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Public Works has worked closely with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) for several years on a City-wide uncontrolled crosswalk improvement project. An uncontrolled crosswalk is anywhere a pedestrian can cross where a motorist must yield to their right-of-way. Increasing sight lines by eliminating parking at the crossing and adding high-visibility marked crossings and...

The most common funding source for a PDA is the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Program, which is administered by MTC. Established in 2012, OBAG taps federal funds to maintain MTC's commitments to regional transportation priorities while also advancing the Bay Area's land-use and housing goals. Cities and counties in the Bay Area can use...

Yes! The purpose of a PDA designation it to begin a community-driven planning process. Through this planning process, we will continue to refine the PDA boundaries based upon community input.  Additionally, MTC/ABAG provides access to funding for jurisdictions with PDAs to help facilitate this process.

Yes.  After a PDA has been designated, it can be removed at any time by the local jurisdiction. This process is known as a rescinding a PDA.  A designated PDA can be removed by the City Council adopting a resolution rescinding the PDA.  While removing the PDA is immediate, it may continue to appear as...

No.  A PDA is a tool that provides access to funding for area planning and needed and/or planned infrastructure improvements.  A PDA holds no authority or power over environmental review or exemptions prescribed by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). However, a PDA can provide a funding source to develop and adopt community-driven planning processes....

RHNA is the State-mandated housing allocation that is provided to each local jurisdiction, which is required to be addressed in the Housing Elements of all local General Plans. The housing allocations from RHNA is applied to the city as whole. There is no “allocation” that is applied to or assigned to PDAs.  Therefore, there is...

First, a Priority Development Area or “PDA” is a place that has convenient public transit service that is prioritized by local governments (cities/counties) for housing, jobs and services. PDAs range from Downtowns to Main Streets to aging shopping malls. Second, a PDA is a funding and planning tool.  If a local jurisdiction voluntarily nominates an...

The Call for Letters of Interest to nominate a PDA was released on March 11, 2020, which was the same week the Shelter-in-Place Order was enacted.   The process to nominate a PDA has a specific time limit and deadline for filing.  A Letter of Interest to nominate an area for PDA designation must be...

While a PDA is an area earmarked and prioritized for housing, jobs and services, the designation, in itself, has no impact on maintaining or preserving the small-town character of a community.  If preserving the small town character is a key community goal, the community-driven planning process required by a PDA designation would control building scale,...

No, the designation of a PDA for an area does not mean that high rise buildings will be developed in the community.  A PDA designation is a funding and planning tool; it does not zone for or authorize land development. A PDA would help fund a community-driven planning process which would look at the density,...

No. A PDA designation does not zone for or approve the development of high-density housing or any other type of use for development.  While the purpose of a PDA is to prioritize jobs and housing in designated areas, State law prohibits Plan Bay Area and PDAs from overriding local control of planning and zoning.   Additionally, Plan...

No. A PDA is a planning tool and does not zone, authorize or approve new development or other physical changes. Rather, a PDA provides access to funding to construct needed and/or planned infrastructure improvements aimed at addressing traffic  issues. Additionally, PDAs also provide access to funding to help facilitate a community-driven planning process that would better plan...

We want your feedback! As part of the on-going work for San Rafael’s General Plan 2040, City staff has received requests for deeper planning efforts in the Canal neighborhood and around the Northgate Mall area. Planning efforts such as these require grant funding. MTC/ABAG has started developing Plan Bay Area 2050 and has asked jurisdictions for letters of interest for new Priority...

It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Disappointed that you won’t be able to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony in-person this year? Don’t worry—event organizers have moved the ceremony online so you can participate safely from your home. Hop onto the Marin County United Veteran’s Council Facebook page to watch the ceremony live at 8:30 AM on Monday, May 25. If you miss the live viewing, it will be replayed later...

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