In the last 30 years, the Bay Area has lost 217,000 acres of agricultural land to sprawl development—a total area equivalent to seven San Franciscos. Contra Costa County agriculture contributes $225 million to the local economy. Yet the county has had nearly 20% of its agricultural land paved over since 1990, and much of what’s left is still threatened by imminent development pressure.
We need to act now to protect the Bay Area’s local food culture.
Contra Costa County is considering a new $3 billion transportation sales tax measure for November 2016. Residents have long called for investments to reduce traffic, prevent sprawl, and create thriving communities near transit. Now is the time to make sure new investments from a tax measure would raise the bar.
Successful local farms and ranches provide fresh food and economic, social, and environmental benefits for the entire Bay Area. Yet, development continues to chip away at our agricultural lands. Since 1984, we’ve lost 217,000 acres of farm and ranch land to sprawl—that’s seven times the size of San Francisco! You can use your online voice, your vote, and your buying power to support local farms and ranches.
Even with the housing crisis spiraling out of the control, the Walnut Creek City Council has delayed moving forward with a critical neighborhood plan that could create much-needed affordable homes around the Walnut Creek BART Station. This is an opportunity to grow citywide resources to support the diverse communities of Walnut Creek. We need your help to ensure that our teachers, downtown workers, and young families can continue to live in this vibrant and beautiful city.
Throughout our nearly 60-year history, Greenbelt Alliance has touched the lives of thousands of Bay Area people. If you have a great story about your experience with us, we can’t wait to hear it. Share the love below. Excerpts from stories by our supporters: Julie Dilley fought a sprawl proposal near her hometown in Asti with Greenbelt Alliance. “When you’re out here, if you don’t have a neighborhood association that’s been around… Read More