Focusing our Vision:
Smart Growth and Sustainable
What will the Bay Area be like in the future? How can the
next million people living in the region contribute to a better
Bay Area for all of us? What changes will take place in the
region’s cities, towns, neighborhoods and open spaces?
Our Vision” (FOCUS) is a Bay Area-wide effort to promote
compact and equitable development that protects and enhances
quality of life, and preserves open space and agricultural
resources. FOCUS seeks to strengthen existing city centers,
locate more housing near existing and future rail stations
and quality bus lines, encourage more compact and walkable
suburbs, and protect regional open space. For more information
on FOCUS, visit www.bayareavision.org.
The FOCUS program is being guided by the Joint
Policy Committee (JPC). State legislation established
the JPC to establish a regional planning forum including
MTC, the Association of
Bay Area Governments, the Bay
Area Air Quality Management District and the Bay
Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). The JPC
seeks to meld regional and local objectives into a more refined
planning strategy for the Bay Area based on the Bay Area’s
Smart Growth Vision as adopted by the regional agencies.
For more information on the JPC and the region’s adopted
smart growth policies, visit www.abag.ca.gov/jointpolicy/.
The Bay Area's Smart Growth Vision, as expressed in the Smart
Growth Preamble and Policies (PDF) and the Smart
Growth Strategy / Regional Livability Footprint Project (PDF)
serves as the foundation for the development of regional
smart growth policies.