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YouChoose Bay Area Santa Clara Forum

9:40 PM PDT on April 17, 2011

From SVBC:

By 2035 there will be an estimated 1.2 million new jobs and 900,000 new households within the Bay Area. Where will all of these people live? Where will the new housing be built? How will people get around?

If not planned for and managed carefully, a population increase of this size would compound some of our most overarching concerns -- rising air pollution levels, climate change, escalating cost of living, increasing traffic, and less green space for all of us to enjoy.

Our partners at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Greenbelt Alliance are leading a strategic initiative, Envision Bay Area, to strengthen the ability of residents and community leaders to make informed decisions about the building and growth that will shape the future environment, economy, and everyday life in our communities.

At the core of the initiative is YouChoose Bay Area, an interactive, web-based simulation that allows you to outline your priorities, choose different growth options and see future consequences. It translates complicated planning concepts into user-friendly images. Animations allow you to see the links between growth and the things you care deeply about, such as open space preservation, clean air, water consumption, public health, energy use, affordable housing, greenhouse gas emissions and access to mass transit.

At the YouChoose event, information about the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), the new regional planning effort that is going to have a huge impact on our neighborhoods, cities, and transportation planningfor decades to come. The organizers of the event, which include the regional agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Greenbelt Alliance, will be sharing info about the SCS in a fun, easy to understand manner, but more importantly, they will be asking for input from the public.

Go to Silicon Valley Community Foundation's website to learn more about the event and sign up.

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