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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
See the presentation from A SMART Step Forward on May 17
Thank you to everyone who attended the May 17 event A SMART Step Forward co-hosted by Conservation Action Fund for Education, the Accountable Development Coalition and the Great Communities Collaborative. (See embedded PowerPoint.) Continue reading
Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Planning for Change: How to comment on an Environmental Impact Report
What the heck is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) besides a huge and complicated document? And why should we as advocates care? Doesn’t the EIR address the sustainability issues that we advocates are concerned with? Continue reading
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Planning for Change: What makes a development sustainable?
There are countless ways for a development to lighten its load on Planet Earth and nearly as many systems to rate how environmentally friendly a project is (LEED, Build it Green, CalGreen, etc.). How can you sift through all this info and determine if a development will be people- and earth-friendly in your neighborhood? Continue reading

Comment Letters

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Comment letter on the draft Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan
The Broadway Valdez District has incredible potential as a place for new homes, shops, jobs, and active public spaces, and as part of burgeoning downtown Oakland. After working tirelessly with fellow advocates and Oakland city staff for more than five years, the Better Broadway Coalition, of which Greenbelt Alliance is a member, submitted its comment letter for the draft Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan on November 12, 2013. Continue reading
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Scoping Comments for the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area General Plan Environmental Impact Report
The NOP indicates that the intention of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) is to expand the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) into the Alameda-Tesla acquisition land (“Tesla Park”) to extend off highway vehicle (OHV) activities into these currently untouched 3,478 acres of open space. Continue reading
Friday, June 29th, 2012
2030 Update to Mountain View’s General Plan
After many years of hard work, Mountain View is poised to adopt a new General Plan. Greenbelt Alliance is thrilled to have been a part of this process. It has been a pleasure and valuable learning experience to work in a community with so many sharp, dedicated residents, staff members and officials. Already the draft General Plan has gained Mountain View local and national press coverage. We are confident that the document you are about to adopt is cutting edge. It will not only propel Mountain View in an exciting, environmentally sustainable direction, but will also serve as an example to the region and world. Continue reading

Advocacy News

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Downtown Concord plan is a mixed bag
On June 24, the City of Concord adopted the Downtown Specific Plan, which will direct short- and long-term development in downtown Concord. While the plan contains many features that could generate exciting new opportunities, it also has some glaring omissions. Continue reading
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
The Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas
On July 17, the Bay Area made its strongest regional commitment yet to protecting our natural and agricultural lands. The Association of Bay Area Governments unanimously approved the new and improved Priority Conversation Area Program. Continue reading
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Oakland just committed to growing smarter
Last night, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved the Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan, which calls for 1,800 new homes—many of which will be affordable to low- and middle-income residents—along Oakland's busiest transit corridor. Continue reading

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