The Bay Area will be home to an additional 1.7 million people over the next 25 years and they will witness rising sea levels, a reduced snow pack, additional forest fires and more record heat days, according to a report released Friday by the Association of Bay Area Governments.
The 162-page report, titled "Projections and Priorities 2009: Building Momentum," was released during a conference in Oakland Friday morning.
The Bay Area Governments Association's biennial report releases forecasts about the nine-county region's growth, employment, income and households in five-year increments between 2000 and 2035.
The population of the Bay Area will be 9 million and 2.3 million of them will be 60 years or older, according to the report.
There will be 1.6 million more jobs and 635,000 more homes, ABAG predicts.
Santa Clara will be the largest populated county with 2.4 million people followed by Alameda with 1.9 million and Contra Costa with 1.3 million residents, ABAG forecasts.
The report states 41 percent of the Bay Area's CO2 emissions come from transportation and that rejecting sprawl in favor of compact development will reduce both vehicle miles traveled and CO2 emissions 20-40 percent.
Priority development areas with heavy or light rail, bus service or ferry terminals will see significant increases in housing and jobs, the ABAG report states.
The percentage of the region's population living near transit will increase from 21 to 30 percent and the number of jobs in transit areas will rise from 35 to 43 percent.
The report has been in the making since February 2008.