about how to park once and walk in downtown Walnut Creek. Below are some resources to help you take action and learn more about each of these three topics.

Additional resources

Visit the City’s Going Green Together website for  information on energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, financing, and more.

Get the Going Green newsletter! Email Cara Bautista-Rao at to subscribe.

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November 3, 2014, 11:04 AM

The City of Walnut Creek is committed to working with residents and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Walnut Creek by 15 percent between 2005 (the baseline year) and 2020.

As part of our Climate Action Plan, we will be conducting workshops, outreach, and education on environmental issues.

But we need your help to make sure we are providing useful information! Please take our new survey on Open Town Hall to let us know what topics most interest you, and how we can help you take action to save energy and natural resources.

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August 13, 2014, 11:07 AM

Thank you for your input on Walnut Creek's purposed Plastic Bag Ordinance. Your feedback was compiled and reviewed by City Council as a tool for shaping the City's Plastic Bag Ordinance. On March 18, 2014 the Council of the City of Walnut Creek adopted an ordinance that prohibits the distribution of single-use carryout plastic bags at all retailers and restaurants, to be effective on September 18, 2014 and December 18, 2014 respectively. Retailers will have to charge 10-cents per paper bag. Consumers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to avoid the minimum paper bag charge. The City’s Clean Water Program has made available the Retailer Toolkit, which consists of pop-up tent for the cash register, window decal and an informational flyer for interested retail businesses. Consumers may request free reusable bags (while supplies last) from the City by sending an email to

Click here to read the Ordinance

Why did the City ban plastic bags?

Data obtained from conducting trash hot spot assessment and cleanup since 2010 along the City’s creek bank showed that single-use carryout plastic bags were among the most commonly found litter. The littering of plastic bags is an increasing blight on land and poses water quality problems. Due to their expansive and lightweight characteristics, wind easily carries these bags airborne. They end up entangled in bushes, tossed around along streets and freeways and in our local creeks despite the City’s efforts to pick up trash regularly. Most plastic bags do not biodegrade but instead persist in the environment for many years. These issues prompted Walnut Creek City Council to adopt the Plastic Bag ordinance on March 18, 2014.

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