What is Plan Bay Area 2050?
Plan Bay Area 2050 is a long-range plan charting the course for the future of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Plan Bay Area 2050 will focus on four key issues—the economy, the environment, housing and transportation—and will identify a path to make the Bay Area more equitable for all residents and more resilient in the face of unexpected challenges. Building on the work of the Horizon initiative, this new regional plan will outline strategies for growth and investment through the year 2050, while simultaneously striving to meet and exceed federal and state requirements. The Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are expected to adopt Plan Bay Area 2050 in summer 2021.
What will Plan Bay Area 2050 do? What won’t it do?
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 – as well as the types of public policies necessary to realize a future growth pattern for housing and jobs.
Ultimately, Plan Bay Area 2050 reflects a shared vision – one that cannot be implemented by any single organization or government agency. Only through partnership with local, state and federal governments – as well as with businesses and non-profit organizations – will the Plan’s vision come to fruition. Before the Plan is adopted in 2021, ABAG and MTC, along with partner organizations, will create an implementation plan that will advance the strategies outlined in Plan Bay Area 2050.
Members of the Bay Area public were invited to provide input on the newly released Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint during the public comment period (July 10-August 10, 2020). Nine Virtual Workshops were held, each with a specific county focus, as well as Telephone Town Halls in multiple languages. Summary feedback from those events will be posted soon on the Plan Bay Area website. This feedback will be incorporated to further refine the Final Blueprint to create a more resilient and equitable Bay Area for future generations. The Final Blueprint is slated for approval in late 2020 and will be integrated into Plan Bay Area 2050 prior to its adoption in 2021. View the event recordings below:
- Alameda Virtual Workshop
- Contra Costa Virtual Workshop
- Marin Virtual Workshop
- Napa Virtual Workshop
- San Francisco Virtual Workshop
- San Mateo Virtual Workshop
- Santa Clara Virtual Workshop
- Solano Virtual Workshop
- Sonoma Virtual Workshop