Bay Area Citizens sues Plan Bay Area

By Neal J. Riley : sfgate – excerpt

Critics of a regional plan to encourage development and growth in areas with easy access to mass transit filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Plan Bay Area was approved last month by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments after a contentious three-year process involving dozens of public hearings. Its goal is to satisfy state legislation that requires plans to accommodate the more than 2 million people who are expected to move into the Bay Area between now and 2040, while at the same time lowering overall greenhouse gas emissions.

The petitioner, a group called Bay Area Citizens that says the plan will hurt their property values, is being represented in court by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento conservative organization…

The lawsuit alleges that Plan Bay Area violates the California Environmental Quality Act by omitting alternatives to its plan to steer 77 percent of future growth near “priority development areas,” including places like Mission Bay in San Francisco, Oakland’s Jack London Square and downtown San Rafael, Walnut Creek and Fairfield…  (more)

We shall see how powerful a group is formed when the far right and the far left agree to fight on the same side of a libertarian issue. There is much distrust of Plan Bay Area by both sides of the political spectrum. ABAG and MTC have managed to do what Congress and the Administration have failed to do. They have united the tea party and occupy around a common goal.

 

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