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Plan Bay Area has been adopted!
Place Matters Blog – July 19, 2013

By Jeremy Madsen, Greenbelt Alliance
At just past midnight last night in Oakland, the boards of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Committee (MTC) voted to adopt Plan Bay Area, an unprecedented regional strategy for creating sustainable communities throughout the Bay Area. This plan is a blueprint for directing all growth in the Bay Area to occur within our existing urban footprint. With the region expected to grow by millions of people and jobs in the coming decades, yesterday’s landmark decision is a HUGE win for the future of the Bay Area.
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Oh, What A Night! Plan Bay Area Adopted With Last-Minute Improvements
TransForm Blog – July 19, 2013
By Clarissa
If all you did was read the newspapers this morning, you’d think that a raging mob of Tea Party activists were the only people who showed up for last night’s final hearing on Plan Bay Area. The real news is that dozens of people in support of regional planning came to urge decision-makers to strengthen the draft plan before final approval – and succeeded.
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EEJ Supporters Celebrate Plan Bay Area Victory
Public Advocates Press Release – July 19, 2013
OAKLAND — Members of the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network and other supporters of the Equity, Environment and Jobs (EEJ) scenario came away from last night’s Plan Bay Area adoption by regional decision-makers satisfied their voices were heard. The final plan, adopted at last night’s special joint meeting of the MTC Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board, will result in decisive improvements on many of the issues low-income communities and communities of color have been fighting for over the past three years.
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Smart Growth Plan Moves Forward for Bay Area
NRDC Switchboard Blog – July 19, 2013
By Justin Horner
Always a source of environmental innovation, the San Francisco Bay Area is set to lead the way yet again.  The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are poised to adopt the Bay Area’s Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), called Plan Bay Area, tonight.  Under SB 375, California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act each major region must create a regional land use and transportation plan, called a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from transportation to help meet the goals of AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act.
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Plan Bay Area Adopted! But Our Region Still Needs a Bigger Investment in Active Transportation
Safe Routes to School in California Blog – July 19, 2013
By Marty Martinez
Nearly three years in the making, Plan Bay Area was approved by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in an after-midnight vote early this morning. Plan Bay Area will have massive impacts on active transportation, public transit, housing,  and other factors affecting the growth, health, and climate of the region for years to come.
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Regional Resources

Plan Bay Area materials
Click here to access the Plan Bay Area Draft and other materials associated with the Sustainable Communities Strategy and Regional Transportation Plan.

Health co-benefits and transportation-related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the San Francisco Bay Area
By Neil Maizlish et al, published in the American Journal of Public Health
This research quantified health benefits of transportation strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The research showed that increasing median daily walking and bicycling from 4 to 22 minutes reduced the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes by 14%, increased the traffic injury burden by 39%, and decreased GHGE by 14%.
Learn more and download the report here.

6 Wins for Social Equity
This fact sheet outlines the objectives of the 6 Wins Network in the Bay Area, a group that came together to ensure the Bay Area’s next transportation and housing plan, One Bay Area, serves residents of ALL races and income levels equally.
Download the brochure

Strategic Investments for a Better Bay Area: A Policy Platform for the Bay Area’s 2013 RTP/SCS
TransForm, a leading advocacy organization in the Bay Area, has developed a policy platform for the Bay Area’s 2013 Regional Transportation Plan.  “Strategic Investments for a Better Bay Area” was developed in consultation with a number of other organizations, and includes a set of policy recommendations to influence the transportation investments  in the RTP.  For more information, and to sign on to endorse the platform, go to TransForm’s website.  You can also download a summary of the platform here.

Vision California: Bay Area Regional Results
By Calthorpe Associates, October 2010
This analysis assesses the economic, energy, health, and land impacts of different ways to accommodate the Bay Area’s expected growth. Scenarios were developed to reflect a range of land use choices, from a business-as-usual future based on past trends to more compact options, including those represented by the regional FOCUS plan.
Download the Regional Results Summary

Bay Area Affordable Housing Survey Report
By the Non-Profit Housing Association, January 2010
This poll assessed how the current economic crisis is affecting our Bay Area neighbors. Its findings demonstrate popular support in the Bay Area for building more affordable homes.
Download the poll report

Grow Smart Bay Area
By Greenbelt Alliance
This program provides a vision for how the Bay Area can grow sustainably.
Visit the website

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Quick Fact

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a recent study found that when people both live and work within a half a mile of a transit station, they are ten times more likely to take transit. Approximately 42 percent who live and work near transit take the bus or train, whereas just 4 percent of others ride transit to work.

Regional Overview

• The Bay Area region includes 101 cities, nine counties, and more than 7 million residents, and is expected to grow to 9 million residents by 2035.
• A successful Sustainable Communities Strategy in the Bay Area will provide a range of important benefits including reduced traffic congestion and air pollution and a better balance between location of jobs and homes.
• A number of agencies are involved in transportation and land use planning in the Bay Area, and have joined together, along with nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders, as OneBayArea to work on the Sustainable Communities StrategyUltimately, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, in conjunction with the Association of Bay Area Governments, is responsible for developing the SCS.

When will the first Sustainable Communities Strategy be adopted? Other key dates in the process?
• The Bay Area’s first SCS (“Plan Bay Area”) will be adopted as part of the 2013 Regional Transportation Plan.  A few key elements were approved by MTC and ABAG in May 2012. Download the timeline for plan development here.
• The OneBayArea agencies have released a Transportation Investment Strategy, a Preferred Land Use Scenario, and an Alternative Scenarios Report which can be found here.

What are the SB 375 GHG reduction targets?
• 2020: 7% per capita reduction from 2005 level
• 2035:15% per capita reduction from 2005 level

To get involved and learn more, see the websites of partner groups listed below. Contact ClimatePlan for help getting connected.


What They’re Saying

“We see [SB 375] as providing real community benefits. We have a problem in our community with air quality, so this is a significant benefit for us. It will also give us more energy security and independence, and most importantly it will give us a more livable community.” — Mayor Janet Abelson – El Cerrito

Partners in the Region

American Lung Association in California
Breathe California
ChangeLab Solutions
Greenbelt Alliance
Non-Profit Housing Association
Public Advocates
Public Health Institute
Regional Asthma Management & Prevention Initiative
Urban Land Institute – San Francisco
Urban Habitat

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