Accommodating growth in existing communities is one of the greatest challenges facing the Bay Area, says Greenbelt Alliance board member Jeff Blanchfield. “It must be dealt with on the local level, where the politics are tough, but ultimately it affects the whole region.”
And Blanchfield would know. The former chief planning officer of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission has devoted his career to urban and regional planning. Now retired, he joined the Greenbelt Alliance Board of Directors because of his personal mission ”to retain open space through creating dynamic urban places that are great places to live.”
A resident of Marin County, Blanchfield enjoys visiting West Marin, his favorite place in the Bay Area, and a protected open space.
Blanchfield would like to see Greenbelt Alliance work more on fostering dynamic urban places. “A variety of very effective groups work on protecting open space,” says Blanchfield, “but Greenbelt Alliance can make that link from the importance of maintaining green space to having urban areas that are exciting to be in and live in.”