2020 Priority Area Call for Letters of Interest

Spring 2020 Priority Area Call for Letters of Interest

Submission Window Open Through May 31, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

ABAG and MTC have opened a second call for Letters of Interest for new and modified Priority Development Areas (PDAs) in advance of the Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint. 

Analysis of the Draft Blueprint’s growth geographies and strategies is currently underway. However, local jurisdictions have a second and final opportunity to submit additional PDAs or expand PDA boundaries in advance of the Final Blueprint phase. Eligible PDAs areas submitted by May 31, 2020 will be integrated into the Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint later this year.

Jurisdictions can nominate a new PDA or modify an existing PDA by following the steps below:

  1. Check if the area you are interested in nominating meets PDA transit and location criteria. View an interactive map of eligible areas.
  2. If the area is eligible, download and complete a Letter of Interest Form.
  3. Submit a completed Letter of Interest Form, accompanied by a GIS shapefile of the PDA boundaries, to pdas@bayareametro.gov by May 31, 2020. 

For new PDAs, jurisdictions must also submit an adopted or agendized City Council or Board of Supervisors resolution nominating the PDA by May 31, 2020, with all agendized resolutions adopted no later than June 30, 2020.

Contact pdas@bayareametro.gov with any questions.

Background
In February 2020, ABAG and MTC approved the Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint for analysis, comprised of Growth Geographies and Strategies. Growth Geographies are places that will be studied for housing and job growth, with specific densities and land uses varying by regional and local context. The Strategies that will be assessed are public policies and investments that can be implemented over the next 30 years. 

The Draft Blueprint Growth Geographies integrate all locally-nominated Priority Development and Priority Production Areas as well as select areas beyond PDAs and PPAs. Areas approved for study include Transit-Rich Areas (TRAs) and High-Resource Areas (HRAs) with at least basic bus service, specifically those located in jurisdictions that have nominated less than 50% of its PDA-eligible area. This approach strikes a balance between critical local and regional objectives; staff will analyze this approach and share a forecasted growth pattern this summer.

All interested jurisdictions are invited to submit new or modified PDAs by May 31, 2020.  For jurisdictions that have nominated PDAs in less than 50 percent of PDA-eligible areas and have areas outside of PDAs included in the Draft Blueprint, this is an opportunity to exceed the 50 percent threshold, while providing a critical local lens in identifying additional areas of your city that are best suited for growth in the Final Blueprint.