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Bay Smart Communities

The Bay Area needs to grow more sustainably, and we need to ensure that regional growth benefits the Bay and supports diverse and equitable communities.

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Bay Smart Communities

The Bay Area needs to grow more sustainably, and we need to ensure that regional growth benefits the Bay and supports diverse and equitable communities.

Sustainable Development For The Bay

To protect the Bay and our region’s most vulnerable residents, we need a broad coalition of interests advocating for smart, sustainable, and equitable development practices; we need Bay Smart Communities. We are promoting ecologically sound and equitable policies to ensure that the Bay Area’s growth benefits the Bay and builds broad and deep support for it among the region’s many diverse communities, with special care to engage those who have suffered environmental injustice.

Sustainable development should take place in Priority Development Areas (PDAs) which leverage existing infrastructure to minimize development impacts on communities. PDAs must be within an existing community, within a half-mile of frequent transit, and in an area planned for future housing and job growth.

Pillars of a Bay Smart Community:

  • Affordable Housing: We support policies to produce and preserve affordable housing and protect tenants from displacement.
  • Sustainable Transportation: We work to improve access to bicycle, pedestrian, and high‐quality public transit options to reduce harmful emissions and water pollution from roadways.
  • Clean Water: We protect water quality in the Bay and its watershed by preventing trash and other pollution from flowing into the Bay, including green stormwater infrastructure and sustainable landscape practices.

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Download these documents for details on how to create Bay Smart Communities.