OAKLAND (KCBS) – Regional planners have big ideas for the way the Bay Area should look in the next quarter century.

”Plan Bay Area” is a joint planning effort by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission to produce a more integrated land-use/transportation plan for the region.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

John Goodwin with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission said the population may skyrocket in the next 25 years, which could also mean millions of new jobs for the Bay Area.

With the influx of jobs and residents, Goodwin said many may not be willing to make the long commutes and want to move where the jobs are.

“Are they willing to consider a smaller house in exchange for a shorter commute? We are obliged under state law to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks,” said Goodwin. “One of the ways we’ve identified to meet that requirement is to rethink the regional development patterns and go to a more compact arrangement and break away from reliance on what’s known as greenfield development out on the edges of the urban area.”

The public will be able to comment on “Plan Bay Area” at meetings over the next several weeks throughout the Bay Area.

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