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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014     

PRESS RELEASE: Bay Area less sprawling than much of country, according to national analysis

New report ranks major metropolitan areas, shows region’s development patterns linked to greater prosperity, health, and quality of life Continue reading

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014     

Our 2013 Annual Report

Greenbelt Alliance is the Bay Area’s leading organization at taking a regional vision for how the Bay Area should grow and applying it locally. In 2013, we made great progress toward achieving that vision with some big wins. Read about them in our annual report. Continue reading

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014     

Next stop: Diridon Station

All eyes are on Diridon Station in San Jose right now. The region is watching closely to see how the City handles growth and development at this significant public transportation hub, just across the street from SAP Center and in the heart of downtown. Continue reading

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014     

Sonoma County leading the way in climate action

All nine cities in Sonoma County are participating in Climate Action 2020, a collaborative effort wherein each city is developing a Community Climate Action Plan to reduce its carbon footprint. Continue reading

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Photo: Rebecca Hathaway
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014     

Vacaville’s disastrous plan

What will Vacaville look like in 20 years? The City is currently updating its General Plan, which is the blueprint for how the city will grow over the next two decades. Unfortunately, Vacaville’s proposed plan envisions the worst kind of sprawl development. Continue reading

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Photo: Robert Couse-Baker
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014     

Grow SMART Rohnert Park

Rohnert Park is currently in the process of planning for the neighborhood around its Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Station. The City has an opportunity to create a thriving neighborhood that is an attractive and pleasant place to live, work, and play. Continue reading

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Photo: Larry McCombs
Monday, March 17th, 2014     

Cloverdale seeks to sprawl

The ongoing debate over Cloverdale’s growth continues. Cloverdale wants to extend its city limits to include Asti as well as other unincorporated areas, parts of which are outside the 2010 voter-approved urban growth boundary. Continue reading

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014     

The plan for downtown Concord

Concord is poised to achieve great changes for its communities. The Downtown Specific Plan, which the City is currently developing, presents an opportunity to create a unique downtown that has new homes, more jobs, thriving businesses, and safer streets. Continue reading

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014     

Meet the Coalition for a Vibrant and Inclusive Walnut Creek

It was a Wednesday night. The Greenbelt Alliance Walnut Creek office was abuzz with chatter. Why the excitement? It was the latest gathering of the Coalition for a Vibrant and Inclusive Walnut Creek (or C-VIEW). Continue reading

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Friday, February 28th, 2014     

Our comments on San Jose’s Diridon Station Plan

On February 13, the 60-day comment period for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) for Diridon Station came to a close. Our goals for the area include a strong mix of uses, including homes affordable to a range of incomes, and a variety of parks and open spaces. Continue reading

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