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Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 6, 2012

Public meetings under way on how Bay Area should look in 2040

Alameda County session scheduled for Wednesday in Dublin

by Jeb Bing

Two regional planning agencies will hold a public meeting Wednesday in Dublin to seek comments on a blueprint-in-the-making for expanding transportation and housing in a sustainable way over the next 25 years.

The Dublin meeting, to be held at 5:45 p.m. in the city's Civic Center on Dublin Boulevard, will cover planning considerations for all of Alameda County.

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Dublin meeting is similar to those being held throughout the nine-county Bay Area that the two agencies represent.

They are a continuation of the dialogue on "Plan Bay Area" held last year. Planners have prepared several scenarios for what the Bay Area could look like in 2040 and are seeking the public's help in selecting desired features among the alternative choices and in prioritizing transportation investments.

At the meetings, participants will rotate among a series of stations where they will have a chance to view informational videos, vote on potential transportation investments, select preferred strategies for reducing driving and greenhouse gas emissions, and use an "Urban Vision" tool that shows visually how various future development scenarios might appear in their respective counties.

Other county meetings will be held throughout the month in Contra Costa, San Francisco, Sonoma, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Napa and Solano counties.

For more information, sign onto www.onebayarea.org/spotlight_12-11.htm.

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