Two regional planning agencies will hold a public meeting Monday, Jan. 23 in Richmond to seek comments on a blueprint-in-the-making for expanding transportation and housing in a sustainable way over the next 25 years.
The Contra Costa County meeting, to be held at 5:45 p.m. in Richmond's Civic Center (403 Civic Center Plaza), will cover planning considerations for all parts of the county, including the San Ramon Valley.
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Richmond meeting is similar to those being held throughout the nine-county Bay Area that the two agencies represent.
"The meeting itself wouldn't have a dramatic impact on Danville, but the whole Plan Bay Area exercise/effort does," said Tai Williams, Danville's transportation services and economic development director.
A continuation of the "Plan Bay Area" plan establish last year, the One Bay Area meetings aim to gather public opinion on long-range plans for sustainable land use, transportation and housing across 101 towns. Planners have prepared several scenarios for what the Bay Area could look like in 2040 and are seeking the public's help in selecting desired features among the alternative choices and in prioritizing transportation investments.
At the meetings, participants will rotate among a series of stations where they will have a chance to view informational videos, vote on potential transportation investments, select preferred strategies for reducing driving and greenhouse gas emissions and use an "Urban Vision" tool that shows visually how various future development scenarios might appear in their respective counties.
Other county meetings will be held throughout the month in Alameda, San Francisco, Sonoma, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Napa and Solano counties. Although all nine workshops are full, materials will be posted online at onebayarea.org and residents may email their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.