Greenbelt Alliance celebrated a big win this summer 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.
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.
On August 28, the Antioch City Council protected 1,400 acres of of land from development, an important win in the fight against Contra Costa County sprawl.
With the help of tireless volunteers and a broad coalition of organizations in Antioch and around the Bay Area, we were able to gather more than enough signatures to qualify the Let Antioch Voters Decide: The Sand Creek Area Protection Initiative for the November ballot.
An inspiring story by local advocate Evan Gorman on his fight to stop the Sand Creek Focus Area plan of sprawl development in his hometown, Antioch, CA.
Greenbelt Alliance and partners defeated Antioch’s sprawl plan for the Sand Creek Focus Area, a win against sprawl development, but more battles to fight.
Antioch is ready to choose a better future! Right now, the city is in the crosshairs of one of the largest sprawl development proposals in the entire Bay Area—the Sand Creek Focus Area. Thankfully, there is still time to protect some of the most spectacular hills and valleys in East Contra Costa.
Michael’s love for the Antioch hills and parks gave him the passion and dedication to protect this special land early on. In the 1980’s he fought a proposed garbage dump nearby. After a hard-fought battle, his side won. But now proposals to develop 4,000 sprawl housing units are motivating Michael into action once again.
More than 120 people packed the Antioch Community Center to hear from the candidates for Mayor and City Council at the Conservation and Community Forum. Greenbelt Alliance co-hosted the event with Save Mount Diablo, Sierra Club, and the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay. Candidates squared off on big development issues facing the city and where the right place for development should be in the Contra Costa’s second largest city. The… Read More
On Tuesday, the East Bay Regional Park District reached a deal to buy roughly 1,900 acres of open space at the foot of Mt. Diablo in Antioch for $14.24 million. This land had been at risk of becoming a sprawling luxury home community. (Photo: Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)