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Your Challenge How would you plan for growth in the Bay Area?
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Change is coming to the
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By 2035, we will need to accommodate over 900,000 new households and 1.2 million new jobs.
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The cars and trucks we drive account for almost 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions today; how will further growth impact our climate?
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Priorities
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Set Priorities What is most important to you as we grow?
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When done, click CHOICES. You can change your priorities later.
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See Outcomes What impacts do your choices have?
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Experiment with the choices on the left to change the outcomes.
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After you do, you'll see the impact of your choices on your priorities in this space.

Click here to return to the priorities screen.
These are the top priorities you chose on the Priorities screen. You can change these at any time.
These are the top priorities based on the priorities collected from all users so far.
When input has been collected from enough people, you will be able to see a list of the most highly ranked priorities here.
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Please email us with feedback,and share this site with others.
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Thank you for envisioning
the Bay Area of the future.


Get Involved!

Visit www.OneBayArea.org to learn about the latest work being done on regional land use and transportation planning as well as the latest public-engagement activities underway.

To provide feedback or receive additional information on this initiative, email Margot Rawlins at mmrawlins@siliconvalleycf.org.
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Thanks for your feedback!  Your questions or comments are very much appreciated and will be thoughtfully considered.  

Please click on one of the tabs above or a link to the right to continue with the tool, and don't forget to register for an upcoming YouChoose forum near you.

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Why Should You Choose?
Your Home

The Bay Area may be a leader in the global economy, but to you it is home.  You raise your kids here.  You build businesses that provide jobs in your community.  You work hard to protect the places you love.

Your Future

Change is coming to the Bay Area.  The choices that are made today will determine whether your children and grandchildren will want to live and work here.  The key question is: will you participate in making those choices yourself, or leave them to others?

Over the next two decades, the region is expected to add nearly a million new households and more than as many new jobs.  Meanwhile, the growing costs of energy and the urgency of climate change require us to get smarter about where we build and how we move people to assure a healthier, more sustainable future for generations to come.

How will these changes affect this place we call home?  That depends on you.

Your Choice

Bay Area residents can now have a direct say in what happens to the place they call home.  Over the next few months, regional planning agencies will be making decisions that will affect how and where we build housing and transportation in the Bay Area into the next two decades.  

YouChooseBayArea.org is your chance to have a seat at the table.



About Us
Envision Bay Area

Envision Bay Area is a strategic initiative led by Silicon Valley Community Foundation to help residents and community leaders make informed decisions about the building and growth that will shape the future environment, economy and everyday life in communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a multi-disciplinary partnership involving Silicon Valley Community Foundation as the managing partner, Greenbelt Alliance, Transform, Northern California Public Broadcasting, Calthorpe Associates, MetroQuest, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Community Information Challenge.


The first phase of this initiative involved the development of this regional planning visualization tool, YouChooseBayArea.org.  A 23-member Advisory Group composed of leading environmental and social-equity advocates, business groups, public health experts, labor representatives, community-based organizations, and academics have been instrumental in guiding the creation and deployment of this online tool to help illustrate the impacts of regional planning decisions.


The second phase of this initiative involved broadening and deepening resident participation in the planning dialogue through a series of the YouChoose and Plan Bay Area forums.  The data and input collected from participants of these county-level convenings will inform the next phase of the Sustainable Communities Strategy.  These forums are designed in collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association for Bay Area Governments to directly inform the regional planning process through public engagement.

Take Action

Put your choices to the test above with YouChooseBayArea.org.  Experiment with housing and transportation options and see how they will impact your community.  Then use what you learn to direct the decisions that get made.

Click on the Get Involved tab of this tool to learn more about planning activities in your area or visit www.OneBayArea.org for more details on the Sustainable Communities Strategy.


Our Partners

Key Partners:  

The mission of Silicon Valley Community Foundation is to strengthen the common good, improve quality of life and address the most challenging problems.  We do this through visionary community leadership,  world-class donor services and effective grantmaking.

For over 50 years, Greenbelt Alliance has been the San Francisco Bay Area's advocate for open spaces and vibrant places, working with local communities and partner groups to help secure long-term protection for open space, establish urban growth boundaries, and endorse home creation within existing urban areas.

TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond by building diverse coalitions, influencing policy, and developing innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.

Grounded in a history of pioneering work in sustainable communities, new urbanism, transit oriented development, and regional planning, Calthorpe Associates is internationally recognized as a leader in urban design, community planning, and regional growth strategies.
    MetroQuest
    MetroQuest seeks to bridge the gap between the general public and decision-makers by pioneering methods for representing complex information and counter-intuitive issues in easy-to-understand ways. Its clients include innovative planning agencies, cities and regional governments around the world.

    Media Partner:

    KQED Public Media provides high quality public media that informs, educates, entertains and engages from a Northern California perspective. KQED delivers television, radio, internet and education network content that makes people think, feel and explore new ideas.
    • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
    • Metropolitan Transportation Commission
    • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    • Fund for the Environment and Urban Life
    • The Mary A. Crocker Trust
    • Small World Institute Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

     

     

    Additional Resources
    Envision Bay AreaYouChoose Bay Area
    Scenario Results Report
    YouChooseBayArea.org was created by Envision Bay Area to inform regional planning efforts and bring more information to more people about the impacts and tradeoffs associated with growth and development decisions.  This report focuses on the scenarios utilized in this tool to depict land use and transportation choices facing the region, and the consequenses of those choices.
    EBA Scenarios Report (full report, PDF 8.26 MB)

    Calthorpe Associates
    Rapid Fire Scenario Modeling Tool
    The Envision Bay Area regional scenarios were produced using the Rapid Fire scenario modeling tool developed by Bay Area planning and design firm Calthorpe Associates. Please see the Rapid Fire Model Technical Summary for more information on the model. You can also see how the model has been utilized in statewide scenario development and modeling at www.visioncalifornia.org


    MediaKQED Climate Watch
    Miles to Go
    As the media partner of Envision Bay Area, KQED has developed a new series through their Climate Watch initiative that explores California's local efforts to plan for sustainable growth.  A special landing page on KQED's website aggregates these stories and articles online. Click on the link below to visit the Miles to Go page.
    Miles to Go, Building a More Sustainable California

    KQED Forum
    Green Cities, February 23, 2011
    The world's leading thinkers on sustainability discuss trends in urban design, new green technology, and behavioral changes.  From creating transit-oriented cities to innovative technologies, attendees of the Global Green Cities conference in San Francisco speak about their latest advances, hosted by Michael Krasney.  Listen to the broadcast below.



    YouChoose Bay Area/Plan Bay Area Forum
    YouChoose Santa Clara County was a public workshop involving over 100 participants who took part in a conversation around personal priorities for land use and transportation planning. MTC and ABAG staff and decision makers were present to lead small discussion groups and solicit input and feedback from residents about the types of growth they'd like to see in their neighborhoods. A few of the participants shared their thoughts about the event here:



    Reports Greenbelt Alliance
    Grow Smart Bay Area (PDF 6.67 MB)

    Public Policy Institute of California
    Driving Change, February 2011
    Can Californians cut down on their driving?  Encouraging job growth near transit stations will help.  So will pursuing policies that raise the cost of driving.  This report examines California's progress in these and other areas, finding both opportunities and challenges ahead.
    Driving Change: Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled in California (full report, PDF 1.60 MB)


    One Bay AreaOne Bay Area
    A partnership between the Bay Area's regional agencies (Association of Bay Area Governments, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and Bay Conservation and Development Commission), local government partners, nonprofit organizations, business and community groups to help develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (as called for in California state legislation SB 375) to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.  View the introduction video here:



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