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May 6, 2011 > Public Input sought for Bay Area long-range plan

Public Input sought for Bay Area long-range plan

Submitted By Kathleen Cha (ABAG) and John Goodwin (MTC)

Bay Area residents are invited to discuss the region's future growth at a series of public workshops being held in all nine Bay Area counties through May 19. Participants will use a fun, interactive web-based visual simulation tool to understand some of the challenges and trade-offs associated with the housing and transportation needs of our growing region. The discussion results and feedback will help inform development of Plan Bay Area, the region's long-range integrated land-use/transportation plan.

"Now is the time to speak up about your vision for a sustainable, prosperous future," said Adrienne Tissier, chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). "As our population is projected to grow from about 7 million to nearly 9 million people by 2040, we need a plan that meets the transportation and housing needs of current and future generations."

Plan Bay Area is led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in partnership with the Bay Area's other two regional government agencies, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

Additionally, the agencies are partnering with Envision Bay Area, an initiative led by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and a group of nonprofits working to promote public participation on Plan Bay Area. An online tool - YouChoose Bay Area - helps residents try out different growth scenarios and learn about some of the consequences for their communities. Visit the online tool at www.YouChooseBayArea.org.

The workshops are the next step in the Plan Bay Area process, following release of an Initial Vision Scenario, which has been presented at city council meetings and provides a starting point for conversations about where new development should occur and how new transportation investments can serve this growth in a way that promotes sustainable communities. (See www.OneBayArea.org/plan_bay_area/land_use.htm).

"Sustainable communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future," said ABAG Chair Mark Green. "That's why we're having this regional dialogue. We want to collaborate with elected officials, policymakers and residents in building a plan that is sensitive to Bay Area communities' environment, economy and social equity."

Space at each workshop is limited, and early registration is strongly encouraged by visiting www.OneBayArea.org/workshops, or by calling (510) 817-5831.

Plan Bay Area: Alameda County
Thursday, May 19
5:30-8:30 p.m.
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
(510) 817-5831
www.OneBayArea.org/workshops

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