To ensure that the Bay Area grows in ways that enhance the quality of our communities and protects what makes our region special, we need more people saying “yes” to the right development in the right places. That’s where Greenbelt Alliance’s Endorsement Program comes in.
Greenbelt Alliance is a leader in championing smart infill development around the Bay Area. Since the 1980s, we have provided independent validation of individual developments and neighborhood-scale projects and plans.
Why We Endorse Good Development
Over the next generation, our population will grow by roughly 2 million people, from 7 million today to 9 million. Will we choose to protect our greenbelt of natural landscapes, farms, and ranches as we grow, or sprawl ever outward? Will we choose to invest in the vitality of our cities and towns, making neighborhoods throughout our region places where people are proud to call home, or will we neglect our existing communities in order to fuel destructive sprawl? To grow in a positive way, need to champion the types of developments that will sustain and benefit our region for generations.
To date, we have endorsed over 175 top-notch housing plans and projects totaling over 70,000 new Bay Area homes. Since 2000, our endorsements have helped improve 140 neighborhoods around the region.
Infill development—new homes, shops, and workplaces within existing cities and towns—can deliver economic, environmental, and quality-of-life benefits to the Bay Area. Done right, it can transform abandoned and neglected sites into safe, inviting places. It can create thriving neighborhoods that provide the housing choices that are essential to meeting the needs of all of the Bay Area’s people. It can foster more walkable, bicycle-friendly neighborhoods that lead to active lifestyles and healthy communities. And it can help ease development pressure on our treasured open spaces—which are among the best things about living in the Bay Area. See examples of our endorsed developments throughout the Bay Area.
If your proposed development will make the Bay Area a better, more affordable place to live, we want to hear from you. First, check out our development endorsement criteria. Then request an application using the button below.