Plan Bay Area

Plan Bay Area is an unprecedented regional strategy for creating sustainable communities throughout the region. Greenbelt Alliance has been a leading advocate for Plan Bay Area from day one—spearheading support for its adoption in 2013 and again for its first update in 2017 when it became Plan Bay Area 2040. Plan Bay Area 2050 will dig deeper into the issues that face the Bay Area now and over the next 30 years.

Plan Bay Area 2050 will outline a roadmap for the Bay Area’s future. While it will pinpoint policies and investments necessary to advance the goal of a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy, and vibrant Bay Area, Plan Bay Area 2050 neither funds specific infrastructure projects nor changes local policies. Cities and counties will retain all local land-use authority. Plan Bay Area 2050 does identify a potential path forward for future investments, including infrastructure to improve our transportation system and to protect communities from rising sea levels. It also advises on the types of public policies necessary to realize a future growth pattern for housing and jobs.

As the leading organization on how the Bay Area grows, we are working to make Plan Bay Area’s vision a reality.

Plan Bay Area Final Blueprint Released: Major Environmental Milestones Met but Work Still Needed

You Can Help

Thank you to all those who joined us on this journey over the last eight years. Now that Plan Bay Area 2050 has begun, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work to bring the plan’s smart growth and climate adaptation goals to fruition.

We’re already hard at work on both those fronts. For example, were serving on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation Committee, to advocate for sustainable solutions housing solutions that promote climate-smart development. And we’re working on the ground in places like Sunnyvale, Sonoma, Contra Costa, and Solano County.

Thank you for your support in making our work possible. Together, we will show the nation how a bold vision for a better future can become reality—but it won’t be easy. It requires dedicated effort in every city and town across the region. Help us make the Bay Area more affordable and sustainable by showing your support for climate smart development inside of our cities and towns.

Lend your support for these Greenbelt Alliance endorsed developments. Tell local politicians that you support smart growth. 


Staff Contact: Zoe Siegel, Director of Special Projects

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

See the Plan Bay Area website for more information on specifics around the plan.

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