Long-term Bay Area planning – public workshop for Sonoma on Aug. 5
Public comment and input is being sought on behalf of Plan Bay Area 2050 (the Plan) – an outline for how all Bay Area counties, including Sonoma, can cooperate to improve housing, traffic, transportation and a spectrum of quality of life issues over the coming three decades.
Public workshops – virtual for now – are being held this summer in all nine counties that border San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Sonoma County’s virtual workshop is set for Aug. 5 from 5:30– 7 p.m. See below for information on how to join in as well as take an opinion survey.
The Plan is a work in progress by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, now operating as practically one organization, developing long-term regional policies and visions for county and local governments and public agencies.
In the next few years, decisions will be made by county and local governments and agencies that will set the course of projects and developments for many years to come.
Highway 37 is one example. The critical east-west North Bay roadway will be submerged by rising sea level over the next 30 years if nothing is done. Solving that problem could cost over a billion dollars and require coordination of many regional jurisdictions. Remediation needs to be planned and initiated soon to avoid disruption.
Poll after poll, survey after survey, show that affordable housing is the top concern of the entire region. With no clear answers at hand, the Plan experts are asking the public to share their ideas and comments on the subject. Current information can be discovered at planbayarea.org, along with much more information on the Bay Area’s regional problems and the thinking that has developed over many years.
The Plan will be finalized this year and adopted sometime in 2021.
Key findings of the Draft Blueprint may be downloaded here.
Register for the Sonoma workshop, to be held via Zoom: Register here.