Research

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    Fixing the Foundation: Local Solutions for Infill Housing

    This report identifies the top 10 barriers to infill housing across 12 Bay Area cities and provides local solutions for overcoming these barriers.

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    Public Benefit Bonus Policy Brief

    This report addresses how public benefits bonus policies allow for specific incentives or bonuses to be granted to a developer in exchange for benefits or amenities for the community.

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    Complete Streets Audit and Community Engagement

    This block-by-block audit of the West San Carlos Street and Bascom Avenue corridors in San Jose is a perfect case study for why complete streets are needed by communities.

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    At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt 2012

    The definitive research on the state of the Bay Area’s open space, finds that more than 322,000 acres—10 times the size of San Francisco—remain at risk of development.

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    Strategies for Fiscally Sustainable Infill Housing

    To achieve the goal of more infill homes, a city must balance costs and revenues. This report with the Center for Community Innovation describes how cities can raise revenue from housing development.

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    Sustaining Our Agricultural Bounty

    This report with Sustainable Agriculture Education and American Farmland Trust finds an agricultural industry struggling in the global marketplace, but thriving through local markets and agritourism.

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    Green Your City’s Blueprint

    This toolkit provides local advocates with clear instructions to change a general plan to be more climate-friendly and outlines the tools needed to succeed.

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    Miles From Home

    While Marin’s economy has shifted to retail and service sector jobs, it has not been matched by the creation of homes priced for moderate-wage workers.

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    North Redwood Boulevard

    North Redwood Boulevard: Room for Residents and Retail makes the case for a strategic mix of housing and retail in Novato’s downtown.

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    Planning for Better Health

    Read how smart land-use planning can foster healthy lifestyles with specific examples from San Jose and Santa Clara County.

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    Grow Smart Bay Area

    By changing how the Bay Area grows, we can make our region more climate-friendly, affordable, and economically competitive—and protect the greenbelt.

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    Golden Lands, Golden Opportunity

    Golden Lands, Golden Opportunity identifies Bay Area lands that provide vital public benefits—but are still unprotected.

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    Smart Infill

    Smart Infill is a practical guide to help elected officials and local residents invest in their communities to create inviting neighborhoods where people can afford to live.

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    Bay Area Smart Growth Scorecard

    The Smart Growth Scorecard is a landmark assessment of the planning policies of all 101 cities and nine counties of the Bay Area.

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    At Risk (2006)

    In 2006, Greenbelt Alliance published the second edition of its landmark study on the state of the region’s landscapes and found that over 400,000 acres of greenbelt lands were still at risk.

  • Through the Roof

    Through the Roof: Solano County’s Housing Crisis finds that in spite of Solano County’s booming housing growth, local families and workers are struggling with an affordable housing crisis.

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    Preventing Sprawl

    This report examines the past, present, and future of land use in Sonoma County with farmers and environmentalists working together.

  • Getting it Right

    This report provides a template for smart growth not only around Coyote Valley, but also in other urbanizing areas throughout the Bay Area and across the nation.

  • Housing Crisis Report Card

    The 2002 Housing Crisis report card reveals why the San Francisco Bay Area continues to have a housing crisis, and how local governments can help end it.

  • Greenbelt in your Schoolyard

    Greenbelt in your Schoolyard is a teacher’s guide with five activities for grades 3-8 that help young city-dwellers discover their connection to the greenbelt.