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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Help plan for growth in the Bay Area

We may or may not like it, but according to this site, by 2035 there will be an estimated 1.2 million new jobs and 900,000 new households within the Bay Area: http://youchoosebayarea.org/. Where will all these people live? Where will the new housing be built? How will people get around? Here's your chance to get involved in helping to plan for this growth.
From the site:

The community foundation is leading a strategic initiative, Envision Bay Area, to strengthen the ability of residents and community leaders to make informed decisions about the building and growth that will shape the future environment, economy and everyday life in our communities.

At the core of the initiative is YouChoose Bay Area, an interactive, web-based simulation that allows you to outline your priorities, choose different growth options and see future consequences. It translates complicated planning concepts into user-friendly images. Animations allow you to see the links between growth and the things you care deeply about, such as open space preservation, clean air, water consumption, public health, energy use, affordable housing, greenhouse gas emissions and access to mass transit.

In the spring of 2011, Envision Bay Area will team up with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments to hold five forums in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda and Sonoma counties. The forums will be crucial to aligning transportation, land-use and housing policies to meet greenhouse gas emissions as required under state law. YouChoose Bay Area will be used to facilitate conversations about our future growth, the choices available to us and the inevitable tradeoffs. Start sharing your ideas with us directly online at www.youchoosebayarea.org.

Envision Bay Area is a two-year initiative and is partially funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It includes lead nonprofit partner Greenbelt Alliance, consulting partner, TransForm, renowned urban planning firm Calthorpe Associates, Northern California Public Broadcasting and an advisory group representing leading businesses, public health experts, environmental and social-equity advocates, labor, community-based organizations and academics.

Learn more by reading the Envision Bay Area case statement or contact Shanahan Lim atslim@siliconvalleycf.org for more information.
 h/t Rosana Francescato

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