Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 Released; Public Invited to Comment Online or at Virtual Workshops

Plan charts 30-year course for San Francisco Bay Area
Leslie Lara-Enríquez, 415-778-5258
John Goodwin, 415-778-5262

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) today released the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050. After three years of public discussion and technical work, Plan Bay Area 2050 is a long-range plan charting the course for the future of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 is being released today for a public comment period that will run through 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

From envisioning a next-generation network of frequent-service transit to strategies for tackling the regional housing crisis to a pioneering suite of protections against sea level rise, Plan Bay Area 2050 takes a comprehensive look at the region’s challenges and identifies actions to be advanced by all levels of government in the coming years. Available for review at planbayarea.org/draftplan2050, the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 focuses on four key issues: the economy, the environment, housing and transportation; outlines 35 bold strategies for growth and investment through 2050; and identifies a path to make the Bay Area more equitable for all residents and more resilient in the face of unexpected challenges.

Given the myriad challenges the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose, MTC and ABAG will hold virtual workshops and virtual public hearings through July 7, 2021. Both organizations want to hear from all Bay Area residents in order to incorporate diverse voices from across the region. Input received by MTC and ABAG will be used to further refine the draft plan. The Final Plan Bay Area 2050 is slated for approval in fall 2021.

MTC and ABAG have scheduled a plan release webinar, online workshops and virtual public hearings for comment on the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 and associated supplemental reports, as well as on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Plan Bay Area 2050 (slated for release the week of May 31, 2021). Residents are encouraged to attend a virtual workshop or public hearing, where they can ask questions and offer comments on these documents. Full details of workshops are listed below:

Participants without internet access can call into the events by dialing (408) 638-0968 or (888) 788-0099 (Toll Free). After calling in, participants will be prompted to enter the Webinar ID and Passcode (listed individually for all events below).

  1. Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 Release Webinar
    Thursday, June 3, 2021, 9:30 am
    Webinar link: https://bayareametro.zoom.us/j/81093979590 
    Webinar ID: 810 9397 9590
    A passcode is not required to join this webinar.
  2. Plan Bay Area 2050: East Bay Workshop
    Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
    Monday, June 14, 5:00 p.m.
    East Bay Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 862 3482 0389
    Passcode: 179826
  3. Plan Bay Area 2050: South Bay Workshop
    Santa Clara County
    Thursday, June 17, 12:00 p.m.
    South Bay Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 847 2011 1308
    Passcode: 047953
  4. Plan Bay Area 2050: West Bay Workshop
    San Francisco and San Mateo Counties
    Monday, June 28, 5:00 p.m.
    West Bay Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 864 3393 2299
    Passcode: 628755
  5. Plan Bay Area 2050: North Bay Workshop
    Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties
    Wednesday, June 30, 12:00 p.m.
    North Bay Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 865 5893 1464
    Passcode: 012057

Three public hearings also are opportunities for interested residents to comment on the draft plan and its Draft Environmental Impact Report. The full list of public hearings is as follows:

  1. Plan Bay Area 2050: Public Hearing #1
    Joint MTC Planning Committee with the ABAG Administrative Committee
    Friday, June 11, 9:40 a.m.
    Hearing 1 Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 874 2787 4017
    A passcode is not required to join this hearing.
  2. Plan Bay Area 2050: Public Hearing 2
    Tuesday, June 22, 5:30 p.m.
    Hearing 2 Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 812 0345 4209
    Passcode: 177176
  3. Plan Bay Area 2050: Public Hearing 3
    Wednesday, July 7, 1:30 p.m.
    Hearing 3 Zoom Link
    Webinar ID: 854 5833 8822
    Passcode: 908706

Members of the public also are encouraged to view and comment on the draft plan online at planbayarea.org/draftplan2050. Comments will be reviewed by officials from both ABAG and MTC as they consider the adoption of the final Plan Bay Area 2050, slated for fall 2021. Written comments will be accepted via mail to MTC Public Information, Attn: Draft Plan/Draft EIR Comment, 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA, 94105; or via email (Draft Plan Bay Area 2050: info@planbayarea.org; Draft EIR: eircomments@bayareametro.gov). Comments by phone can made at (415) 778-2292.

The comment period for all documents will close on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Questions? Visit planbayarea.org, email info@planbayarea.org or call (415) 778-6757.

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