Association of Bay Area Governments


Association of Bay Area Governments

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is a regional planning agency incorporating various local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. It deals with land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development. Non-profit organizations as well as governmental organizations can be members. All nine counties and 99 of the 101 cities within the Bay Area are voluntary members of ABAG.

As an advisory organization, ABAG has limited statutory authority. It is governed by the its General Assembly, which consists of an elected official (delegate) from each city and county which is a member of the organization. The General Assembly determines policy, adopts the annual budget and work program, and reviews policy actions taken or proposed by the organization's Executive Board. A majority of city and county votes are required for action.

ABAG was formed in 1961. In 1970, it issued its Regional Plan, 1970-1990, the Bay Area's first comprehensive regional plan. The document outlined a regional open space plan, regional information systems and technology support, criminal justice and training, water policy and waste collection, and earthquake hazards and planning.

The organization has a number of projects, including the San Francisco Bay Trail.

External links

* [http://www.abag.ca.gov/ ABAG website]
* [http://quake.abag.ca.gov/ ABAG Earthquake-related information.] (See also earthquake)
* [http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/fixit/quiz/index.html Home structure seismic evaluation.] (See also seismic retrofit.)
* [http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/pickcity.html For seismic shake maps generated for this area.] (See Hayward Fault Zone for examples of use in an article.)


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