Plan Bay Area

Plan Bay Area is an unprecedented regional strategy for creating sustainable communities throughout the region. Greenbelt Alliance was the leading advocate for Plan Bay Area from day one, spearheading support for its adoption in 2013 as well as its first update in 2017.

The final plan is a blueprint for directing all growth in the Bay Area to occur within our existing urban footprint, instead of sprawling onto our natural and agricultural lands. Here are some highlights from the plan:

  • No sprawl for 25 years—100% of new growth within existing urban growth boundaries
  • Nearly 80% of new homes and more than half of all new jobs near transit
  • An “Action Plan” chapter with local and regional solutions for our housing affordability, economic development, and climate resilience challenges

Plan Bay Area is updated every four years.

As the leading organization on how the Bay Area grows, we are working to keep Plan Bay Area on track through the update process.

Plan Bay Area 2040 Adopted


Greenbelt Alliance’s Fixing the Foundation report on barriers to growing smart in specific cities and towns.
Greenbelt Alliance’s Grow Smart Bay Area report on accommodating regional growth.
See the Plan Bay Area website for more information on specifics around the plan.

Map of Plan Bay Area Priority Development Areas



NPH, Urban Habitat, Public Advocates, The Nature Conservancy, Bay Area SB375 Partners Network

Staff Contact: Matt Vander Sluis

Photo: Clint Sharp via Flickr

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