The Bay Area is a great place to live, work, and play. Those of us who live and work here enjoy a robust economy, diverse and vital communities,and superb natural assets and we want to preserve these resources for future generations. Building on the PDAs and PCAs that are the region's shared framework for growth, this report highlights actions to promote regional economic vitality and shared prosperity, increase housing choices and affordability, build healthy and resilient communities, and protect and enhance the Bay Area's natural assets.

ABAG has produced People, Places, and Prosperity to inform discussions about Plan Bay Area 2040. This report shows some of the complex ways economic, housing, and environmental issues and trends in the Bay Area are intertwined and how they impact the day-today lives of the region's residents and workers. Understanding these connections provides a foundation for conversations about what actions and strategies to prioritize as we seek to sustain economic vitality, increase housing choices, promote complete communities in PDAs, foster a more resilient region, and encourage preservation of natural assets.

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San Francisco

Collaboration among local governments, regional agencies, business groups, community organizations, and other stakeholders is essential to achieve the region's vision for growth. ABAG and MTC will engage local governments, stakeholders, and the public in discussions about possible land use and transportation scenarios for Plan Bay Area 2040 beginning in the fall of 2015. These dialogs will lead to adoption of a preferred land use and transportation scenario in summer 2016 and adoption of the final plan and environmental impact report in 2017.

For more information about Plan Bay Area 2040, visit:

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Santa Clara County

Photo Credits


San Francisco Bay Area, International Space Station, 9/15/13: NASA


San Francisco Bay Map: USGS
Sunnyvale: ABAG Staff

Executive Summary

San Francisco Bay Area Map: ABAG
Stinson Beach, Marin County: ABAG Staff
San Jose: Shutterstock


Golden Gate Bridge: Thinkstock
Downtown Oakland: iStock
Santa Rosa: City of Santa Rosa
Contra Costa County: ABAG Staff
ABAG General Assembly, Breakout Session: ABAG Staff

Section 1

Temporary Transbay Terminal: ABAG Staff
Port of Oakland: Shutterstock
Mountain View: Brad Perks
Straus Family Farm:
Career Pathways Participant: Tacoma Community House, Creative Commons
Caltrain Baby Bullet Train: ABAG Staff
Job Training Participant: Creative Commons

Section 2

Milpitas: MidPen Housing
Vallejo: Domus Development
Pt Reyes, Marin County: EAH Housing
Oakland: SAHA Homes
San Carlos: ABAG Staff
Fragile Housing Map: ABAG Resilience Program
Union City: MidPen Housing

Section 3

Livermore: Brad Perks
Oakland Chinatown: ABAG Staff
Home Damaged in Napa Earthquake: ABAG Staff
East Bay Corridors Initiative: ABAG
San Rafael, Italian Street Painting Festival: ABAG Staff
Green Street After Perspective: San Francisco Estuary Partnership
Sources of Bay Area Water: ABAG Resilience Program
San Francisco Bay Water Trail Site, Santa Clara County: ABAG Staff

Section 4

San Mateo County: ABAG Staff
San Francisco Bay Trail, Berkeley: ABAG Staff
San Francisco Pier 24 Bay Trail Dedication: ABAG Staff
Straus Family Farm:
Bay Area Ridge Trail Equestrians: Emily Bauska
San Francisco 24th/York Pocket Park: ABAG Staff
San Francisco Bay Trail, San Mateo County: ABAG Staff
San Francisco Bay Trail Map: ABAG


Children Holding Hands: ABAG Staff
Embarcadero, San Francisco: Brad Perks
Santa Clara County: ABAG Staff

Stoller Design Group Report Layout
J.T. Litho Printing
Gore Creative Website Report Design

End Notes

  1. Local governments have requested designation of an additional three PDAs; the ABAG Executive Board will consider adoption of these new PDAs at its meeting in September 2015.
  2. Local governments have requested designation of an additional 100 PCAs; the ABAG Executive Board will consider adoption of these new PCAs at its meeting in September 2015.
  3. Cynthia Kroll, Association of Bay Area Governments, et al.; State of the Region, March 2015, p. 6.
  4. We would like to thank the following organizations that helped shape Section 1: Promote Regional Economic Vitality and Shared Prosperity: Bay Area Council, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Building Industry Association, California Economic Summit, East Bay Economic Development Alliance, North Bay Leadership Council, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, SPUR, University of California.
  5. Egon Terplan, SPUR, et al., Economic Prosperity Strategy, October 2014, p. 8.
  6. "About Us," reviewed July 9, 2015,
  7. California Energy Commission, State of California, Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan, August 2015, page 8.
  8. California Energy Commission, State of California, Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan, August 2015, page 8.
  9. Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Plan Bay Area Draft Environmental Impact Report, July 2014, page 2.3-2.
  10. "Barriers to Farming and Ranching," reviewed July 9, 2015,
  11. The Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2016, SB-317, Session 2015-2016, Section 1.

About ABAG

Founded in 1961, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is the regional planning agency for the nine counties and 101 cities and towns of the San Francisco Bay Area. ABAG was created by local governments to meet their planning and research needs related to regional economic, social, and environmental challenges. ABAG builds coalitions and partnerships to identify and promote strategies related to land use planning, environmental and water resource protection, disaster resilience, energy efficiency and hazardous waste mitigation, and to provide risk management, financial services, and staff training to local counties, cities, and towns. ABAG is committed to leading the region through advocacy, collaboration, and excellence in planning, research, and member services to support and enhance the quality of life for the more than seven million people that call the Bay Area home. ABAG is governed by local elected officials from member communities.

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