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. 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 plan will identify a path to make the Bay Area more equitable for all residents and more resilient in the face of unexpected challenges. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are expected to adopt Plan Bay Area 2050 in fall 2021.

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.

This long-range planning process is comprised of several phases:

Horizon (Spring 2018 to Fall 2019): A predecessor initiative to Plan Bay Area 2050, Horizon explored a suite of strategies to ensure a more resilient and equitable future in the face of uncertainty.

Draft Blueprint (Fall 2019 to Summer 2020): Integrating the recommendations from Horizon, the Draft Blueprint served as a “first draft” of Plan Bay Area 2050. Comprised of 25 strategies, it was designed to advance the plan vision of a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy, and vibrant Bay Area for all.

Final Blueprint (Summer 2020 to End of 2020): Building on the Draft Blueprint, the Final Blueprint refined and expanded strategies to make further progress on the five key challenges identified in the Draft Blueprint analysis, while integrating robust public feedback received during the summer of 2020.

Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 (Spring 2021 to Fall 2021): Released May 26, 2021, the draft plan sets the introductory context, outlines all 35 approved plan strategies, highlights the outcomes of the plan, and introduces the Implementation Plan.

Environmental Impact Report (Fall 2020 to Fall 2021): The Environmental Impact Report is analyzing the potential environmental effects of the Final Blueprint, as well as a range of alternatives, in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

Implementation Plan (Fall 2020 to Fall 2021): The Implementation Plan is defining specific near-term actions for ABAG, MTC and partners to advance each of the strategies adopted in the Final Blueprint, focusing on the next five years.

Final Plan Bay Area 2050: Slated for release in fall 2021, the final Plan Bay Area 2050 will be adopted in a joint meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the ABAG Executive Board.

While the COVID-19 pandemic still limits our ability to meet in person, you can make your voice heard in a variety of ways. Attend a virtual workshop and/or a virtual public hearing where you can learn more, ask questions and offer comments on the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 and the Draft Environmental Impact Report; submit comments via the online form; or via email, mail, telephone or fax.

Review the workshop and public hearing schedule, and learn how to submit comments.