Gilroy Enacts First Voter-Protected Urban Growth Boundary

Greenbelt Alliance’s goals for smart growth and open space protection won a resounding victory when the citizens of Gilroy enacted their first voter-protected Urban Growth Boundary. The people voted Yes on Measure H by nearly two-thirds despite the lack of any support on the City Council; a lesson given by the voters in support of conservation. This campaign modeled partnership between local environmental volunteer leadership and the professional support that Greenbelt Alliance… Read More

Novato next in Line to Renew Urban Growth Boundary

The city of Novato, California is next in line to renew its Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2017. With two SMART stations underway and Mt. Burdell rising on the edge of town, renewing the city’s UGB is critical. Greenbelt Alliance is now initiating discussions of a possible ballot measure with local partners and the Novato City Council to ensure this happens. The voters of Novato passed Measure G… Read More

Jeremy Madsen on Smart Land-Use Policies to Benefit Water Resources

On December 5th, I sat on a panel for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s San Mateo County Water Leaders Briefing. At the briefing, I spoke about San Mateo County’s water supply and how to sustain it over time. Water and conservation experts who joined me on the panel included City of East Palo Alto Council Member, Carlos Romero, and Charles Ice from the San Mateo County Environmental Health Groundwater Protection and Sustainability Program. I lead… Read More

Contra Costa County Adopts Agriculture and Open Space Policy

The county’s local regulatory commission recently adopted county-wide policies to preserve farms and open land and put limits on urban sprawl, but specifics and details continue to be worked out.

What is Sprawl Development?

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

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

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