Land Use

As the Bay Area’s metropolitan planning agency, MTC works with cities and counties to develop land use plans that map to the Bay Area’s current and future needs.

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MTC works with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and local cities and counties to plan for transportation, infrastructure, open space, and housing and job growth that will shape the future of the Bay Area.

Regional Growth Framework

The Bay Area is expected to be home to an additional 1.4 million households by the year 2050. It is important that the different types of transportation, housing and other land use planning work together — as part of a regional growth framework — to create an equitable, prosperous future for all Bay Area communities and make the best use of available resources.

Priority Conservation Areas

Locations designated for the protection of natural habitats and the preservation of open space for future generations.

Priority Development Areas

Places near public transit that are planned for new homes, jobs and community amenities.

Priority Production Areas

Industrial areas prioritized for the preservation and expansion of businesses that are essential to the region’s economy.

Priority Sites

Places that are planned for a large number of homes that are affordable to households with a wide range of incomes. The plans also include essential services, green space, and local and regional destinations.

Transit-Oriented Communities Policy

Prioritizing housing development that is near to transportation, putting public transit in reach for more people and improving the quality of life in the Bay Area.

Affordable Housing Opportunities on Public Lands

Identifying potential locations for new affordable housing near transit services.

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Smart Parking

Helping local governments better manage parking supply and demand.

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Plan Bay Area 2050+

Learn about the latest updates to the long-range regional plan.

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