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

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.

Implementing Smart Growth: A Toolkit for San Jose

Downtown San Jose

Greenbelt Alliance created the San Jose Urban Village Toolkit to cut through technical jargon and help neighbors get organized so they can engage with each other, the city, and developers on neighborhood plans. The toolkit also guides residents through the planning process and helps them identify and build on what makes their neighborhood great.

Big Win for Open Space: Priority Conservation Areas

Priority Conservation Area

2015 was a big year for open space protection in the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) voted to expand the region’s Priority Conservation Area (PCA) Program significantly. Priority Conservation Areas are exactly what they sound like: natural areas, recreation lands, farms, ranches, and urban open spaces that should be protected from development. Local governments nominate open spaces as PCAs, and ABAG vets and approves the nominations. Now that the PCA Program has been expanded, there are 165 PCAs across the Bay Area, covering over 2 million acres.

Completing the Circle of Greenbelts in Sonoma County


On Wednesday, March 2, Sonoma County’s first public workshop on renewing and strengthening community separators was abuzz with conservationists, business owners, elected officials, city planners, teachers, water experts, old-timers, and new residents. Three more public workshops are planned before a first draft proposal is presented to the Sonoma County Planning Commission on May 5.

East Contra Costa Farms Need Your Help to Survive

Spring isn’t even here yet and farmers markets throughout Contra Costa County are already bursting with delicious fresh food. As we enjoy that bounty, we shouldn’t take it for granted. Local food depends on local farms, and local farms need your help. Important decisions are coming up that will affect thousands of acres of Contra Costa’s farms and ranchland.

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