2019 Priority Area Call for Letters of Interest and Confirmation

2019 Priority Area Call for Letters of Interest

Submission Window Open Through Sept. 16, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019

ABAG and MTC have opened a call for Letters of Interest for new or modified Priority Development Areas and Priority Conservation Areas, as well as a new pilot for Priority Production Areas. To learn more, and to submit Letters of Interest, review the New PDAs, PCAs and PPAs sections below or select one of these links:

Letter of Interest: Priority Development Area

Letter of Interest: Priority Conservation Area

Letter of Interest: Priority Production Area

2019 PDAs and PDA-eligible Areas Map

The call follows adoption by ABAG and MTC of revised criteria for priority areas. Learn what's changed for 2019. While most current PDAs meet the revised criteria, others require additional planning, transit service or supportive policies. Cities and counties with existing PDAs are encouraged to review the status of their PDAs and submit the appropriate letter of confirmation if necessary.

Letter of Confirmation: PDA Planning

Letter of Confirmation: PDA VMT-Reduction Policies  

Background

Together, PDAs, PCAs and the new PPAs will comprise Plan Bay Area 2050's Regional Growth Framework, the Bay Area’s strategy for coordinating housing and job growth. This Framework will shape the investments and growth pattern to be detailed in Plan Bay Area 2050

MTC to date has invested more than $800 Million in PDAs. MTC and ABAG in May 2019 established a pilot program for PPAs, and adopted revised definitions and eligibility criteria for PDAs and PCAs. As part of the update, MTC and ABAG directed staff to open an application window for new priority areas, and to work with city and county governments as well as county transportation agencies (CTAs) to ensure all PDAs meet program criteria.

New or Modified PDAs, PCAs and PPAs: Letters of Interest

Cities and counties may submit Letters of Interest to establish new PDAs, PCAs and PPAs. Park districts may submit LOIs to establish PCAs only.

Following discussion with ABAG and MTC staff, local governments and park districts will submit resolutions adopted by city councils or boards of supervisors for new priority area designations by January 2020. Cities, counties and park districts also may submit LOIs to change the boundaries of existing PDAs and PCAs by the September deadline.

Download Letter of Interest forms (PDF format) for: Priority Development Areas  Priority Conservation Areas  Priority Production Areas

2019 PDAs and PDA-eligible Areas Map

Existing PDAs: Letters of Confirmation

While most PDAs meet the updated planning and transit criteria, additional information is required for those that do not. For PDAs that do not meet planning criteria, jurisdictions will submit a planning Letter of Confirmation, or LOC, by the September deadline that identifies a timeline to adopt a plan with zoning and EIR.

Cities and counties with PDAs that meet "Connected Community" transit criteria are required to submit a LOC identifying supportive vehicle miles traveled (VMT)-reduction policies by January 15, 2020. For PDAs that do not meet transit criteria, County transportation agencies will identify transit service improvements that would enable the PDA to meet these criteria by September 16, 2019. These improvements will be incorporated into the fiscally-constrained Plan Bay Area 2050.

Refer to the 2019 Action Update Guide to determine which letters of confirmation are due for each priority area.

Download Letter of Confirmation forms (PDF format): Priority Development Areas-Planning   VMT Reduction Policies  

Which Forms are Required by Priority Area?

Priority Area

New or Modified
LOIs

Existing PDAs not meeting criteria
LOCs

 

 

PDAs

 

 

 

Transit   ✔

 

Connected Community PDA
(30-min bus)

VMT-Reduction ✔
(or High Resource Area)

Transit-Rich PDA
(Rail, Ferry, 15-min bus)

 

Planning ✔

 

 

PCAs

 

PPAs

 

 

Key Dates

Sept. 16, 2019: All letters of interest, as well as PDA planning and PDA transit letters of confirmation, are due. Please copy the MTC/ABAG Coordinator for your county shown in the table below.

Jan. 15, 2020: City Council or County Board of Supervisors resolutions for new PDAs, PCAs and PPAs, as well as PDA VMT-reduction letters of confirmation, are due.

COUNTY

COORDINATOR

Alameda
Contra Costa

Christy Leffall
cleffall@bayareametro.gov

Marin
Napa

Bobby Lu
blu@bayareametro.gov

San Francisco

Krute Singa
ksinga@bayareametro.gov

San Mateo

James Choe
jchoe@bayareametro.gov

Santa Clara

Pilar Lorenzana
plorenzana@bayareametro.gov

Solano
Sonoma

Ada Chan
achan@bayareametro.gov

Cities and counties may submit Letters of Interest to establish new PDAs, PCAs and PPAs. Park districts and other qualified special districts may submit LOIs to establish PCAs only. LOIs for all priority areas are due September 16, 2019.

Following discussion with ABAG and MTC staff, local governments and park districts will submit resolutions adopted by city councils or boards of supervisors for new priority area designations by January 2020. Cities, counties and park districts also may submit LOIs to change the boundaries of existing PDAs and PCAs by the September deadline.

Links to Letter of Interest forms (PDF format) may be found below:

Most PDAs meet updated planning and transit criteria. Cities and counties with PDAs that do not meet the new planning criteria will submit a planning Letter of Confirmation by Sept. 16, 2019, that identifies a timeline to adopt a plan with zoning and EIR.

Cities and counties with PDAs that meet "Connected Community" transit criteria are required to submit by Jan. 15, 2020, a LOC identifying supportive policies for reducing vehicle-miles traveled. For PDAs that do not meet transit criteria, CTAs will identify transit service improvements that would enable the PDA to meet these criteria by the Sept. 2019 deadline.

Refer to the 2019 Action Update Guide to determine which letters of confirmation are due for each priority area.

 

Cities, counties and CTAs are required to submit Letters of Confirmation to bring PDAs that do not meet the revised planning, transit, and supportive policy criteria adopted in May 2019 into alignment with these criteria.

For PDAs that don't meet planning criteria, cities and counties will submit a letter of confirmation by September 16, 2019 that identifies a timeline to adopt a plan with zoning and EIR. Jurisdictions with basic transit service also are required to submit a letter of confirmation by January 15, 2020 identifying supportive Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)-reduction policies. For PDAs that do not meet transit criteria, CTAs will identify transit service improvements that would enable the PDA to meet these criteria by September 16, 2020. These improvements will be incorporated into the fiscally-constrained Plan Bay Area 2050.

Links to Letter of Confirmation forms (PDF format) may be found below: