Monday, 28 March 2011 16:50
Standing at 7,350,000 today, this region’s population is predicted to rise to 9,430,000 by 2035. This increase will have an enormous impact on the demand for housing and transportation; consequently, some serious planning must happen right now. And for the planning to be successful, local governments and Bay Area residents will have to get involved.
They are being asked to do so by attending upcoming meetings held throughout the region on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments. The two agencies have recently released a proposal for accommodating regional growth entitled the Initial Vision Scenario that they hope will help advance dialogue at the meetings. These meetings will serve as a critical step toward the eventual adoption in 2013 of Plan Bay Area — a serious plan if there ever was one.
In chronological order, here is the schedule for the meetings across each of the nine Bay Area counties:
Santa Clara — Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Microsoft Corporation, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View.
San Francisco — Monday, April 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco.
San Mateo — Wednesday, April 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West 3rd Street in San Mateo.
Napa — Thursday, April 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Avenue in Napa.
Solano — Wednesday, May 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Solano County Events Center (Conference Room A), 601 Texas Street in Fairfield.
Contra Costa — Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle in Concord.
Marin — Wednesday, May 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway in San Rafael.
Sonoma — Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.
Alameda — Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley.
For more information, call (510) 817-5831. To download the Initial Vision Scenario, visit www.onebayarea.org/ivs.htm.