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. ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are expected to adopt Plan Bay Area 2050 in summer 2021. Learn more at planbayarea.org.
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 jurisdiction 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.
This long-range planning process is comprised of several key phases, outlined below. For full details, visit planbayarea.org.
- Horizon (Spring 2018 to Fall 2019): A predecessor initiative to Plan Bay Area 2050, Horizon explored a suite of investment and policy strategies to ensure a more resilient and equitable future in the face of uncertainty.
- Draft Blueprint (Fall 2019 to Summer 2020): Integrating the recommendations from Horizon, the Draft Blueprint served as a “first draft” of Plan Bay Area 2050. Comprised of 25 strategies, it was designed to advance the plan vision of a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy, and vibrant Bay Area for all.
- Final Blueprint (Summer 2020 to End of 2020): Building on the Draft Blueprint, the Final Blueprint refined and expanded strategies to make further progress on the five key challenges identified in the Draft Blueprint analysis, while integrating robust public feedback received during the summer of 2020.
- Environmental Impact Report (Fall 2020 to Fall 2021): The Environmental Impact Report is analyzing the potential environmental effects of the Final Blueprint, as well as a range of alternatives, in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
- Implementation Plan (Fall 2020 to Fall 2021): The Implementation Plan will define specific near-term actions for ABAG, MTC and partners to advance each of the strategies adopted in the Final Blueprint, focusing on the next five years.