Plan Bay Area

In 2008, the California legislature passed SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act, which will reduce emissions through housing and transportation planning decisions and funding mechanisms. Under SB375, each region in California must adopt a Sustainable Communities Strategy: a region-wide transportation and land-use plan that will meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets set by the state.

The Bay Area regional planning agencies, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, are currently developing Plan Bay Area, our region’s Sustainable Community Strategy.  Plan Bay Area is the region’s best opportunity to plan for new growth in a smart way. Plan Bay Area will create a blueprint for the next generation of growth, guiding where best to build homes, office spaces, and shops for current and future residents.  The current pattern of growth and development is not working. Many Bay Area residents spend countless hours in traffic, precious hours that could be spent with family and friends. But with Plan Bay Area, we have an opportunity to chart a new future. The Commission will approve Plan Bay Area in April 2013.

YouChoose how the Bay Area grows

By 2035, the nine-county Bay Area needs to add over 900,000 new households and 1.2 million new jobs. We have to plan now for how we get around and how we build. We have to grow smarter.

Plan Bay Area will also include the Regional Transportation Plan, which will distribute over $200 billion dollars in funding for transportation projects around the Bay Area over the next 25 years. A strong Plan Bay Area will direct those much needed federal, state, and local funds to cities that plan for growth around existing transportation corridors as opposed to sprawling into the region’s greenbelt. Use this neat interactive tool at to see how regional planning can improve the Bay Area.


Plan Bay Area News

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014     

The Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas

On July 17, the Bay Area made its strongest regional commitment yet to protecting our natural and agricultural lands. The Association of Bay Area Governments unanimously approved the new and improved Priority Conversation Area Program. Continue reading

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Thursday, August 1st, 2013     

Plan Bay Area could spark housing development boom. Or not

With much-debated, frequently derided Plan Bay Area now approved, our region is officially on notice that it needs close to 200,000 new housing units over the next few decades. Next question: Who’s going to build it all? Continue reading

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013     

Plan Bay Area is Approved

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to grow with 2.1 million people by 2040. Plan Bay Area, a regional transportation and housing plan to accommodate this growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was approved Friday by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Continue reading

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