What is Plan Bay Area 2050?

Plan Bay Area 2050

Plan Bay Area 2050 will identify a roadmap for the Bay Area's future.

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Sun and fog stream across the green fertile hiles surrounding Mt. Tamalpais.
Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020

What is Plan Bay Area 2050?

Plan Bay Area 2050 is a long-range plan charting the course for the future of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Plan Bay Area 2050 focuses on four key issues — the economy, the environment, housing and transportation — and will identify a path to make the Bay Area more equitable for all residents and more resilient in the face of unexpected challenges. Building on the work of the Horizon initiative, this new regional plan outlines strategies for growth and investment through the year 2050, while simultaneously striving to meet and exceed federal and state requirements. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are expected to adopt Plan Bay Area 2050 in fall 2021.

What will Plan Bay Area 2050 do? What won’t it do?

Plan Bay Area 2050 outlines a roadmap for the Bay Area’s future. While it pinpoints policies and investments necessary to advance the goal of a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant Bay Area, Plan Bay Area 2050 neither funds specific infrastructure projects nor changes local policies. Cities and counties retain all local land use authority. Plan Bay Area 2050 does identify a potential path forward for future investments — including infrastructure to improve our transportation system and to protect communities from rising sea levels — as well as the types of public policies necessary to realize a future growth pattern for housing and jobs.

Ultimately, Plan Bay Area 2050 reflects a shared vision — one that cannot be implemented by any single organization or government agency. Only through partnership with local, state and federal governments — as well as with businesses and non-profit organizations — will the plan’s vision come to fruition. Prior to Plan Bay Area 2050’s adoption in 2021, MTC and ABAG, along with partner organizations, will create an Implementation Plan that will advance projects and programs outlined in Plan Bay Area 2050.