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Priority Production Areas

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Karl Nielsen

Priority Production Areas (PPAs) support key industrial clusters on industrial land, enabling the industry to thrive and grow while providing middle wage jobs close to more-affordable housing. Networks of production, advanced manufacturing, distribution firms, repair firms and their supply chains are critical to the regional economy. They expand the available number of middle wage jobs, many of which do not require a four-year degree, thereby improving pathways to economic opportunity.

Launching for the first time in Plan Bay Area 2050, the program is in a pilot phase. A local city council or board of supervisors nominates a PPA, which is then adopted by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board.

PPAs must be:

  • Zoned for industrial use or have predominantly industrial uses
  • At least a half mile distant from a major rail commute hub (BART, Caltrain, Amtrak, SMART)
  • Exclusive of Priority Development Areas (with no overlap)
  • Located in jurisdictions with a certified housing element

Local jurisdictions have defined over 30 PPAs since 2019. These existing and planned business clusters represent key industrial clusters and supply chains well-served by the region’s transportation infrastructure, and have been identified as appropriate for additional economic development investments.

PPAs are a part of the overall growth framework strategies and performance of Plan Bay Area 2050, MTC and ABAG’s long-range land use and transportation plan for our region.

Visit the Plan Bay Area website for more details on PPAs and Plan Bay Area 2050.