By Kathleen Cha
In the writer has cited inaccurately the role and scope of authority related to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area’s Council of Governments and regional planning agency. ABAG does not have the authority to rezone areas for higher density and low income housing. These are decisions held/made exclusively by the city/town/county.
What ABAG is involved in is a regionwide collaboration of regional agencies and the Bay Area’s 101 cities and towns and nine counties to plan for future housing needs. This Plan Bay Area partnership is about finding opportunities to better connect homes and jobs and strategizing about how to increase housing production and affordability, and transportation alternatives.
ABAG Senior Communications Officer