Day: January 31, 2017

In the Face of Urban NIMBYism, Sprawl Threatens 293,100 Acres of Bay Area Green Space

By Roland Li Sprawl could replace up to 293,100 acres of Bay Area green space over the next 30 years, according to a new report from the Greenbelt Alliance, a local land conservation and planning nonprofit. The amount of land likely to be developed was slightly lower than in the group’s previous report in 2012. Jeremy …

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New Report Shows Huge Gains in Bay Area Open Space, but Nearly 300,000 Acres Still At Risk

By Paul Rogers Nearly 300,000 acres across the Bay Area — an area 10 times the size of San Francisco — remain at risk of sprawl development, according to a new report released Tuesday, despite the region’s momentous gains over the past 30 years of preserving parks and open space. Contra Costa, Sonoma and Santa …

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Report: Development Puts Solano County Greenbelt ‘At Risk’

By Todd R. Hansen FAIRFIELD — Nearly 10 percent of Solano County’s open lands are at risk of being developed over the next 30 years, a report by a Bay Area land conservation and urban planning group states. The 2017 report by the Greenbelt Alliance, “At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt,” states that 293,100 acres in the Bay Area is at risk …

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New Report Outlines What’s at Risk if We Lose Bay Area’s Greenbelt

Hosted by Michael Krasny The rich agricultural lands that surround Bay Area cities make up the Bay Area greenbelt, a landscape that owes its existence to decades of conservation efforts. A report released Tuesday by the Greenbelt Alliance, a group dedicated to the protection of these lands, finds that an area almost 10 times the …

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Sonoma County Sees Gains in Open Space Protection, but Threats Remain, Report Finds

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 …

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Press Release: At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt

Greenbelt Alliance’s new report, “At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt,” finds that 293,100 acres of the Bay Area’s farms, ranches, and natural areas are at risk of sprawl development within the next 30 years. These lands provide fresh food, clean water, and spectacular scenery to Bay Area residents, as well as protection from floods and climate change. But today, a total of 458 square miles, almost 10 times the size of San Francisco, could be developed within the next generation.

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