Just months after 81% of Sonoma County voters passed Measure K to protect community separators for the next 20 years, a luxury resort is being proposed on the north edge of Santa Rosa in the Windsor-Larkfield-Santa Rosa Community Separator. Greenbelt Alliance and our allies are concerned that the size and scale of the luxury resort and event center are inconsistent with community separator policies, zoning, and Measure K. It is also in… Read More
Whether you live here or visit, everyone agrees that Sonoma County is pretty great for its rolling hills, dramatic coast, and everything in between. Yet we face many challenges ahead to conserve and restore these lands and achieve thriving neighborhoods for all in the next 20 years and beyond. Looking forward, Greenbelt Alliance is excited to be working with county supervisors and community partners to launch an update of the General Plan,… Read More
Sonoma County Conservation Council board member, Wendy Krupnick, presented the Ernestine Smith Environmentalist of the Year Award to Teri Shore, North Bay Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance on Saturday, June 10th in Santa Rosa. The Conservation Council was founded in 1982 as a federation of environmental organizations dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of the environment in Sonoma County. The Ernestine Smith “Environmentalist of the Year” award was initiated in 1994… Read More
Half of Sonoma County’s land is covered with forests: 522,000 acres of oak woodland, redwoods, Douglas-fir, manzanita, madrone, and more. Greenbelt Alliance was a co-sponsor of the North Coast Forest Conservation Conference where we joined with foresters, tribes, advocates, and landowners to learn and partner on ways we can protect the forested lands that are critical to the Bay Area’s greenbelt. Healthy forests are essential for clean air and water, wildlife habitat,… Read More
In the town of Windsor in northern Sonoma County, it is no surprise that recent polling found that 75% of its residents want to renew their urban growth boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2017. Windsor voters passed their first UGB in November 1998 with a 72% majority. Over the past 20 years, Windsor has made huge strides in smart planning and city-centered growth. Town leaders created a town… Read More
If you love the rolling hills, coastal bluffs, redwood forests and rich farm and ranch land of Sonoma County, now is your chance to share what favorite landscapes you’d like to protect forever!
Greenbelt Alliance is endorsing the proposed DeTurk Winery Village mixed-used project located near the Railroad Square Historic District and future SMART train station in downtown Santa Rosa. If approved and built, it will provide 185 homes—15 of which will be for low-income residents. The project will incorporate the historic red-brick DeTurk Winery building, which withstood the 1906 earthquake. It will include approximately 20,000 square feet of existing commercial space within the rehabilitated… Read More
By J.D. Morris Over the past five years, Sonoma County has nearly cut in half the amount of open space that could be paved over by future development, according to a new report from a national environmental group. A combination of voter-approved growth boundaries, greenbelts separating cities and taxpayer-funded land conservation means Sonoma County fares much better than other Bay Area counties in protecting its open space, the San Francisco-based Greenbelt Alliance… Read More
In sharp contrast to the national election results, Bay Area election results showed millions of voters marked their ballots “yes” for a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Longstanding greenbelt policies protecting open space and farmland between Sonoma County’s towns and cities were renewed for another 20 years.