The green heart of Sonoma Valley is shielded from sprawl and subdivisions by the Glen Ellen-Agua Caliente Community Separator, which preserves the green spaces between Sonoma County’s cities and towns. Even so, significant stretches of natural and agricultural lands remain at risk of development in the Valley of Moon, as writer and adventurer Jack London called it.
On July 21, dozens of environmental allies, farmers, dairymen, elected officials and others spent an evening with Greenbelt Alliance and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau at a jointly-sponsored midsummer mixer in Santa Rosa. Farmers and conservationists face common obstacles in Sonoma County: the loss of agricultural lands and the threat of sprawl development.
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San Jose’s Urban Village planning process is underway! If you want to get involved, we’ve got you covered with this urban village infographic on who the players are and how to reach them. Need more information? Check out these posts on what is an urban village and how to get started in community advocacy. Download this Greenbelt Alliance Urban Village Players Infographic
Urban villages are walkable, bicycle-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhoods that can provide both housing and jobs, environmental benefits, and quality of life improvements for a city’s residents and the surrounding region.
Randal O’Toole—a Cato Institute fellow and avowed opponent of smart growth—recently wrote a diatribe against Plan Bay Area in Forbes. O’Toole wants to impose his growth vision on our region, which calls for opening the floodgates for sprawl development on natural and agricultural lands. Here’s our response.
Community advocacy isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s pretty rewarding and it’s easy when you have help. If your city or town is kicking off a planning process, these five things will help you prepare.
Mary Fenelon is one of Walnut Creek’s most fearless and outspoken affordable housing advocates. For years, she has rallied her community to ensure that everyone in Walnut Creek, and the Bay Area, can live in a thriving neighborhood they’re proud to call home. Through her efforts with the Coalition for a Vibrant and Inclusive Walnut Creek (which Greenbelt Alliance helped form), the East Bay Housing Organizations, and the Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Mary has been essential to providing people in the community with a platform to openly discuss housing policies and fight for their housing rights.
Rich with an abundance of Brentwood sweet corn, fine wines, and U-Pick cherries, Contra Costa County farms and ranches are some of California’s most fruitful, contributing nearly $100 million per year to the Bay Area economy. Yet the county has the most open space at risk of development in the entire region: over 18,000 acres or the equivalent of 18 Golden Gate Parks.
The Bay Area is known for its diverse and enticing green spaces from the Marin Headlands to Coyote Valley. But you might be surprised to find that San Francisco offers some of our region’s most beloved green spaces. Everyone knows Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park—here’s a list of some of our under-the-radar San Francisco favorites.