What is Sprawl Development?

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Sprawl Development is the outward expansion of low-density housing units on the outskirts of cities, far from commercial centers.

Bay Area Voted for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future

In sharp contrast to the national election results, Bay Area election results showed millions of voters marked their ballots “yes” for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

Plan Bay Area Update Calls for 30 Percent More Housing by 2040

The Bay Area is going to need housing to accommodate more than 800,000 additional households in the 30 years to 2040, says the latest update to Plan Bay Area, the controversial regional forecasting document that is used to assign housing targets to cities and counties.

Contra Costa County Adopts Agricultural & Open Space Preservation Policy

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Farms and open space won important protections when the Contra Costa County agency charged with stopping runaway sprawl, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), adopted an Agricultural and Open Space Preservation Policy. This policy will make it much harder for sprawl to swallow up farmland, ranchland, and natural habitats outside of cities and towns. In the last 30 years, the Bay Area has lost 217,000 acres of agricultural land to sprawl development—a… Read More

Sonoma County’s Community Separators Preserved for 20 More Years

Longstanding greenbelt policies protecting open space and farmland between Sonoma County’s towns and cities were renewed for another 20 years.

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: The MacArthur Transit Village—Parcel B

Nearly a decade ago, Greenbelt Alliance endorsed the MacArthur Transit Village in Oakland. We strongly supported the concept for a walkable, equitable, mixed-use community that would boost the local economy and create quality jobs. And now, Greenbelt Alliance is proud to endorse a smart project in the Transit Village by Boston Properties that will redefine what’s possible near transit in the East Bay. The proposal for “Parcel B” envisions a dense, 25-story… Read More

Desperate Bay Area Voters Tax Themselves to Ease Traffic, Build Housing

By Patrick May Along with the slew of propositions on this week’s California ballot to legalize pot, do away with the death penalty and ban plastic bags, there were also measures of desperation: Bay Area voters were asked to perform a sort of electoral CPR on their gridlocked, high-priced and increasingly frenetic metropolis. And in an indication of just how fed up they are, voters declared they were willing to open their… Read More

Open Space, Growth Control a Big Winner in Tuesday’s Election

Longstanding greenbelt policies protecting open space and farmland between Sonoma County’s towns and cities were renewed for another 20 years by a resounding margin Tuesday.

Sonoma County Voters Strongly Favor Open Space and Growth Control

Longstanding greenbelt policies protecting open space and farmland between Sonoma County’s towns and cities were renewed for another 20 years.

Big Win: Sonoma County Renews Community Separators for 20 Years

Greenbelt Alliance led the charge to not only renew voter protections for Sonoma County’s community separators, but also triple the amount of land protected.

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