The Bay Area's population is forecast to grow by a third over the next 25 years. Working together under the banner, One Bay Area, four regional agencies are already at work on plans to concentrate the new housing these new residents will need close to mass transit opportunities, even in the North Bay. And they want your input, too.
Along with the anticipated 2 million new residents, our region is also forecast to grow 1.2 mllion new jobs. The Metropolitian Transportation Commission is concerned with how those people will travel between work and home, explains spokesman John Goodwin, while the state is simultaneously working on curbin greenhouse gas emissions. The blueprint for that will be a new regional planning document now being called "Plan Bay Area."
In their series of local workshops, the MTC includes an exercise that asks participants to rank a series of 14 priorities, some of which, Goodwin notes, are to at least some degree mutually exclusive.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's local planning workshop will be held Wednesday evening, May 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Glaser Center,547 Mendocino Ave. in downtown in Santa Rosa.
For those unable to attend, there is also an interactive opportunity to participate online that allows you to choose and rank your own priorities, and submit them electronically.