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A THREAT TO PLANNING
The opponents of Plan Bay Area, both Bay Area pro-growth and Bay Area anti-growth are undercutting the role of regional planning as a tool to manage long-term growth according to this article from SPUR.
THE UNEVEN HOUSING RECOVERY
‘The biggest challenge to addressing the Bay Area’s housing costs is political. There is a great policy paradox in regional planning — namely, the places with the greatest demand are anti-growth and the places that are pro-growth don’t have enough market demand to support new construction. Add to this the fact that some of the tools to create affordable housing, such as inclusionary housing (in which municipal and county planning ordinances require a given share of new construction to be affordable by people with low to moderate incomes), are under attack, and you have the conditions for a perfect storm. We need to change some of these dynamics if we are ever going to address the extraordinary cost of housing in our increasingly unaffordable region.’
“Let’s also think about the areas we want to conserve.” Laura Thompson, Bay Trail project manager at the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), remembered how this idea developed into a key strategy in creating the region’s new Plan Bay Area. As a result, in addition to Priority Development Areas, the plan contains more than a hundred Priority Conservation Areas submitted by counties and approved for inclusion by her agency. The goal is to retain and enhance the value the region receives from its rural areas, including agriculture and parks. Counties may also apply to have additional areas receive the designation. By Leslie Stewart.
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