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Priority Development Areas

Plan Bay Area

Regional agencies, local governments, transportation agencies, and community-based organizations - with input from members of the public - have partnered to develop Plan Bay Area; one of our region's most comprehensive planning efforts to date. Plan Bay Area 2040 is the umbrella for the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), a new process identified in California's regional planning law (Senate Bill 375, Steinberg) to link the development of a land use plan to the transportation investments outlined in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTC).

The SCS builds upon a rich legacy of integrative planning in the Bay Area. For over a decade, the region and its local governments have been working together to encourage growth of jobs and production of housing in areas supported by amenities and infrastructure. In 2008, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) created a regional initiative to support these local efforts, called FOCUS. Through FOCUS, local governments have identified Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

Function of PDAs

PDAs are areas where new development will support the day-to-day needs of residents and workers in a pedestrian-friendly environment served by transit. While PDAs were originally established to address housing needs in urban settings, they were later broadened to address employment centers.

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