ABAG Update  
BAPDA Spring Forum on April 28, 2017
Rediscovering Main Street: Strategies for a Thriving Downtown

Planning directors and staff are invited to attend the Bay Area Planning Directors Association Spring meeting on April 28th at Nile Hall, Preservation Park located at 668 - 13th Street in Oakland. Expert speakers will discuss the desire to rediscover the classic Main Street as the heart and soul of the city. Planners from four Bay Area cities with thriving, but very different Main Streets, will share their insights about successful downtown planning. The second session will include the perspectives of a developer, an economist, and other professionals to examine strategies that make for a successful and viable downtown, as well as future trends.



Some of the trends that will be explored are the Bay Area's numerous repurposed downtowns that capture a sense of community and place. Downtowns are a draw for employment and housing, a destination for leisure and entertainment, and a place for preserving the historic past. 

Registration for this forum is $45 and continental  breakfast and lunch are included.

To view the agenda and register, visit http://bapda.net/events/2017spring/index.html.
Save the Date
ABAG Spring General Assembly and Business Meeting 
June 5, 2017

Conference registration available in April
ABAG/MTC  Contract for Services

A report on the ABAG/MTC Contract for Services was presented at the Executive Board meeting on March 16th, along with an update on the Memorandum of Understanding. The memo is located at   Joint ABAG MTC Memo Approval Contract for Services and Memorandum of Understanding and on the ABAG website at www.abag.ca.gov.
Tools for Implementing Resilience Practices Workshops


 
The Innovative Local and Regional Approaches to Resilience Financing workshop will be held on May 15, 2017 from 11 am-2 pm at  375 Beale Street in San Francisco on the 1st Floor, Yerba Buena room. 
Register here. This is one of a series of workshops that began in January. Materials from past workshops are available on the Resilience Program website.
 
For more info, contact Dana Brechwald. This is one of a series of workshops sponsored by FEMA Region IX. 

Soft Story Retrofit Model Ordinance Now Available

ABAG, in partnership with David Bonowitz, SE, has created the
Resilience Policy Guidance Document: Soft Story Model Ordinance and Handbook  to help jurisdictions develop local soft story retrofit programs.
 
The ordinance stemmed from ABAG's 2016 Resilience Policy Guidance Document: Soft Story Retrofit Program Development
report. Throughout 2016, ABAG and David worked with cities in the East Bay Corridors Initiative to identify policy priorities, culminating in a day-long workshop in October. The result was a responsive, adaptable model ordinance that incorporates local and statewide best practices for soft story retrofit policy. The ordinance provides guidance and language for cities to adapt the policy to meet local needs. If your city has been considering developing a soft story retrofit policy, you may wish to utilize our model ordinance to help you develop a localized policy quicker and with less effort. For more information on the soft story retrofit effort at ABAG, contact Dana Brechwald , 415-820-7945.
San Francisco Bay Trail and 
San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Highlights

The recent San Francisco Bay Trail and San Francisco Water Trail brochure highlights the 2016 program accomplishments. 

For more information, view the recent brochure San Francisco Bay Trail and San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail 2016 Highlights 
or visit the Bay Trail and Water Trail websites at  http://baytrail.org/ 









Bay Area Metro Center Shuttle Service

An ADA-accessible minibus, operated by S.F. Minibus, is available to the public on ABAG Executive Board meeting days. The shuttle stop is located at the white curb zone in front of 77 Beale Street (Plaza entrance to PG&E Headquarters). 

The shuttle operates on a continuous loop between the Bay Area Metro Center and 77 Beale Street between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on meeting days, and serves ABAG's evening meetings until 11 p.m.

If the shuttle is not there when needed, simply call the dispatch line at 415-777-5555. The driver will be dispatched to the pick-up spot at either end of the route.
For more information, visit  www.sfminibus.com.

Regional Planning Committee
4/5 @ 1 p.m., S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 1st Floor, Yerba Buena Room

ABAG PLAN Risk Management Committee
4/5 @ 10:30 a.m., S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 7th Floor, Tamalpais Room

ABAG Administrative Committee and Joint MTC Planning Committee
4/14 @ 9:30 a.m. S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 1st Floor, Yerba Buena Room

ABAG PLAN Actuary Committee
4/19 @ 10:30 a.m. S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 7th Floor, Mount Diablo Room

ABAG POWER Executive Committee
4/19 @ 11 a.m., S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 7th Floor, Tamalpais Room

ABAG Finance and Personnel Committee Special Meeting
4/20 @ 5 p.m., S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 1st Floor, Board Room

ABAG Executive Board Special Meeting
4/20 @ 7 p.m., S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 1st Floor, Board Room

Bay Area Regional Collaborative Governing Board
4/21 @ 10 a.m., S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 1st Floor, Board Room

ABAG PLAN Claims Committee
4/27 @ 1:30 p.m. S.F. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, 7th Floor, San Andreas Room

Bay Area Planning Directors Spring Meeting
4/28 @ 8:30 - 1:30 p.m., Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 - 13th Street, Oakland

Updated Spring General Assembly Date: Monday, June 5, 2017