The Bay Area is an amazing place to call home. Lots of people think so, and when I say lots I really mean lots. The 2010 census counted 7.1 million people as residents of the nine counties that touch San Francisco Bay. Today’s estimates are that there are over 7.6 million people living in our region. Projections have that number growing to 9 million by 2040, and there are many in the… Read More
In the town of Windsor in northern Sonoma County, it is no surprise that recent polling found that 75% of its residents want to renew their urban growth boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2017. Windsor voters passed their first UGB in November 1998 with a 72% majority. Over the past 20 years, Windsor has made huge strides in smart planning and city-centered growth. Town leaders created a town… Read More
Last month, over 80 community members came together at the Sunnyvale Community Center for an inspiring panel discussion on the future of the El Camino Real corridor. The panel was moderated by former Sunnyvale Councilmember Tara Martin-Milius and featured five local speakers: Sunnyvale Councilmember Larry Klein Adina Levin, Co-founder of Friends of Caltrain Kirk Vartan, local business owner Marie Bernard, Executive Director of Sunnyvale Community Services Jaime Fearer, Deputy Director of California… Read More
The draft of Plan Bay Area 2040 has just hit the streets. We’re excited that the new plan calls for guiding growth in ways that help our cities and towns become more sustainable, equitable, and economically prosperous and protects our iconic natural and agricultural lands from sprawl development. Now it’s time to make some refinements to the draft and get to work implementing its best components. A Plan Built on a Strong Foundation Plan… Read More
Greenbelt Alliance’s signature At Risk is the definitive research on the Bay Area’s farms, ranches, and natural areas at risk of being lost forever to sprawl development. In an effort to bring these lands to the public view, we have real life stories told by the dedicated local residents who fight to keep them free from sprawl.