This summer, the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting public workshops in all nine Bay Area counties to gather input for their just-released scenarios on how to update Plan Bay Area.
We’re pleased to see that two of the scenarios call for smart growth, focusing 100% of the next generation of growth inside our urban growth boundaries (UGBs) and city limits. But brace yourself: One scenario would develop 565 square miles of natural and agricultural lands outside those UGBs—paving over an area 11 times the size of San Francisco.
With so many well-documented environmental, economic, and social equity benefits of focusing growth within existing cities and towns, it’s clear what choice our region needs to make: MTC and ABAG should adopt a preferred scenario that focuses all growth within our existing communities to make them more affordable, help them thrive, and protect our open spaces from sprawl.
Unfortunately, all three scenarios fall short on several critical issues, particularly affordability and mobility.
Greenbelt Alliance will be at every workshop and we urge you to join us and make your voice heard. Check the schedule of workshops for the one in your county. If you can’t attend, submit your comments online at planbayarea.org.
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