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Emergency Protections for Tenants During COVID-19

As MTC and ABAG explore our housing portfolio through emergent activities like the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) and a new regional housing technical assistance program, conversations among our Commissioners and Board members have consistently highlighted the importance of a...

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ABAG Operational Changes Due to COVID-19 Concerns

ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) have made several important but temporary operational changes in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the continuing public health emergency.

ABAG and MTC staff have been working remotely since March 16, but are available...

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Final Call for PDAs Open Through May 31, 2020

ABAG and MTC have opened a second call for Letters of Interest for new and modified Priority Development Areas (PDAs) in advance of the Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint. 

Analysis of the Draft Blueprint’s growth geographies and strategies is currently underway. However, local...

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ABAG Executive Board Meeting March 19th Canceled

The ABAG Executive Board and Finance meetings on March 19th has been canceled by President Jesse Arreguin due to concerns around the transmission of the novel COVID-19 virus.  Shelter-in-place orders for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties...

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BayREN Codes and Standards Forum - Changes to the 2019 Energy Codes

This half-day forum provided an overview of significant changes to the 2019 Energy Code, including mandatory solar photovoltaic systems, and all-electric building and Energy Design Rating (EDR) compliance pathways for new homes. Technical experts spotlighted new technologies that jurisdictions...