Final Blueprint

Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint

The Blueprint is the first step in developing Plan Bay Area 2050. Watch the video to learn more about the Blueprint.


Birds on a body of water in the North Bay
Karl Nielsen
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Building on the foundation of the Horizon Initiative, the Plan Bay Area 2050 Blueprint (“the Blueprint”) integrates bold and equitable strategies across four elements — transportation, housing, the economy and the environment — to create a more resilient and equitable future for the Bay Area. The Blueprint is being developed in two phases — the Draft and the Final.

The Final Blueprint

The strategies in the Draft Blueprint were revised based on robust engagement with the public and stakeholders. In September 2020, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board approved the Final Blueprint, which includes a set of 35 revised and expanded strategies, as well as the Growth Geographies and the Regional Growth Forecast.

Over the fall, staff are analyzing the revised strategies included in the Final Blueprint to determine how much more progress can be made towards the Plan Bay Area 2050 Vision. The Final Blueprint phase will end with the release of the findings from this latest round of analysis, and staff will seek adoption from the Commission and ABAG Executive Board of the Final Blueprint as the Preferred Alternative for environmental analysis purposes before the end of 2020. Meanwhile, the focus will shift to the development of the near-term Implementation Plan.

The 35 Final Blueprint strategies, defined as policies or bundles of investments, are clustered around 11 themes and integrate the four key elements of Plan Bay Area 2050:

Transportation Element

  1. Maintain and Operate the Existing System
  2. Create Healthy and Safe Streets
  3. Build a Next-Generation Transit Network

Housing Element

  1. Protect and Preserve Affordable Housing
  2. Spur Housing Production at All Income Levels
  3. Create Inclusive Communities

Economy Element

  1. Improve Economic Mobility
  2. Shift the Location of Jobs

Environment Element

  1. Reduce Risks from Hazards
  2. Expand Access to Parks and Open Space
  3. Reduce Climate Emissions

For complete details on the 35 strategies included in the Final Blueprint, including the cost, objective and description of each strategy, read Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint: Strategy Descriptions.

The Final Blueprint Growth Geographies are key locations for future focused housing and job growth. The Final Blueprint weaves together the 35 strategies, alongside an expanded set of growth geographies, to advance critical climate and equity goals.

The growth geographies included in the Final Blueprint represent a middle ground between a singular focus on Priority Development Areas (PDAs) in past plans and a more inclusive set of growth geographies. In addition to PDAs, the growth geographies also include Priority Production Areas, Transit-Rich Areas and High-Resource Areas (as designated by the State of California).

The Regional Growth Forecast is an important input to Plan Bay Area 2050. It identifies how much the Bay Area might grow between Plan Bay Area 2050’s baseline year (2015) and its horizon year (2050), including population, jobs, households and associated housing units. During the Blueprint planning phase, the Regional Growth Forecast is being used to identify the total amount of growth for the region.

The draft Regional Growth Forecast was released in spring 2020 and subsequently revised to integrate the significant adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic and 2020 recession on the first decade of the planning period. In September 2020, the Commission and ABAG Executive Board approved this forecast as the approved Regional Growth Forecast for Plan Bay Area 2050.

To review the technical information related to the Regional Growth Forecast, read Plan Bay Area 2050: Regional Growth Forecast and the Regional Growth Forecast Methodology.