Where the World Begins: See and Feel Sonoma Mountain

A view of Bennet Valley from Sonoma Mountain

North Bay Regional Director Teri Shore reviews a new book that lets you see the beauty of Sonoma Mountain through the eyes of its most passionate advocates.

Solstice Sonoma Luxury Resort Slated for Burned Zone in Greenbelt

Sonoma Solstice threatens greenbelt lands at the site of the old Buzzard's Gulch.

A new luxury resort and event center called Solstice Sonoma threatens to develop high fire risk greenbelt lands within the community separator.

Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary in Maturity

In this guest blog, originally published in the Sonoma Valley Sun, Larry Barnett, the City of Sonoma Planning Commissioner, writes about how the city’s urban growth boundary both stops sprawl and promotes smart growth.

Santa Clara Community Rallies for Smart Growth on El Camino Real

Bus islands, bike lanes, and other transportation improvements would be a huge boon to the City of Santa Clara community.

Community members and advocacy groups came together to urge the Santa Clara City Council to make smart choices about growth along El Camino Real. This is an ideal opportunity to bring homes people can afford to a bustling transit corridor.

Lines on the Land: The Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line

The Contra Costa County urban limit line helps contain sprawl near Antioch

The Contra Costa County urban limit line is one of the most powerful tools advocates have to protect greenbelt lands near East County cities such as Antioch and Brentwood.

Santa Rosa Takes Steps to Incentivize Downtown Development for More Housing

The Santa Rosa City Council approved a density bonus for projects in neighborhoods near transit that include affordable housing and community benefits. This is a huge step toward making the city center more livable and climate-smart.

County Denies Morgan Hill Sprawl, Sparing Local Farms

Morgan Hill's Southeast Quadrant

The Santa Clara County LAFCO denied the City of Morgan Hill’s Sprawl proposal which would have destroyed agricultural land in the City’s Southeast Quadrant.

Santa Clara Community Advocates, Planning Professionals Helping Decide El Camino Real Corridor’s Future

A panel of local planning experts meet to discuss the future of El Camino Real, hosted by the Santa Clara Community Advocates

The Santa Clara Community Advocates met with local planning professionals to discuss their vision for the future of the city’s El Camino Real. This community advocacy group is helping shape the future of this important transit corridor.

Why Parks Access is an Equity Issue

Understanding that parks access is an equity issue is essential as we work to bring a Park and Open Space District to Solano County

As we work to bring a Park and Open Space District to Solano County, we’re determined to bring equitable outcomes to the area. This framework will help inform our future work across the region.

Fight to Save Sand Creek Continues in Antioch

Developers have filed multiple lawsuits challenging the Antioch City Council’s adoption of a ballot measure that protects the Sand Creek Focus Area. But 1,200 acres of rolling hills and riparian habitat were preserved by the win, and remain safe as the legal cases proceed.