The Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas

On July 17, the Bay Area made its strongest regional commitment yet to protecting our natural and agricultural lands. The Association of Bay Area Governments unanimously approved the new and improved Priority Conversation Area Program.

Growing Smarter in Oakland’s Broadway Valdez Neighborhood

Photo: Joe Parks

Last night, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved the Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan, which calls for 1,800 new homes—many of which will be affordable to low- and middle-income residents—along Oakland’s busiest transit corridor.

Diridon Station Area Plan on the Right Track

Last night, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved the Diridon Station Area Plan, which calls for 2,588 new homes near the Caltrain, Amtrak, light rail, and bus hub.

Two huge wins for open space in the Bay Area

We are ecstatic to share with you two monumental wins for open space: Dublin has adopted an urban limit line and Measure AA appears to have passed. These victories show that there is strong support for safeguarding our natural landscapes throughout the Bay Area.

Plan Bay Area Adopted

Nearly six hours after the beginning of the public hearing on Thursday, July 18, the boards of the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Committee voted to adopt Plan Bay Area, an unprecedented regional strategy for creating sustainable communities throughout the Bay Area. This is a huge win for the future of the Bay Area.

WIN: New Farm project withdrawn, new proposal needs scrutiny

After a six-year battle, developers have withdrawn their proposal for rural Tassajara Valley, dubbed “New Farm”—a 187-unit, 771-acre suburban sprawl development. This is a victory for anybody who loves the Bay Area and wants to see its farms, forests, and watersheds protected.

Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan Adopted

Photo: Pat Gaines via flickr

After almost a decade’s worth of hard work by local environmental advocates including Greenbelt Alliance, the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan has finally been adopted. On Tuesday night, January 29, the San Jose City Council approved the plan by a 10-1 vote!

2012 Election results

UPDATE (11/26/12): Alameda County Measure B1 just missed the required two-thirds vote to pass, getting 66.53% of the vote and falling about 700 votes short. Meanwhile, Marin County Measure A, Healdsburg Measure W, and San Francisco Measure C all passed! (Photo Credit: jamelah via Flickr)

Mountain View adopts a flexible, neighborhood-oriented General Plan

Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council voted 6-1 (Means opposed) to adopt the 2030 General Plan!

Concord approves visionary plan for closed military base

photo: Scott Hein via Flickr

Collaboration paid off in Concord — and now that Contra Costa city has a world-class future in the works.