2023 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Housing Elements Are Up, Now What? How Cities Use the Builder's Remedy

Greenbelt Alliance kicked into 2023 with a virtual conversation with former Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale and YIMBY Law’s Legal Manager, Keith Diggs, to discuss the implications of the builder’s remedy and how we can make sure to achieve our housing and climate goals. The well-attended event spurred an impactful year of local and statewide housing advocacy!

Santa Rosa Bayer Park and Gardens Tour

Through a collaboration with our Southwest Santa Rosa Hotspots partner, Latino Service Providers, we hosted an interactive community event to educate local residents on nature-based climate solutions. The event at Bayer Park and Gardens welcomed Santa Rosa residents to participate in environmental activities like heat mapping, and to explore how to improve Santa Rosa’s environment for a more livable and healthy community that brings nature into our everyday lives.

Hidden Heroes of the Greenbelt

Greenbelt Alliance hosted our annual benefit atop the Salesforce Tower where we honored bold leaders in local government working to ensure greater climate resilience for the Bay Area through equitable solutions. Our 2023 Hidden Heroes of the Greenbelt acknowledged the hard work of John Steere, Emily Corwin, and Amy Chen.

Bridging the Climate/Housing Gap: How to Move Forward Together

Greenbelt Alliance partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Green Foothills for a conversation on the intersection of climate and housing advocacy. The event brought climate and housing activists to The Hub at Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto, where guests explored a regional vision that connects climate resilience with open space protection and climate-smart housing development.

Flood Futures in Suisun City

Greenbelt Alliance worked with our Suisun City Resilience Hotspots community partner, Sustainable Solano, on an interactive waterfront tour along the Suisun shoreline. The flood walk educated guests about the impacts of flooding, sea level rise, and stormwater management in Suisun City and the Bay Area and about opportunities for nature-based solutions. Learn more about our Suisun Resilience Hotspot at greenbelt.org/suisun.

Newark Beach Clean-Up

Greenbelt Alliance’s Newark Shoreline Clean-Up brought out local residents, Newark elected officials, and environmentalists for a fun and informative day out along the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge. The clean-up was followed by an informal town hall that provided a platform for local residents to share their priorities for improving their city. Co-hosted by Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge, this family-friendly event was a Newark Resilience Hotspots community outing. Learn more at greenbelt.org/newark.

Leading with Nature and Investing in People

We launched our Bay Area Resilience Hotspots initiative with a webinar with our Hotspots community partners, Marty Estrada from Community Agency for Resources, Advocacy, and Services, Alex Lunine from Sustainable Solano, and Jana Sokale from Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge. The virtual event included a panel discussion about on-the-ground climate work, barriers that are holding back progress, and why action is needed now.

Blueprint for the Future

Greenbelt Alliance celebrated our 65th anniversary on the Historic Klamath ferry with our community of generous and longstanding supporters, who joined us in raising a toast for the next 65 years of protecting people and nature! Thanks to our guest’s support, we broke our fundraising record to help us continue our critical work in realizing a climate-resilient future for the Bay Area.

SD7 Candidate Forum

Greenbelt Alliance co-hosted a Senate District 7 candidate forum in partnership with YIMBY Action, East Bay for Everyone and Housing Action Coalition. The event was held in Oakland at Nile Hall in Preservation Park and posed hard-hitting questions to explore each candidate’s platform and perspectives on housing, homelessness, and climate impacts. Click here to watch the forum.

Happy Hours for Climate Change Resilience

In 2023, we hosted happy hours throughout the Bay Area to connect with our regional network of supporters. While Greenbelt Alliance works across all nine Bay Area counties, our dedicated communities around the region enable us to advance climate resilience work at the local level. Our happy hours bring us together to celebrate our multiregional work, while creating cross-sector partnerships to hone in on the specific needs of our unique Bay Area communities.

Our Impact

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  • Development endorsed or housing policy championed by Greenbelt Alliance

  • Urban Growth Boundary campaign championed by Greenbelt Alliance

  • Open space protection campaign championed by Greenbelt Alliance

  • Climate-smart measure passed due to Greenbelt Alliance’s advocacy

  • Greenbelt Alliance organizational highlights and celebrations

2024

  • February 2, 2024

    Petaluma’s Urban Growth Boundary is Renewed

    With Petaluma’s current UGB expiring in January, 2025, the City Council is moving forward on renewing it for another 25 years with a ballot measure planned for the November 2024 General Election. Greenbelt Alliance met with city staff prior to the meeting to advocate for a swift renewal of the UGB. The City of Petaluma […]

    With Petaluma’s current UGB expiring in January, 2025, the City Council is moving forward on renewing it for another 25 years with a ballot measure planned for the November 2024 General Election. Greenbelt Alliance met with city staff prior to the meeting to advocate for a swift renewal of the UGB. The City of Petaluma is additionally recommending to modify the General Plan to allow the expansion of approximately a half-mile radius from a transit station to support transit oriented development. Read more here.

2023

  • November 28, 2023

    Solano Together Coalition is Created

    After months of tracking Flannery Associates’ contentious sprawl development proposal in Solano County, under the name “California Forever,” Greenbelt Alliance partnered with a group of concerned Solano residents, leaders, and organizations to form Solano Together. The coalition will provide the public, voters, and decision-makers with accurate information on the impacts of California Forever and unite […]

    After months of tracking Flannery Associates’ contentious sprawl development proposal in Solano County, under the name “California Forever,” Greenbelt Alliance partnered with a group of concerned Solano residents, leaders, and organizations to form Solano Together. The coalition will provide the public, voters, and decision-makers with accurate information on the impacts of California Forever and unite around a shared vision for the future, which focuses on development into existing Solano County cities and strengthening the region’s agricultural industry.

  • October 12, 2023

    SB 272 Requires all Cities to Develop Strategies and Recommend Projects to Address Sea Level Rise By 2034

    For the first time in California history, all coastal cities must plan for sea-level rise, thanks to the passing of SB 272 that Greenbelt Alliance and other advocates supported. The new law requires all cities to develop strategies and recommend projects to address future sea level rise by 2034, with plans mandated and guided by […]

    For the first time in California history, all coastal cities must plan for sea-level rise, thanks to the passing of SB 272 that Greenbelt Alliance and other advocates supported. The new law requires all cities to develop strategies and recommend projects to address future sea level rise by 2034, with plans mandated and guided by local governance. SB 272 will authorize coastal regulators like the Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC) to have the power to approve or deny plans for adaptation projects and development along the shoreline.

  • October 12, 2023

    SB 423 Passed to Encourage Mixed-Use Housing Developments in California

    Greenbelt Alliance and many partners advocated (successfully!) for the passing of SB 423, an extension of SB 35, which passed in 2017 to streamline affordable housing and is scheduled to sunset in 2026. Now the extension of SB 423 authorizes the streamlined approval process for multifamily housing by allowing projects to move forward without a […]

    Greenbelt Alliance and many partners advocated (successfully!) for the passing of SB 423, an extension of SB 35, which passed in 2017 to streamline affordable housing and is scheduled to sunset in 2026. Now the extension of SB 423 authorizes the streamlined approval process for multifamily housing by allowing projects to move forward without a conditional use permit—making it faster and easier to build multiuse affordable housing across California.

  • October 4, 2023

    Greenbelt Alliance Received our Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency on Guidestar!

    Greenbelt Alliance was recognized for our commitment to organizational transparency as a recipient of the Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency. Candid is a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive data and insights about the social sector to donors, audiences, and nonprofits. We are proud of this achievement as an indicator of our steadfast commitment to transparency.

    Greenbelt Alliance was recognized for our commitment to organizational transparency as a recipient of the Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency. Candid is a national nonprofit that provides comprehensive data and insights about the social sector to donors, audiences, and nonprofits. We are proud of this achievement as an indicator of our steadfast commitment to transparency.

  • September 26, 2023

    Greenbelt Alliance Partners for Oakland-Alameda Estuary Adaptation Project

    In partnership with Ninth Root, Hood Planning Group, REAP Climate Center, Community Action for Sustainable Alameda, and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, Greenbelt Alliance is leading the community engagement to champion flood resilience and adaptation projects along the San Leandro Bay/Oakland-Alameda Estuary. The partnership will bring together local community leaders, residents, and city officials to protect […]

    In partnership with Ninth Root, Hood Planning Group, REAP Climate Center, Community Action for Sustainable Alameda, and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, Greenbelt Alliance is leading the community engagement to champion flood resilience and adaptation projects along the San Leandro Bay/Oakland-Alameda Estuary. The partnership will bring together local community leaders, residents, and city officials to protect both the Oakland and Alameda shorelines from expected sea level rise and to reduce the impacts of flooding, while safeguarding and rejuvenating water quality, habitat, recreation, and the vitality of the region’s neighboring communities.

  • July 10, 2023

    Sunnyvale City Council adopts the Moffett Park Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report

    After years of Greenbelt Alliance advocacy in coalition with many other organizations, the Sunnyvale City Council unanimously adopted the Moffett Park Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report in July 2023. The report recommends the redevelopment of current industrial areas into climate-resilient, transit-oriented, mixed-use housing. Doing this promotes infill as a strategy to reduce sprawl and […]

    After years of Greenbelt Alliance advocacy in coalition with many other organizations, the Sunnyvale City Council unanimously adopted the Moffett Park Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report in July 2023. The report recommends the redevelopment of current industrial areas into climate-resilient, transit-oriented, mixed-use housing. Doing this promotes infill as a strategy to reduce sprawl and make housing more affordable, while using nature as a climate adaptation strategy.

  • May 26, 2023

    Mountain View Housing Element

    After many months of work, the City of Mountain View received state certification of their housing element by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Greenbelt Alliance worked with the city and advocated alongside local community organizations to ensure that the plan included progressive policy changes to spur new infill housing development. These changes […]

    After many months of work, the City of Mountain View received state certification of their housing element by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Greenbelt Alliance worked with the city and advocated alongside local community organizations to ensure that the plan included progressive policy changes to spur new infill housing development. These changes include the elimination of parking minimums for 100% affordable housing projects, streamlining for new housing projects in many locations across the city, and significant density increases, all of which will help create the new homes Mountain View needs for a more sustainable future.

  • April 22, 2023

    Greenbelt Alliance Celebrates 65 Years of Protecting People & Nature

    On Earth Day of 2023, Greenbelt Alliance celebrated our 65th anniversary. Our anniversary year activities included exclusive community events and outings, the publication of historic stories of pivotal moments in our history, and toasts to the next 65 years of protecting people and nature. Learn more about this milestone at www.greenbelt.org/65years.

    On Earth Day of 2023, Greenbelt Alliance celebrated our 65th anniversary. Our anniversary year activities included exclusive community events and outings, the publication of historic stories of pivotal moments in our history, and toasts to the next 65 years of protecting people and nature. Learn more about this milestone at www.greenbelt.org/65years.

  • April 10, 2023

    San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Contracts Greenbelt Alliance to Support Sea Level Rise Initiatives

    Greenbelt Alliance partners with government agency BCDC and design firm Mithun to support sea-level-rise resilience and community engagement across the Bay Area. Our partnership brings together teams of climate practitioners and marketing and advocacy experts to support implementation, outreach, and community engagement for the Bay Adapt initiative and the Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan. This innovative […]

    Greenbelt Alliance partners with government agency BCDC and design firm Mithun to support sea-level-rise resilience and community engagement across the Bay Area. Our partnership brings together teams of climate practitioners and marketing and advocacy experts to support implementation, outreach, and community engagement for the Bay Adapt initiative and the Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan. This innovative partnership indicates a new era of government contracting work for Greenbelt Alliance.

2022

  • December 8, 2022

    Montecito Family Apartments in Mountain View: 85 New Homes Approved

    The City of Mountain View unanimously approved the Montecito Family Apartments project, transforming what is currently a 12,000 sq. ft. office building into 85 much-needed, 100% affordable homes for families in the area. Learn more about Montecito Family Apartments here.

    The City of Mountain View unanimously approved the Montecito Family Apartments project, transforming what is currently a 12,000 sq. ft. office building into 85 much-needed, 100% affordable homes for families in the area. Learn more about Montecito Family Apartments here.

  • December 7, 2022

    San José Approves Parking & Mobility Ordinance

    San José’s City Council unanimously approved a new Parking and Transportation Demand Management Standards Ordinance. The result of this new local law which Greenbelt Alliance, the City of San José, and other partners collaborated closely on over the past three years, includes more sustainable mobility, affordable housing, and GHG emissions reduction in our region! Learn […]

    Parking Reform San Jose

    San José’s City Council unanimously approved a new Parking and Transportation Demand Management Standards Ordinance. The result of this new local law which Greenbelt Alliance, the City of San José, and other partners collaborated closely on over the past three years, includes more sustainable mobility, affordable housing, and GHG emissions reduction in our region! Learn more here.

  • November 30, 2022

    Spieker Senior Development in Walnut Creek: 354 New Homes Approved

    This development will span an area of approximately 30.6 acres in unincorporated Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County. As a Life Plan Community—also referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC—it will offer housing, resident services, and long-term care to senior residents. Learn more about Spieker Senior Development here.

    This development will span an area of approximately 30.6 acres in unincorporated Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County. As a Life Plan Community—also referred to as Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC—it will offer housing, resident services, and long-term care to senior residents. Learn more about Spieker Senior Development here.

  • November 28, 2022

    Redwood City’s Sequoia Station Project: 631 New homes Approved

    This mixed-use development on over 12 acres by Lowe and Eden Housing will add over 600 new homes to the Bay Area while also dedicating land for Caltrain rail line expansion to be redeveloped into neighborhood-serving retail, open space, and above-grade commercial office space. Learn more about Sequoia Station here.

    This mixed-use development on over 12 acres by Lowe and Eden Housing will add over 600 new homes to the Bay Area while also dedicating land for Caltrain rail line expansion to be redeveloped into neighborhood-serving retail, open space, and above-grade commercial office space. Learn more about Sequoia Station here.

  • November 16, 2022

    Santa Clara’s Civic Center Multifamily Housing Project: 108 New Homes Approved

    According to the Santa Clara County Housing Need Report, 100,000 families in Santa Clara can only afford fewer than 34,000 homes in the county. The Civic Center Multifamily Housing Project will help alleviate this problem by creating 108 new homes that are 100% affordable and available within the lower end of the affordability range. Learn […]

    According to the Santa Clara County Housing Need Report, 100,000 families in Santa Clara can only afford fewer than 34,000 homes in the county. The Civic Center Multifamily Housing Project will help alleviate this problem by creating 108 new homes that are 100% affordable and available within the lower end of the affordability range. Learn more about the Civic Center Multifamily Housing Project here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure D Passed: Residents of Alameda County Say No to Sprawl

    We are thrilled that Alameda County voters passed Measure D to prevent sprawl on dwindling agricultural lands, open space, watersheds, and wildlife habitats! Learn more about Measure D here.

    We are thrilled that Alameda County voters passed Measure D to prevent sprawl on dwindling agricultural lands, open space, watersheds, and wildlife habitats! Learn more about Measure D here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure J Failed: American Canyon Residents Say No to Sprawl

    After a very close election, the results have finally been called and we are thrilled to report that American Canyon residents stood up to sprawl by voting no on Measure J (by a mere 249 votes), protecting ag lands, open space, wildlife habitat, and watersheds from destructive development along the San Francisco estuary! Learn more […]

    American Canyon by Melissa McMasters

    After a very close election, the results have finally been called and we are thrilled to report that American Canyon residents stood up to sprawl by voting no on Measure J (by a mere 249 votes), protecting ag lands, open space, wildlife habitat, and watersheds from destructive development along the San Francisco estuary! Learn more about Measure J here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure K Passed: Voters in Benicia renew Urban Growth Boundary

    Benicia residents chose to protect open spaces and promote climate-smart communities by passing Measure K to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary! Learn more about Measure K here.

    Benicia residents chose to protect open spaces and promote climate-smart communities by passing Measure K to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary! Learn more about Measure K here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure N Passed: Berkeley Voters Support Affordable Housing

    Berkeley voters passed Measure N, supporting much-needed low-income housing! Learn more about Measure N here.

    Berkeley voters passed Measure N, supporting much-needed low-income housing! Learn more about Measure N here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure Q Passed: Emeryville Voters Fund Critical Environmental Services

    Emeryville residents have passed Measure O, funding services that will address environmental, housing, transportation, safety, and COVID-19 economic recovery issues! Learn more about Measure Q here.

    Emeryville residents have passed Measure O, funding services that will address environmental, housing, transportation, safety, and COVID-19 economic recovery issues! Learn more about Measure Q here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure P Passed: Livermore Supports Wine Country and the Protection of Open Space

    We are excited to share that Livermore residents passed Measure P to support a vibrant wine country while preserving important agricultural land and enhancing the quality of life for residents! Learn more about Measure P here.

    Livermore Vineyard by Jay Huang

    We are excited to share that Livermore residents passed Measure P to support a vibrant wine country while preserving important agricultural land and enhancing the quality of life for residents! Learn more about Measure P here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure V Failed: Menlo Park Protects Affordable Housing

    Menlo Park residents said no to Measure V, choosing to protect affordable housing proposals like the one for the teachers of Ravenswood School District! Learn more about Measure V here.

    Menlo Park residents said no to Measure V, choosing to protect affordable housing proposals like the one for the teachers of Ravenswood School District! Learn more about Measure V here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure Q Passed: Oakland Residents Support Affordable Housing

    We are thrilled that Oakland voters passed Measure Q for new, environmentally efficient affordable housing! Learn more about Measure Q here.

    We are thrilled that Oakland voters passed Measure Q for new, environmentally efficient affordable housing! Learn more about Measure Q here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure U Passed: Voters in Oakland Fund Infrastructure and Housing Projects

    Oakland residents chose to fund various infrastructure and affordable housing projects by passing Measure U! Learn more about this measure here.

    Oakland residents chose to fund various infrastructure and affordable housing projects by passing Measure U! Learn more about this measure here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure V Passed: Oakland Residents Extend Eviction Protections

    The residents of Oakland have passed Measure V to update the City’s Just Cause Ordinance to extend eviction protections! Learn more about Measure V here.

    The residents of Oakland have passed Measure V to update the City’s Just Cause Ordinance to extend eviction protections! Learn more about Measure V here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure P Passed: Richmond Voters Cap Rent

    The residents of Richmond have passed Measure P, capping rent increases to protect tenants at risk of displacement! Learn more about Measure P here.

    The residents of Richmond have passed Measure P, capping rent increases to protect tenants at risk of displacement! Learn more about Measure P here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Proposition E Failed: San Francisco Residents Vote No on Deceptive Housing Policy

    We are relieved that San Francisco residents said no to Proposition E, a deceptive policy that would have made it harder to build 100% affordable housing than it currently is. Learn more about Prop E here.

    We are relieved that San Francisco residents said no to Proposition E, a deceptive policy that would have made it harder to build 100% affordable housing than it currently is. Learn more about Prop E here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Proposition I Failed: San Francisco Says No to Ocean Beach Wall

    ​​We are thrilled that San Francisco voters said no to Proposition I, opposing an $80 million wall on Ocean Beach! Learn more about Prop I here.

    ​​We are thrilled that San Francisco voters said no to Proposition I, opposing an $80 million wall on Ocean Beach! Learn more about Prop I here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Proposition J Passed: Voters in San Francisco Protect Open Park Space

    We are thrilled that San Francisco residents voted yes on Proposition J for a safer, more accessible open park space for all! Learn more about Prop J here.

    We are thrilled that San Francisco residents voted yes on Proposition J for a safer, more accessible open park space for all! Learn more about Prop J here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure CC Passed: San Mateo Funds Sustainability

    ​​San Mateo voters have approved Measure CC, funding services, infrastructure, climate adaptation goals, affordable housing, and other critical avenues to sustainability! Learn more about Measure CC here.

    ​​San Mateo voters have approved Measure CC, funding services, infrastructure, climate adaptation goals, affordable housing, and other critical avenues to sustainability! Learn more about Measure CC here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure O Passed: Sonoma Invests in Fire Services

    Sonoma County voters have passed Measure O to maintain high-quality fire and emergency services for all! Learn more about Measure O here.

    Sonoma County voters have passed Measure O to maintain high-quality fire and emergency services for all! Learn more about Measure O here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure AA Passed: South San Francisco Votes Supports Steps to Affordable Housing

    South San Francisco residents voted yes on Measure AA, authorizing the development, construction, or acquisition of housing for low-income households by the City! Learn more about Measure AA here.

    South San Francisco residents voted yes on Measure AA, authorizing the development, construction, or acquisition of housing for low-income households by the City! Learn more about Measure AA here.

  • November 9, 2022

    Measure M Passed: Residents of Tiburon & Belvedere Protect the Martha Property

    We are thrilled that the residents of Tiburon and Belvedere have passed Measure M to protect the only major parcel of open space land remaining on the Tiburon Peninsula, the Martha Property! Learn more about Measure M here.

    We are thrilled that the residents of Tiburon and Belvedere have passed Measure M to protect the only major parcel of open space land remaining on the Tiburon Peninsula, the Martha Property! Learn more about Measure M here.

  • November 2, 2022

    Woodland Park Euclid Improvements Project in Palo Alto: 605 New Homes Approved

    This project will replace several aging, 100-year-old structures with new mixed-income buildings that add 445 new homes to the existing 160—more than doubling the housing supply. Learn more about the Woodland Park Euclid Improvements project here.

    This project will replace several aging, 100-year-old structures with new mixed-income buildings that add 445 new homes to the existing 160—more than doubling the housing supply. Learn more about the Woodland Park Euclid Improvements project here.

  • August 9, 2022

    Cambrian Village in San José: 428 New Homes Approved

    Cambrian Village will transform a 70+-year-old sprawling strip mall surrounded by large parking lots into a unique and innovative village with 428 homes, community gathering spaces, and a commercial center for residents and neighbors to enjoy. Moreover, the $9,000,000 in in-lieu fees will go a long way to funding badly needed affordable housing projects in […]

    Cambrian Village will transform a 70+-year-old sprawling strip mall surrounded by large parking lots into a unique and innovative village with 428 homes, community gathering spaces, and a commercial center for residents and neighbors to enjoy. Moreover, the $9,000,000 in in-lieu fees will go a long way to funding badly needed affordable housing projects in other neighborhoods. Learn more about Cambrian Village here.

  • July 28, 2022

    925 Bryant in San Francisco: 218 New Homes Approved

    This development will transform what is currently a vacant commercial building with a surface parking lot into a seven-story group housing, bringing 218 much-needed homes to the SoMa neighborhood. Learn more about 925 Bryant here.

    This development will transform what is currently a vacant commercial building with a surface parking lot into a seven-story group housing, bringing 218 much-needed homes to the SoMa neighborhood. Learn more about 925 Bryant here.

  • June 22, 2022

    San Mateo’s Block 21: 111 New Homes Approved

    Block 21 was unanimously approved by the San Mateo City Council after dozens of advocates took action and sent emails to the Planning Commission and City Council expressing their support. This new development will replace what’s currently an area for commercial, restaurant, residential and auto-related uses with a six-story mixed-use building for office and residential […]

    Block 21 was unanimously approved by the San Mateo City Council after dozens of advocates took action and sent emails to the Planning Commission and City Council expressing their support. This new development will replace what’s currently an area for commercial, restaurant, residential and auto-related uses with a six-story mixed-use building for office and residential use, of which its 111 new homes will include 15% devoted to the very low-income level. Learn more about Block 21 here.

  • February 3, 2022

    San Francisco 1900 Diamond Street: 24 New Homes Approved

    The San Francisco Planning Commission approved Glen Park’s 1900 Diamond Street project with a 7-0 vote! This is a key milestone to providing more housing in the community as well as funding for affordable homes in the city. Learn more about 1900 Diamond Street here.

    The San Francisco Planning Commission approved Glen Park’s 1900 Diamond Street project with a 7-0 vote! This is a key milestone to providing more housing in the community as well as funding for affordable homes in the city. Learn more about 1900 Diamond Street here.

2021

  • November 17, 2021

    San José Protects Coyote Valley from Industrial Development

    For decades, Greenbelt Alliance and partners have fought to protect Coyote Valley from inappropriate development threats—from technology campuses to sprawling subdivisions. This time, the San José’s City Council held a crucial vote to decide on making General Plan amendments that would protect Coyote Valley by removing industrial land-use designation and rezoning it for open space […]

    For decades, Greenbelt Alliance and partners have fought to protect Coyote Valley from inappropriate development threats—from technology campuses to sprawling subdivisions. This time, the San José’s City Council held a crucial vote to decide on making General Plan amendments that would protect Coyote Valley by removing industrial land-use designation and rezoning it for open space and agriculture. Read more about how San José has protected Coyote Valley from industrial development here.

  • October 21, 2021

    Plan Bay Area 2050 Adopted

    On October 21, 2021, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board unanimously adopted Plan Bay Area 2050. This is the boldest version of Plan Bay Area ever to be adopted and comes with a price tag of $1.4 trillion dollars in order to address the region’s needs […]

    On October 21, 2021, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board unanimously adopted Plan Bay Area 2050. This is the boldest version of Plan Bay Area ever to be adopted and comes with a price tag of $1.4 trillion dollars in order to address the region’s needs around housing, the economy, transportation, and the environment. Read more about the adoption of Plan Bay Area 2050 here.

  • September 28, 2021

    La Vista Residential Project: 176 New Homes Approved

    The Hayward City Council approved the La Vista Residential Project by Eden Housing and The Pacific Companies’ (TPC), an infill and mixed-use development that will feature 100% affordable homes (176), a new school, and a new public park. Learn more about the La Vista Residential Project here.

    The Hayward City Council approved the La Vista Residential Project by Eden Housing and The Pacific Companies’ (TPC), an infill and mixed-use development that will feature 100% affordable homes (176), a new school, and a new public park. Learn more about the La Vista Residential Project here.

  • September 16, 2021

    Tesla Park Protected From OHV Expansion

    After two decades of advocacy efforts, the site known as Tesla Park in eastern Alameda County will finally be protected. In early September, Governor Gavin Newsom, the Legislature, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation reached a $31 million agreement to protect the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area from off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation on the land. […]

    After two decades of advocacy efforts, the site known as Tesla Park in eastern Alameda County will finally be protected. In early September, Governor Gavin Newsom, the Legislature, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation reached a $31 million agreement to protect the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area from off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation on the land. Read more about Tesla Park here.

  • May 25, 2021

    Downtown Livermore Apartments: 130 News Homes Approved

    The Livermore City Council voted unanimously to approve the 130-unit affordable housing community proposed for the downtown area by Eden Housing! Learn more about the Downtown Livermore Apartments here.

    The Livermore City Council voted unanimously to approve the 130-unit affordable housing community proposed for the downtown area by Eden Housing! Learn more about the Downtown Livermore Apartments here.

  • February 3, 2021

    Critical Milestone for Napa Greenbelts

    The 80-acre Napa Oaks lands and 195 acres in nearby Brown’s Valley and Timberhill are now newly designated as greenbelts in the draft updated General Plan land use maps. That’s a total of 275 acres that will be preserved in perpetuity to reduce wildfire risk, provide open space, protect trees and habitat, and increase overall […]

    Napa Timberhill Park

    The 80-acre Napa Oaks lands and 195 acres in nearby Brown’s Valley and Timberhill are now newly designated as greenbelts in the draft updated General Plan land use maps. That’s a total of 275 acres that will be preserved in perpetuity to reduce wildfire risk, provide open space, protect trees and habitat, and increase overall climate resiliency! Learn more about this critical milestone for Napa greenbelts here.

  • January 26, 2021

    Sonoma Vital Lands Initiative Adopted

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Vital Lands Initiative. The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide the work of the Ag + Open Space District for the next 10 years. Building on nearly 30 years of successful land conservation work, the initiative outlines strategies for protecting vital open […]

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Vital Lands Initiative. The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide the work of the Ag + Open Space District for the next 10 years. Building on nearly 30 years of successful land conservation work, the initiative outlines strategies for protecting vital open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space. It prioritizes greenbelts around towns and cities and places climate resiliency and equity front and center! Learn more about the Vital Lands Initiative here.

2020

  • December 9, 2020

    Journey’s End in Santa Rosa: 532 New Homes Approved

    The City of Santa Rosa approved the Journey’s End project, bringing 532 new climate-smart, inclusive homes to the North Bay! Learn more about Journey’s End here.

    The City of Santa Rosa approved the Journey’s End project, bringing 532 new climate-smart, inclusive homes to the North Bay! Learn more about Journey’s End here.

  • December 8, 2020

    San Mateo’s Peninsula Heights: 291 New Homes Approved

    The Peninsula Heights project was approved, bringing much-needed climate SMART—Sustainable, Mixed, Affordable, Resilient, Transit-Oriented—homes to the South Bay! This new development will transform four commercial buildings and their surface parking lots into a residential development providing 291 townhouses in San Mateo. Learn more about Peninsula Heights here.

    The Peninsula Heights project was approved, bringing much-needed climate SMART—Sustainable, Mixed, Affordable, Resilient, Transit-Oriented—homes to the South Bay! This new development will transform four commercial buildings and their surface parking lots into a residential development providing 291 townhouses in San Mateo. Learn more about Peninsula Heights here.

  • November 17, 2020

    Redwood City’s South Main Mixed-Use Project: 540 New Homes Approved

    The South Main Mixed-Use development was approved, adding 540 residential units, 530,00ft2 of office space, and 28,000ft2 of retail space to the El Camino Real corridor in Redwood City. Learn more about the South Main Mixed-Use project here.

    The South Main Mixed-Use development was approved, adding 540 residential units, 530,00ft2 of office space, and 28,000ft2 of retail space to the El Camino Real corridor in Redwood City. Learn more about the South Main Mixed-Use project here.

  • November 3, 2020

    Measure W Passed: City of Sonoma UGB Renewed

    Voters in the city of Sonoma passed Measure W—a campaign led by Greenbelt Alliance—with a supermajority of 80% to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary for another 20 years! Learn more about the Measure W campaign here.

    Voters in the city of Sonoma passed Measure W—a campaign led by Greenbelt Alliance—with a supermajority of 80% to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary for another 20 years! Learn more about the Measure W campaign here.

  • November 3, 2020

    Measure T Passed: Santa Clara Open Space Authority Trails & Acquisition Funding

    Santa Clara County passed Measure T, allowing the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to expand its legacy of protecting thousands of acres of open space that provide resources for people around the region. Learn more about the Measure T campaign here.

    Santa Clara County passed Measure T, allowing the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to expand its legacy of protecting thousands of acres of open space that provide resources for people around the region. Learn more about the Measure T campaign here.

  • November 3, 2020

    Measure RR Passed: Rescuing Caltrain

    After COVID hit, Caltrain took a huge hit financially and was at risk of shutting down. But when the November Election came, 70% of voters from San Francisco and the South Bay rescued Caltrain by voting yes on Measure RR! Greenbelt Alliance was a leader in rescuing Caltrain, ensuring thousands of teachers, nurses, and essential […]

    After COVID hit, Caltrain took a huge hit financially and was at risk of shutting down. But when the November Election came, 70% of voters from San Francisco and the South Bay rescued Caltrain by voting yes on Measure RR! Greenbelt Alliance was a leader in rescuing Caltrain, ensuring thousands of teachers, nurses, and essential workers can get where they are needed most. Learn more about Measure RR here.

  • November 3, 2020

    Measure T Passed: Protecting Antioch’s Urban Limit Line

    Finally, after years of grassroots organizing (see instrumental wins from previous years that led to this major victory), Greenbelt Alliance worked with Antioch voters to pass Measure T in 2020 with 79 percent approval to protect 1,200 acres in the Sand Creek Area. The newly protected lands are located at the southern edge of Antioch, […]

    Finally, after years of grassroots organizing (see instrumental wins from previous years that led to this major victory), Greenbelt Alliance worked with Antioch voters to pass Measure T in 2020 with 79 percent approval to protect 1,200 acres in the Sand Creek Area.

    The newly protected lands are located at the southern edge of Antioch, in the foothills of Mount Diablo. Known for its majestic rolling hills and open expanses, the area provides a host of natural benefits, including critical wildlife habitat, recharge of groundwater supplies, carbon sequestration, and well-loved walking routes and scenic vistas. The measure requires a vote of the people to expand growth beyond the Urban Limit Line—the boundary that marks the outer limit beyond which urban development isn’t allowed.

  • October 21, 2020

    Ruby Street Apartments in Castro Valley: 72 New Homes Approved

    The Ruby Street Apartments project in Castro Valley by Eden Housing was approved. This project will bring 72 new, 100% affordable homes to the Bay Area. Learn more about Ruby Street here.

    The Ruby Street Apartments project in Castro Valley by Eden Housing was approved. This project will bring 72 new, 100% affordable homes to the Bay Area. Learn more about Ruby Street here.

  • September 17, 2020

    Santa Rosa 556 Ross Street: 109 New Homes Approved

    The climate SMART project at 556 Ross Street was approved, bringing 109 “affordable by design” critically needed housing to Santa Rosa’s city center. Learn more about 556 Ross Street here.

    The climate SMART project at 556 Ross Street was approved, bringing 109 “affordable by design” critically needed housing to Santa Rosa’s city center. Learn more about 556 Ross Street here.

  • September 8, 2020

    CityWalk Bishop Ranch Mixed-Use Master Plan: 4500 New Homes Approved

    The Bishop Ranch CityWalk Master Plan was approved, providing 4,500 new homes to the Bay Area! Learn more about CityWalk here.

    The Bishop Ranch CityWalk Master Plan was approved, providing 4,500 new homes to the Bay Area! Learn more about CityWalk here.

  • August 18, 2020

    Downtown San Mateo Opportunity Sites: 225 New Homes Approved

    The “Downtown San Mateo Opportunity Sites” project was approved, converting surface parking spaces into 225 affordable rental homes. Learn more about the Opportunity Sites here.

    The “Downtown San Mateo Opportunity Sites” project was approved, converting surface parking spaces into 225 affordable rental homes. Learn more about the Opportunity Sites here.

  • August 10, 2020

    Terraces of Lafayette: 315 New Homes Approved

    Greenbelt Alliance successfully and continually advocates for more livable communities close to jobs, schools, and shops. Just recently, we organized with partners and allies to win the approval of Terraces of Lafayette after 105 meetings over the course of a decade. First proposed in 2011, this development will provide 315 homes with 63 allocated affordable […]

    Greenbelt Alliance successfully and continually advocates for more livable communities close to jobs, schools, and shops. Just recently, we organized with partners and allies to win the approval of Terraces of Lafayette after 105 meetings over the course of a decade. First proposed in 2011, this development will provide 315 homes with 63 allocated affordable for low-income residents. This project will make tremendous strides in furthering Lafayette’s progress on its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals. Learn more about the Terraces of Lafayette here.

  • July 23, 2020

    Resort Denied in Protected Sonoma County Greenbelt

    In a unanimous 4 – 0 vote, a luxury resort and event center proposed to be built at 3890 Old Redwood Highway in the heart of the key Windsor-Larkfield-Santa Rosa Community Separator was denied by the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments. Learn more about the protection of this community separator here.

    In a unanimous 4 – 0 vote, a luxury resort and event center proposed to be built at 3890 Old Redwood Highway in the heart of the key Windsor-Larkfield-Santa Rosa Community Separator was denied by the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments. Learn more about the protection of this community separator here.

  • February 8, 2020

    Caltrain Approves Affordable Housing Policy

    To ensure thriving communities, we were instrumental in new affordable housing policies for lands along Caltrain. Learn more about this win for affordable housing here.

    To ensure thriving communities, we were instrumental in new affordable housing policies for lands along Caltrain. Learn more about this win for affordable housing here.

2019

  • December 4, 2019

    Historic Deal Permanently Protects Land in Coyote Valley

    When it comes to open space, you often need to save it over and over again. Case in point is Coyote Valley, an expanse of 7,400 acres of greenbelt lands between San Jose and Morgan Hill on the edge of a dense urban landscape. The lands are home to lush farmland and a vast open […]

    When it comes to open space, you often need to save it over and over again. Case in point is Coyote Valley, an expanse of 7,400 acres of greenbelt lands between San Jose and Morgan Hill on the edge of a dense urban landscape. The lands are home to lush farmland and a vast open space preserve, providing an awe-inspiring landscape to explore. It is also sacred, ancestral land to the Amah Mutsun tribal band and Muwekma Ohlone tribe.

    For decades, Greenbelt Alliance and our partners have protected Coyote Valley from inappropriate development—from technology campuses to sprawling subdivisions. Not only did we defeat multiple plans to pave over the precious open space land, but we also won new and greater protections and funding through multiple ballot measures and campaigns for the wildlife habitat, rich water resources, and green infrastructure for flood prevention in vulnerable neighborhoods. We are on the verge of permanent protection for these lands partnering with allies and elected leaders like San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who is a member of our Board of Directors.

    In 2019, the City of San Jose approved a historic $93 million deal to purchase and permanently protect 937 acres of this last-chance landscape. The monumental purchase came on the heels of a huge victory in 2018, jump down the timeline for more history on the fight to protect Coyote Valley. Learn more about this historic deal to protect Coyote Valley here.

  • November 5, 2019

    Measure B Passed: Rohnert Park Renews UGB

    On November 5, the people of Rohnert Park chose to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary with over 90% voting yes on Measure B. Learn more about Measure B here.

    On November 5, the people of Rohnert Park chose to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary with over 90% voting yes on Measure B. Learn more about Measure B here.

  • November 5, 2019

    Measure L Denied: Brentwood Farm Lands Protected

    More precious agricultural land was spared from development when we won No on L in Brentwood in the November 2019 Election. Critical open space land was at risk of being lost to sprawl development just outside the city of Brentwood in eastern Contra Costa County, but Greenbelt Alliance stood with Brentwood residents and partner organizations […]

    More precious agricultural land was spared from development when we won No on L in Brentwood in the November 2019 Election. Critical open space land was at risk of being lost to sprawl development just outside the city of Brentwood in eastern Contra Costa County, but Greenbelt Alliance stood with Brentwood residents and partner organizations against sprawl development, resulting in a NO vote on Measure L—a win for the East Bay’s natural and agricultural lands as well as for climate-smart development in our cities. Learn more about Measure L here.

  • September 25, 2019

    Broadway Plaza in Redwood City: 520 New Homes Approved

    Broadway Plaza was approved in Redwood City, a revitalizing project to the city’s Broadway corridor that will transform an auto-oriented shopping center into a people-focused space mixed with 520 new homes, office, retail, childcare, and walkable public pathways intersecting across the project’s 11+ acres. Learn more about Broadway Plaza here.

    Broadway Plaza was approved in Redwood City, a revitalizing project to the city’s Broadway corridor that will transform an auto-oriented shopping center into a people-focused space mixed with 520 new homes, office, retail, childcare, and walkable public pathways intersecting across the project’s 11+ acres. Learn more about Broadway Plaza here.

  • September 10, 2019

    Belmont’s Firehouse Square: 81 New Homes Approved

    The Firehouse Square residential project was approved, bringing 81 new homes to Belmont. Learn more about Firehouse Square here.

    The Firehouse Square residential project was approved, bringing 81 new homes to Belmont. Learn more about Firehouse Square here.

  • July 16, 2019

    Concord Naval Weapons Station Land to Become a Park

    For over a decade Greenbelt Alliance has worked to protect 2,200 acres of the East Bay’s former Concord Naval Weapons Station—an area double the size of Golden Gate Park. On July 2, the U.S. Navy finally transferred the land to the East Bay Regional Park District to make it official. The new park that will […]

    Concord Naval Weapons Station

    For over a decade Greenbelt Alliance has worked to protect 2,200 acres of the East Bay’s former Concord Naval Weapons Station—an area double the size of Golden Gate Park. On July 2, the U.S. Navy finally transferred the land to the East Bay Regional Park District to make it official.

    The new park that will be developed will create more ways to get out in nature with new trails and campgrounds. Plans also include a visitor center that will commemorate the Port Chicago explosion of 1944, which killed 320 mostly African-American workers and led to safer munitions practices and desegregation of the U.S. Navy. Learn more about the Concord Naval Weapons Station here.

  • June 19, 2019

    Artisan Crossing in San Mateo: 250 New Homes Approved

    The Artisan Crossing project in San Mateo was approved, creating 250 desperately needed new homes on the Peninsula. Learn more about Artisan Crossing here.

    The Artisan Crossing project in San Mateo was approved, creating 250 desperately needed new homes on the Peninsula. Learn more about Artisan Crossing here.

  • March 12, 2019

    899 Alvarado in San Leandro: 687 New Homes Approved

    899 Alvarado was approved, bringing 687 new homes to San Leandro. Learn more about 899 Alvarado here.

    899 Alvarado was approved, bringing 687 new homes to San Leandro. Learn more about 899 Alvarado here.

  • March 12, 2019

    Protecting 1,200 Acres of Agricultural & Natural Lands in Antioch

    Greenbelt Alliance celebrated a big win when the Antioch City Council voted to protect 1,200 acres of natural and agricultural lands, which had long been in the crosshairs for sprawl development. The protected lands in the foothills of Mount Diablo are in an area called Sand Creek. Known for its well-loved walking routes and scenic […]

    Greenbelt Alliance celebrated a big win when the Antioch City Council voted to protect 1,200 acres of natural and agricultural lands, which had long been in the crosshairs for sprawl development. The protected lands in the foothills of Mount Diablo are in an area called Sand Creek. Known for its well-loved walking routes and scenic vistas, this land also provides a host of natural benefits, from wildlife habitat to groundwater recharge and carbon sequestration. But most importantly, 77% of the 1,200 acres protected is composed of farmland—contributing to our local food supply and the Bay Area’s $6.1 billion agricultural economy. By protecting the ever-shrinking amount of farm and ranch land in the Bay Area from poorly planned sprawl development, Greenbelt Alliance is ensuring that future generations have access to local, healthy food. Though this was a monumental step in the fight to protect the Sand Creek area, Greenbelt Alliance, our partners, and the community would be forced to continue the battle to 2020. Learn more about this victory in Antioch here.

2018

  • November 6, 2018

    Measure T Passed: Coyote Valley Land Acquisition Funding

    The residents of San Jose voted yes on Measure T, resulting in $50 million to fund conservation and restoration efforts in Coyote Valley, vital open space land that Greenbelt Alliance, along with many partners, has been fighting to protect for decades. Greenbelt Alliance spearheaded the Measure T campaign, educating the community on the natural benefits […]

    The residents of San Jose voted yes on Measure T, resulting in $50 million to fund conservation and restoration efforts in Coyote Valley, vital open space land that Greenbelt Alliance, along with many partners, has been fighting to protect for decades. Greenbelt Alliance spearheaded the Measure T campaign, educating the community on the natural benefits Coyote Valley provides. Learn more about the Measure T campaign here.

  • June 5, 2018

    Measure C Passed: Improving Coyote Valley Protections + Measure B Denied: Preventing Sprawl Development

    Funded by two billionaires, the 367-page Evergreen Initiative would have rewritten local rules to facilitate sprawl development across the city. It posed a major threat to thousands of acres of open space across San Jose, including the iconic Coyote Valley—a lynchpin landscape at the city’s southern edge that connects the Mount Hamilton Range with the […]

    Funded by two billionaires, the 367-page Evergreen Initiative would have rewritten local rules to facilitate sprawl development across the city. It posed a major threat to thousands of acres of open space across San Jose, including the iconic Coyote Valley—a lynchpin landscape at the city’s southern edge that connects the Mount Hamilton Range with the Santa Cruz Mountains.

    Greenbelt Alliance spearheaded the No to Measure B and Yes to Measure C campaigns to defeat the Evergreen Initiative and protect the South Bay’s critical open space lands. Our team knocked on hundreds of doors and called thousands of voters to ensure they knew the truth about the deceptive initiative that would strain resources and worsen climate impacts on the region. Thankfully, San Jose heard our plea and rejected this sprawl initiative by saying NO to Measure B and YES to Measure C in the June 2018 election! Learn more about the No on B and Yes on C campaign here.

  • June 1, 2018

    The Agrihood in the City of Santa Clara: 361 New Homes Approved

    The Santa Clara City Council approved the Agrihood project, providing 361 new homes—half of which will be affordable—as well as community spaces and a teaching farm on a 5.8-acre infill site in the center of the city. Learn more about The Agrihood here.

    The Santa Clara City Council approved the Agrihood project, providing 361 new homes—half of which will be affordable—as well as community spaces and a teaching farm on a 5.8-acre infill site in the center of the city. Learn more about The Agrihood here.

  • May 16, 2018

    Walnut Creek’s Las Juntas Way – 42 new homes

    The Las Juntas Way community by Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Inc. in Walnut Creek was approved. This 100% affordable community will feature 42 new townhomes across from the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village—a welcome addition to a major transit hub and job center in the heart of Contra Costa County. Learn more about […]

    The Las Juntas Way community by Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Inc. in Walnut Creek was approved. This 100% affordable community will feature 42 new townhomes across from the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village—a welcome addition to a major transit hub and job center in the heart of Contra Costa County. Learn more about Las Juntas Way here.

  • April 27, 2018

    Millbrae Serra Station: 444 New Homes Approved

    The Millbrae Serra Station development was approved. This dynamic proposal will transform 3.5 acres of underutilized land just steps away from both BART and Caltrain into a thriving, transit-oriented community with 444 homes, shops, and new job opportunities for the community. Learn more about Serra Station here.

    The Millbrae Serra Station development was approved. This dynamic proposal will transform 3.5 acres of underutilized land just steps away from both BART and Caltrain into a thriving, transit-oriented community with 444 homes, shops, and new job opportunities for the community. Learn more about Serra Station here.

  • March 14, 2018

    The Gateway at Millbrae Station: 400 New Homes Approved

    After years of delay, the Gateway at Millbrae Station was finally approved by the Millbrae City Council. This project will transform a vast BART parking lot into a thriving, transit-oriented community with 400 new homes at the doorstep of both BART and Caltrain. Learn more about The Gateway at Millbrae Station here.

    After years of delay, the Gateway at Millbrae Station was finally approved by the Millbrae City Council. This project will transform a vast BART parking lot into a thriving, transit-oriented community with 400 new homes at the doorstep of both BART and Caltrain. Learn more about The Gateway at Millbrae Station here.

2017

  • December 21, 2017

    Bradford Senior Housing in Redwood City: 117 New Homes Approved

    The Bradford Senior Housing project by MidPen Housing was approved in Redwood City after more than a decade of work to transform a vacant downtown lot into 117, 100% affordable homes for seniors. Learn more about Bradford Senior Housing here.

    The Bradford Senior Housing project by MidPen Housing was approved in Redwood City after more than a decade of work to transform a vacant downtown lot into 117, 100% affordable homes for seniors. Learn more about Bradford Senior Housing here.

  • November 8, 2017

    Antioch Scraps Sand Creek Plan Defeating Sprawl Development

    For the second time in 13 years, Greenbelt Alliance and our partners defeated Antioch’s sprawl plan for the Sand Creek Focus Area, a vital step toward our ultimate goal of long-term protection for the area. The Sand Creek Focus Area plan was one of the largest sprawl development proposals in the entire 9-county Bay Area […]

    For the second time in 13 years, Greenbelt Alliance and our partners defeated Antioch’s sprawl plan for the Sand Creek Focus Area, a vital step toward our ultimate goal of long-term protection for the area.

    The Sand Creek Focus Area plan was one of the largest sprawl development proposals in the entire 9-county Bay Area region. It would have green-lighted sprawl development on more than four square miles (2,700 acres) of natural and agricultural lands, more than twice the size of Golden Gate Park. First defeated in 2004, this ill-conceived plan has been thrown out again. After hearing from hundreds of concerned Antioch residents for more than a year, the Antioch City Council scrapped the plan and proposed skipping environmental review entirely.

    While this was a victory to celebrate, there were still massive individual sprawl projects looming, which we continued to defeat year after year. Learn more about this win here.

  • November 7, 2017

    Measure D Passed: – Novato Renews Urban Growth Boundary

    The people of Novato voted overwhelmingly to pass Measure D with nearly 73%—protecting open space and halting sprawl in Novato for another 25 years. Learn more about Novato’s Measure D here.

    The people of Novato voted overwhelmingly to pass Measure D with nearly 73%—protecting open space and halting sprawl in Novato for another 25 years. Learn more about Novato’s Measure D here.

  • November 7, 2017

    Measure H Passed: Windsor Renews UGB

    Windsor held a special election on November 7, 2017, to renew its Urban Growth Boundary for another 22 years through Measure H. In a resounding win with over 70% approval, the local community turned out in support of protecting open space and planning for smart growth. Learn more about Windor’s Measure H here.

    Windsor held a special election on November 7, 2017, to renew its Urban Growth Boundary for another 22 years through Measure H. In a resounding win with over 70% approval, the local community turned out in support of protecting open space and planning for smart growth. Learn more about Windor’s Measure H here.

  • September 12, 2017

    Sunnyvale Commits to Housing Along EI Camino Real: 6,900 New Homes Approved

    In Sunnyvale, a two-bedroom apartment rents for over $3,200 per month. The city and its residents are hoping to address this urgent affordability problem and get growth right by planning for more homes as part of their El Camino Real plan. Greenbelt Alliance is working with resident groups like Sunnyvale Cool, advocates like Sue Serrone, […]

    In Sunnyvale, a two-bedroom apartment rents for over $3,200 per month. The city and its residents are hoping to address this urgent affordability problem and get growth right by planning for more homes as part of their El Camino Real plan. Greenbelt Alliance is working with resident groups like Sunnyvale Cool, advocates like Sue Serrone, and the community-based coalition Sue leads, Livable Sunnyvale, to ensure the people of Sunnyvale can impact how their city grows and ensure their needs are incorporated into the El Camino Real plan. Our partners range from neighborhood associations and housing advocates to bicycle and pedestrian groups.

    Sunnyvale’s City Council has taken an important step forward, voting to accommodate 6,900 new homes along the corridor, the most homes of all the options under consideration in its upcoming plan. The final plan is expected to be adopted in 2019.

    Our Fixing the Foundation report identified key barriers to adding new homes in Sunnyvale. Using those findings as a guide, we are working to ensure the plan increases flexibility to allow for new sustainable and affordable homes to be built in the right places. Learn more about Sunnyvale’s commitment to affordable housing along the El Camino Real here.

  • September 7, 2017

    North 40 in Los Gatos: 335 New Homes Approved

    The Los Gatos Town Council approved the North 40 project, a smart development that will create 335 new homes in a walkable neighborhood on one of the city’s largest sites for infill development. Learn more about North 40 here.

    The Los Gatos Town Council approved the North 40 project, a smart development that will create 335 new homes in a walkable neighborhood on one of the city’s largest sites for infill development. Learn more about North 40 here.

  • August 8, 2017

    Walnut Residences in Fremont: 632 New Homes Approved

    After months of legal delays, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch affirmed the approval of the Walnut Residences community, providing 632 new homes just a short walk from Fremont’s downtown BART station. Learn more about the Walnut Residences here.

    After months of legal delays, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch affirmed the approval of the Walnut Residences community, providing 632 new homes just a short walk from Fremont’s downtown BART station. Learn more about the Walnut Residences here.

  • August 4, 2017

    2700 West EI Camino in Mountain View: 211 New Homes Approved

    The Mountain View City Council unanimously approved the 2700 West El Camino project by SummerHill Apartment Communities, bringing 211 new homes to Silicon Valley. Learn more about 2700 West El Camino here.

    The Mountain View City Council unanimously approved the 2700 West El Camino project by SummerHill Apartment Communities, bringing 211 new homes to Silicon Valley. Learn more about 2700 West El Camino here.

  • July 25, 2017

    Karlstad in Sunnyvale: 250 New Homes Approved

    The Karlstad project in Sunnyvale’s Fair Oaks neighborhood was approved, bringing 250 new homes to the South Bay. Learn more about Karlstad here.

    The Karlstad project in Sunnyvale’s Fair Oaks neighborhood was approved, bringing 250 new homes to the South Bay. Learn more about Karlstad here.

  • May 22, 2017

    612 Jefferson in Redwood City: 20 New Homes Approved

    Habitat for Humanity’s 612 Jefferson was approved, bringing 20 new homes to Redwood City. Learn more about 612 Jefferson here.

    Habitat for Humanity’s 612 Jefferson was approved, bringing 20 new homes to Redwood City. Learn more about 612 Jefferson here.

  • March 20, 2017

    1409 EI Camino in Redwood City: 350 New Homes Approved

    Redwood City approved the 1409 El Camino project by Greystar Real Estate Partners, creating 350 new homes for the Bay Area. Learn more about 1409 El Camino here.

    Redwood City approved the 1409 El Camino project by Greystar Real Estate Partners, creating 350 new homes for the Bay Area. Learn more about 1409 El Camino here.

  • March 8, 2017

    MacArthur Transit Village in Oakland: 402 New Homes Approved

    The Oakland City Council unanimously approved the MacArthur Transit Village, adding 402 new homes to Oakland right next to BART. Learn more about the MacArthur Transit Village here.

    The Oakland City Council unanimously approved the MacArthur Transit Village, adding 402 new homes to Oakland right next to BART. Learn more about the MacArthur Transit Village here.

  • January 27, 2017

    Menlo Park Station 1300: 813 New Homes Approved

    Menlo Park City Council unanimously approved the Station 1300 by Greenheart Land Company, transforming a blighted eyesore along the El Camino Real Corridor into a mixed-use community with 183 new homes. Learn more about Station 1300 here.

    Menlo Park City Council unanimously approved the Station 1300 by Greenheart Land Company, transforming a blighted eyesore along the El Camino Real Corridor into a mixed-use community with 183 new homes. Learn more about Station 1300 here.

2016

  • November 8, 2016

    Measure Q Passed: Cotati Renews UGB

    Measure Q passed in Cotati’s November 2016 Election. Measure Q maintains and strengthens the General Plan policies that established Cotati’s current Urban Growth Boundary, and continues to require voter approval for changes to the boundary for another 30 years. Learn more about Measure Q here.

    Measure Q passed in Cotati’s November 2016 Election. Measure Q maintains and strengthens the General Plan policies that established Cotati’s current Urban Growth Boundary, and continues to require voter approval for changes to the boundary for another 30 years. Learn more about Measure Q here.

  • November 8, 2016

    Measure K Approved: Community Separators Renewed

    In 2016, we tripled the size and number of Sonoma County community separators to 53,576 acres with an unprecedented 83 percent of the voters countywide approving Measure K. Advocacy Director, Teri Shore, lead the charge on this campaign and explains that “After a while when they saw me coming, they’d just look at me and […]

    In 2016, we tripled the size and number of Sonoma County community separators to 53,576 acres with an unprecedented 83 percent of the voters countywide approving Measure K.

    Advocacy Director, Teri Shore, lead the charge on this campaign and explains that “After a while when they saw me coming, they’d just look at me and say: “community separators.” One day that I’ll never forget is when Planning Commissioner Gregg Carr, the County’s former planning director, told me: “community separators are sacred.” I was thrilled and moved by his comment. It seems he was right when the voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal and expansion of community separators with 83 percent of the vote.” Learn more about Measure K here.

  • November 8, 2016

    Measure H Passed: Gilroy Establishes Urban Growth Boundary

    In 2016, Greenbelt Alliance partnered with community advocates to win Measure H to establish a new Urban Growth Boundary around Gilroy in southern Santa Clara County. Learn more about Measure H here.

    In 2016, Greenbelt Alliance partnered with community advocates to win Measure H to establish a new Urban Growth Boundary around Gilroy in southern Santa Clara County. Learn more about Measure H here.

  • November 8, 2016

    Measure J Approved: Milpitas Hillsides Protected with Urban Growth Boundary

    Measure J in Milpitas was approved in the November 2016 Election, renewing voter-approved protections that shield the city’s hillsides from inappropriate development and subdivision for another 20 years. Learn more about Measure J here.

    Measure J in Milpitas was approved in the November 2016 Election, renewing voter-approved protections that shield the city’s hillsides from inappropriate development and subdivision for another 20 years. Learn more about Measure J here.

  • October 20, 2016

    Emeryville Sherwin Williams Project: 500 New Homes Approved

    The Sherwin Williams project by Lennar Multifamily Communities was approved, transforming a former brownfield site into a walkable, vibrant community with 500 new homes on one of the largest infill sites in Emeryville. Learn more about the Sherwin Williams project here.

    The Sherwin Williams project by Lennar Multifamily Communities was approved, transforming a former brownfield site into a walkable, vibrant community with 500 new homes on one of the largest infill sites in Emeryville. Learn more about the Sherwin Williams project here.

  • June 7, 2016

    Sebastopol UGB Renewed by Signature Gathering & Adoption by City Council

    The Sebastopol City Council unanimously adopted the citizen’s initiative to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for 25 years, maintaining existing boundaries, and adding strengthened policies. Learn more about Sebastopol UGB renewal here.

    The Sebastopol City Council unanimously adopted the citizen’s initiative to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for 25 years, maintaining existing boundaries, and adding strengthened policies. Learn more about Sebastopol UGB renewal here.

  • March 11, 2016

    Morgan Hill Farmland Protection of 236 Acres

    Greenbelt Alliance and the community of Morgan Hill achieved a huge win for agriculture to protect 236 acres of farmland when the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) struck down the City of Morgan Hill’s proposal to expand its boundaries and annex an area known as the Southeast Quadrant. Learn more about this […]

    Greenbelt Alliance and the community of Morgan Hill achieved a huge win for agriculture to protect 236 acres of farmland when the Santa Clara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) struck down the City of Morgan Hill’s proposal to expand its boundaries and annex an area known as the Southeast Quadrant. Learn more about this win in Morgan Hill here.

  • March 2, 2016

    Evelyn Family Apartments in Mountain View: 116 New Homes Approved

    ROEM Development’s Evelyn Family Apartments were approved, bringing 116 new affordable homes to Mountain View. Learn more about the Evelyn Family Apartments here.

    ROEM Development’s Evelyn Family Apartments were approved, bringing 116 new affordable homes to Mountain View. Learn more about the Evelyn Family Apartments here.

  • January 25, 2016

    Sunnyvale’s Edwina Benner Plaza: 66 New Homes Approved

    The City of Sunnyvale approved the Edwina Benner Plaza Apartments by the non-profit affordable housing developer MidPen Housing Corporation. Just months later, construction began on the affordable housing project named after the first female mayor in California, Edwina Benner, who served as mayor of Sunnyvale from 1924 to 1926 and again from 1937 to 1938. […]

    Edwina Benner Plaza grand opening 2019 Greenbelt Alliance

    The City of Sunnyvale approved the Edwina Benner Plaza Apartments by the non-profit affordable housing developer MidPen Housing Corporation. Just months later, construction began on the affordable housing project named after the first female mayor in California, Edwina Benner, who served as mayor of Sunnyvale from 1924 to 1926 and again from 1937 to 1938. Greenbelt Alliance was delighted to attend the Grand Opening of Edwina Benner Plaza, along with non-profit affordable housing developer MidPen Housing Corporation and their partners. The Edwina Benner Plaza Apartments will provide 66 new homes for low-income residents, along with community rooms, play areas, and after-school facilities, on an underutilized 1.32-acre lot. These new homes will be especially helpful in addressing the region’s housing affordability crisis. Learn more about the Edwina Benner Plaza here.

2015

  • December 30, 2015

    Brunswick Street Senior Apartments in Daly City: 206 New Homes Approved

    The Brunswick Street Senior Apartments were approved, transforming a vacant lot into 206 new affordable homes for low-income seniors. Learn more about the Burnswick Street Senior Apartments here.

    The Brunswick Street Senior Apartments were approved, transforming a vacant lot into 206 new affordable homes for low-income seniors. Learn more about the Burnswick Street Senior Apartments here.

  • December 10, 2015

    The Nexus Near UC Berkeley: 70 New Homes Approved

    The Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board approved the Nexus, a mixed-use development on Telegraph Avenue, just five blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. Proposed by Bay Area-based infill developer Panoramic Interests, the Nexus will provide 70 suites for students and families. Learn more about the Nexus here.

    The Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board approved the Nexus, a mixed-use development on Telegraph Avenue, just five blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. Proposed by Bay Area-based infill developer Panoramic Interests, the Nexus will provide 70 suites for students and families. Learn more about the Nexus here.

  • September 18, 2015

    Big Win for Open Space: Priority Conservation Areas Expanded

    2015 was a big year for open space protection in the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) voted to expand the region’s Priority Conservation Area (PCA) Program significantly. Priority Conservation Areas are exactly what they sound like: natural areas, recreation lands, farms, ranches, and urban open spaces that should be protected from […]

    2015 was a big year for open space protection in the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) voted to expand the region’s Priority Conservation Area (PCA) Program significantly. Priority Conservation Areas are exactly what they sound like: natural areas, recreation lands, farms, ranches, and urban open spaces that should be protected from development. Greenbelt Alliance led the effort to expand the Priority Conservation Area Program. We helped ABAG improve the design of the program to advance the Bay Area’s conservation priorities. We also provided advice and technical guidance to many local governments that shaped their PCA nominations. And most significantly, we pushed hard to increase funding for the PCAs. Learn more about this big win for open space here.

  • September 15, 2015

    Residences at Railway in Campbell: 157 New Homes Approved

    The Residences at Railway in Campbell was approved, providing 157 new homes to the South Bay. Learn more about the Residences at Railway here.

    The Residences at Railway in Campbell was approved, providing 157 new homes to the South Bay. Learn more about the Residences at Railway here.

  • June 16, 2015

    Site A at Alameda Point: 800 New Homes Approved

    The “Site A” development proposal for Alameda Point was approved, bringing 800 new homes to the Bay Area. Learn more about Site A at Alameda Point here.

    The “Site A” development proposal for Alameda Point was approved, bringing 800 new homes to the Bay Area. Learn more about Site A at Alameda Point here.

  • February 17, 2015

    Serenity Senior Apartments in East Palo: 41 New Homes Approved

    Serenity Senior Apartments in East Palo Alto was approved, creating 41 new homes for very low and extremely low-income seniors. Learn more about Serenity Senior Apartments here.

    Serenity Senior Apartments in East Palo Alto was approved, creating 41 new homes for very low and extremely low-income seniors. Learn more about Serenity Senior Apartments here.

  • February 13, 2015

    Station Park Green in San Mateo: 600 New Homes Approved

    After many years of planning and delays, the Station Park Green mixed-use development has been unanimously approved by the San Mateo City Council, creating 600 new homes for the Bay Area. Learn more about Station Park Green here.

    After many years of planning and delays, the Station Park Green mixed-use development has been unanimously approved by the San Mateo City Council, creating 600 new homes for the Bay Area. Learn more about Station Park Green here.

THE GREENBELT ALLIANCE WAY

Each win was the culmination of months or even years of research meetings with elected officials and partners; making thousands of phone calls and knocking on hundreds of doors. It is our constant dedication to educating, advocating, and collaborating across the Bay Area that allows us to effect real, substantial change.

From Surviving to Thriving

While we revel in our legacy of policy wins for lands and communities, our work is far from done. Greenbelt Alliance recently adopted an ambitious new Strategic Plan that will expand and enhance our work for the next decade and beyond to confront the challenges of climate change. The bottom line is that Greenbelt Alliance will continue to defend and renew climate-smart growth boundaries and protect landscapes that are more critical than ever to the health and the wellbeing of the Bay Area. Join us as we transform our work and our world to ensure healthy, thriving, resilient communities made up of lands and people that are safe during climate disasters and recover quickly from wildfire, floods, and drought, where everyone is living with nature in new and powerful ways for generations to come.

Bay Area Resilience Hotspots: Leading with Nature and Investing in People

After years of data-driven and community-informed research, Greenbelt Alliance launched our Bay Area Resilience Hotspots initiative to identify climate risks in the region and key solutions to address them. This initiative is a blueprint for where we must protect communities that stand to lose the most in the face of climate change in ways that co-benefit habitats, open spaces, biodiversity, recreation, and economic and social improvements. It is an agenda for investment in the power of nature by conserving and stewarding more lands through equitable, proactive practices. Doing this delivers on California’s bold conservation and climate goals—protecting the people and places that make our region special.

The Resilience Playbook

The Resilience Playbook is your go-to guide for accelerating equitable adaptation to the climate crisis in the Bay Area. It offers a holistic approach to advancing solutions that address overlapping environmental, economic, and social challenges. The Playbook brings together curated strategies, recommendations, and tools to support local decision-makers and community leaders wherever they are in their journey. Check out the Resilience Playbook here.

The Critical Role of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience

Through original research and an assessment of case studies, Greenbelt Alliance has identified four types of greenbelts that play a role in reducing the loss of lives and homes in extreme wildfire events while increasing overall resilience in communities and across landscapes. Learn more about this breakthrough research here.

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment process, a.k.a RHNA holds the key to HOW our region is going to grow, and more importantly WHERE. Our Executive Director Amanda Brown-Stevens is on the Housing Methodology Committee (HMC) for this process and has been analyzing recommendations on where the almost half-million new homes we need in the Bay Area should go in the next 8 years, as well as how that growth impacts our lands. Learn more about this process here.

Fighting Sprawl for Climate Resilience

Out of all Bay Area counties, Contra Costa County has the most land at risk of being consumed by sprawl development according to our last At Risk report. There are currently 62,000 total acres at risk, including 20,000 acres that are likely to be developed in the next 10 years. To reduce this risk, Greenbelt Alliance has been vigilant in holding back new development from the precious open space and farmlands from Antioch to Brentwood in Contra Costa County. Learn more about Contra Costa’s at risk lands here.

Urban Growth Boundaries and Community Separators

Voter-approved Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs) and Community Separators form the bedrock of longstanding land-use policies that have made Sonoma County the beautiful and desirable place it is today. Since Greenbelt Alliance first partnered with cities and local partners to pass the original UGBs more than 20 years ago, we have renewed almost every one. Over the past five years, we renewed six of the original 10 UGBs in Sonoma and Marin counties with stronger and bigger approval margins: Sebastopol, Cotati, Novato, Windsor, Rohnert Park (with a whopping 90 percent of the vote) and most recently the city of Sonoma (with 78 percent approval). And these growth boundaries extend beyond the North Bay to all corners of the region and throughout the state. Learn more about urban growth boundaries here.

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