Oakland Approves New Funding Source for Affordable Homes

Oakland view

Last night, the Oakland City Council officially adopted a housing impact fee—the single largest local source of funding for affordable homes in the city’s history. The new funding will generate an estimated $60 million over the next 10 years for the construction and preservation of affordable homes.

Sebastopol Citizens Pushing to Renew Urban Growth Boundary

Sebastopol cows

A group of motivated activists in Sebastopol is making strong headway on collecting signatures for a ballot measure to renew the city’s voter-approved urban growth boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2016. Greenbelt Alliance and other open space enthusiasts are supporting the UGB renewal and assisting the citizens group.

Cotati Renewing Urban Growth Boundary Early


The City of Cotati in Sonoma County plans to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) with a city-sponsored ballot measure in the November 2016 General Election. See the timeline for public review and voter approval of the ballot measure.

Election 2016: Vote YES on Measure AA

Golden Gate Bridge

Measure AA is a $12 annual parcel tax that will invest $500 million over the next 20 years for Bay restoration projects. This tax measure is the first of its kind in California. It pulls together voters from the entire nine-county region in support of restoring wetlands around the iconic San Francisco Bay. Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in the Bay Area to vote YES on Measure AA.

Election 2016: Vote NO on Measure N in Richmond

Marina Bay in Richmond

This June, residents in the City of Richmond will be asked to weigh in on Measure N—a developer-drafted ballot measure that would overturn the City’s plans for compact infill development along the waterfront and instead approve an inefficient, unsustainable development project. Greenbelt Alliance urges the residents of Richmond to vote NO on Measure N.

What Are Urban Growth Boundaries and Why Do We Need Them?


Our goal at Greenbelt Alliance is to conserve the Bay Area’s natural and agricultural landscapes while promoting smart urban development that creates healthier, thriving communities. One of the most important policy tools that city planners can use to achieve this goal is the urban growth boundary. What Are Urban Growth Boundaries? An urban growth boundary (UGB) separates urban areas from the surrounding natural and agricultural lands, or greenbelts. It puts a limit on how… Read More

From City to Country: Margaret Spaulding On Why She Supports Greenbelt Alliance


“Who knew? Turns out I’m a country mouse!” Standing on the hillside above her Glen Ellen home, former Greenbelt Alliance Board member Margaret Spaulding chuckles at the thought. A Berkeley native and former San Francisco resident, she is now happily ensconced in this rural haven with four mutts and a rain capturing system that sustains her beloved eco-friendly garden. One of the dogs shadows her on the trail to the weathered wood… Read More

Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Events for Long-Term Change


On March 9, Greenbelt Alliance hosted a community meeting at the San Jose Rose Garden Library. Attendees included members from the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association, Burbank Community Association, and Antiques Colony, as well as San Jose city staff and other members of the community. The topic of discussion: tactical urbanism events at the West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue Neighborhoods.

Election 2016: Yes On Parks in Santa Clara County

Santa Teresa County Park

On June 7, voters will decide whether or not they want to continue to support conserving open spaces throughout Santa Clara County. Measure A is an initiative that would renew the Park Charter Fund, which provides essential resources for the maintenance and expansion of the county’s public parks.

Looking Ahead: The Farms and Ranches Forever Initiative

Andy of Andy's Orchard

The local food movement has exploded across the nation, and the Bay Area is the epicenter—yet the Bay Area’s farms and ranches are in jeopardy. Since 1984, we’ve lost 217,000 acres of agricultural land—that’s seven times the size of San Francisco! Today, 200,000 acres of farms and ranches are at risk of being converted to development. Greenbelt Alliance has long been a champion for the Bay Area’s agricultural lands. In the coming year, we will step up support for our region’s farms and ranches.

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