Thriving Neighborhoods Initiative

Many of us live in the Bay Area because of its great neighborhoods. We love the combination of lively streets, active parks, great food, and diversity of residents. Yet, we need more choices—new stores, better transportation options, bike lanes, libraries, and local restaurants—to enjoy living in the places we love. And we need to make sure that improvements don’t ignore existing residents.

Greenbelt Alliance concentrates on key geographic areas to ensure that plans, policies, and developments come together in the right way to create thriving neighborhoods. We encourage cities and counties to adopt blueprints that serve as a foundation for thriving communities. We then bring these visionary plans to life by encouraging construction of homes, parks, bike lanes, and other features to help neighborhoods flourish. We also advocate for increased funding to support critical infrastructure such as utilities, water pipes, transportation, and urban parks. Most importantly, we build coalitions of active, enthusiastic community members who rally around changes that make a positive difference in our neighborhoods. We help those same folks speak up to stop changes that take our communities backward.

We’ll achieve it by:

  • Creating visionary, complete plans for Bay Area cities and neighborhoods, through our efforts to influence strategic, selected land-use plans in key areas informed by a wide-range of stakeholders engaged in planning processes;
  • Ensuring visionary plans become reality as we encourage adoption of specific policies and act as a watchdog to ensure plans are fully upheld;
  • Supporting developments that help the region make progress toward a future consistent with Greenbelt Alliance’s vision.

We’ll know we’ve achieved it when:

  • More Bay Area neighborhoods are “complete neighborhoods” with a mix of homes, jobs, shops, parks, schools, and other services that meet the needs of new and existing residents;
  • Neighborhood development respects and enhances the area’s cultural and historic traditions;
  • Neighborhood development is designed to improve the health of new and existing residents;
  • More land-use and related decision-making processes authentically engage a diverse range of residents—especially those who are typically under-engaged

Thriving Neighborhoods Initiative News


Thursday, March 27th, 2014     

Our 2013 Annual Report

Greenbelt Alliance is the Bay Area’s leading organization at taking a regional vision for how the Bay Area should grow and applying it locally. In 2013, we made great progress toward achieving that vision with some big wins. Read about them in our annual report. Continue reading

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014     

Sonoma County leading the way in climate action

All nine cities in Sonoma County are participating in Climate Action 2020, a collaborative effort wherein each city is developing a Community Climate Action Plan to reduce its carbon footprint. Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014     

Vacaville’s disastrous plan

What will Vacaville look like in 20 years? The City is currently updating its General Plan, which is the blueprint for how the city will grow over the next two decades. Unfortunately, Vacaville’s proposed plan envisions the worst kind of sprawl development. Continue reading

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