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.

Karl Nielsen

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 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. 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 key 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.
  • 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.