Notes from the Field: The First National YIMBY Conference

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YIMBY groups are popping up all over the map, from Alaska to Rhode Island, as part of a national surge in interest in creating more walkable neighborhoods with plentiful housing opportunities that are well served by transit.

Sonoma County Says Yes to Community Separators

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On Aug. 2, after hundreds of letters and dozens of people showing up wearing “Yes to Community Separators” stickers, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to renew longstanding voter protections for community separators for another 20 years with a countywide ballot measure in the upcoming election.

Bay Area’s Smart Growth Grants Get Smarter

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On July 27, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted its rules for the second round of its One Bay Area grant program (OBAG). Their updated program, known affectionately as “OBAG2,” includes some groundbreaking new approaches for encouraging the right development in the right places and tackling the Bay Area’s housing affordability and displacement challenges.

Stephanie Reyes Shines at the Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum

Photo: Jessica Weare

Interim CEO, Stephanie Reyes, brings nuance to the conversation around the water crisis at the Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum. She spoke to the importance of smart development in urban areas, and why protecting open spaces can be a cheaper alternative for water conservation than creating new infrastructure for sprawl.

Sebastopol Renews Urban Growth Boundary

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On June 7 (Election Night), the Sebastopol City Council unanimously adopted the citizens initiative to renew the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB) for 25 years, maintain existing boundaries, and add strengthened policies. Greenbelt Alliance jump-started the renewal process to prevent the UGB’s voter protections from expiring and partnered with the City Council, city staff, and advocates to write and pass the renewal measure.

Winning at the 2016 Primaries

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Yesterday at polling places throughout the region, Bay Area residents continued 2014’s trend of voting for open space conservation and smart growth. Greenbelt Alliance endorsed positions on several ballot measures, and we won on all of them! These essential measures will make the Bay Area a better place to live, so thank you to everyone who voted.

A Day on the Farm in Sonoma County

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On May 21, Greenbelt Alliance and Sonoma County Farm Trails co-hosted the Sonoma Farm Tour. We plucked eggs still warm from laying with Adam Taggart at Tara Firma Farms, walked freshly planted veggie rows with Jesse Pizzitola at First Light Farm, and were inspired and impressed as always by Elizabeth Kaiser at the lush Singing Frogs Farm. Rain, wind, and sunshine added drama to the day’s visit with locally-grown food and farmers at their best.

Comments Sought on Plan Bay Area Update

The Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting public workshops in all nine Bay Area counties to gather input for their just-released scenarios on how to update Plan Bay Area.

Your Voice Is Needed for the Plan Bay Area Update

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This summer, the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting public workshops in all nine Bay Area counties to gather input for their just-released scenarios on how to update Plan Bay Area. Greenbelt Alliance will be at every workshop and we urge you to join us and make your voice heard.

An Interview With Greenbelt Alliance

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Edward, a 7th grader at Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, chose Greenbelt Alliance as the nonprofit organization to support for a school project. As part of this project, he interviewed Program Director Matt Vander Sluis. Here are some highlights from their conversation.

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