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Livable California

Plan Bay Area 2050

Various locations in the SF Bay Area
March 12, 2019 to March 20, 2019

Remember the dog-and-pony-shows the Metropolitan Transportation Commission called "public engagement" back in 2011 when MTC was rolling out Plan Bay Area and the Sustainable Communities Strategies? It's where many of us learned the jargon of PDAs (Planned Development Areas) and TODs (Transit Oriented Development). Supervisor Susan Adams fell from favor when she "enrolled" communities as PDAs without asking them.

It was through the efforts of Citizen Marin, Marin Against Density (MAD), Save Marinwood, and Sustainable TamAlmonte, among others, that people learned what was proposed. Once informed, most people objected. Hearings were held and PDA designations were removed. In one of the most notorious examples, people organized and mobilized to stop the Larkspur Landing Area Plan.

Now MTC is planning for 2050!

MTC just finished an 18-month planning effort called CASA that: 1) excluded 97 of the 101 cities in the Bay Area, 2) laid the foundation for 8-10 pieces of housing legislation for the 2019 session, and 3) envisions a new regional agency with an unelected body that is authorized to tax and distribute funds.

Think you should care about what MTC is up to now with a project they call HORIZON: Transform the Future?

MTC has announced:

In March, MTC and ABAG will host five public workshops where you will be asked to identify the right suite of transportation, land use, economic development and resilience strategies to create a better future for the Bay Area in the year 2050. The workshops will present three different “futures,” then ask which strategies will produce the best outcomes for each. Input from the workshops will assist MTC and ABAG with their long range planning effort.

The events are two hours each and are located in venues around the region. We look forward to a productive dialogue, and hope to see you at one of the workshops!

March 12, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
Bay Area Rapid Transit
101 8th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

March 14, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

March 16, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Petaluma Community Center
320 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954

March 20, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
Cal Maritime
253 Georgia Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

Stay tuned: We will be holding an additional event on the Peninsula the week of March 18. Please see for current schedule.

For more information on the Horizon initiative, go to: Call our Public Information Office with questions: (415)778-6757.

Follow the conversation throughout on social @MTCBATA or

Accessibility and Title VI:

MTC provides services/accommodations upon request to persons with disabilities and individuals who are limited-English proficient who wish to address Commission matters. For accommodations or translations assistance, please call (415) 778-6757. We require at least three working days’ notice to accommodate your request. For TDD or hearing impaired, call 711, California Relay Service, or 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (voice)

Organization: Livable California

Contact: Susan Kirsch

Contact Phone: 415-686-4375

Contact Email:



Plan Bay Area, MTC, Horizon