Grow Smart Bay Area is Greenbelt Alliance’s vision for our region to become more climate-friendly, affordable, and economically competitive, while protecting our farms, forests, and watersheds. By 2035, we call for:
- Fully protecting the Bay Area’s 3.6 million-acre greenbelt;
- Directing all new development into already urbanized areas;
- Accomplishing both in a way that equitably benefits all Bay Area residents.
To achieve our Grow Smart goals, our strategic plan focuses on four initiatives.
The Bay Area’s famous natural landscapes shelter wildlife, foster healthy lifestyles, and attract visitors from all over the world. Poorly planned growth can put our treasured open spaces at risk. At Greenbelt Alliance, we believe development done right can not only make our cities and towns wonderful, it will preserve our famous open spaces for generations to come. Read more.
Many of us live in the Bay Area because of its great neighborhoods. We love the combination of lively streets, active parks, and diversity of residents. As the region grows, we need to make sure that the right development happens in the right places, to create more neighborhoods that people are proud to call home. Just as important, we need to ensure that improvements don’t ignore existing residents. Read more.
Local Farms and Ranches
Fresh, locally grown food not only pleases the palate, it also feeds the local economy. Yet, farmers and ranchers still face pressures to pave over their land. Farms and ranches make up 60 percent of the Bay Area open space currently at risk of development. Greenbelt Alliance is protecting farms and ranches from sprawl and leading efforts to conserve and steward farmland. Read more.
Homes for All
The Bay Area is among the nation’s most desirable places to live and work. And our region’s population is expected to grow significantly in the near future as our economic sectors add much-needed new jobs. Demand for housing will continue to outpace supply, unless we increase the Bay Area’s housing supply and meet housing needs for residents of diverse income levels. Read more.