San Jose envisions a better future

Despite struggling with budget deficits and a disappearing redevelopment agency, San Jose’s leaders are taking the long view; on Nov. 1, they approved an ambitious and bold General Plan.

$7 Million settlement for farmland in East Bay

Greenbelt Alliance and The San Francisco Foundation announced today the resolution of a Oakley lawsuit in the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Bay Area backs sprawl-stopping lines, funds for great neighborhoods

San Francisco—Around the Bay Area, residents voted decisively for a protected greenbelt and great neighborhoods. Voters backed urban growth boundaries that control sprawl and funding for safer city streets and more transportation choices.

With the loss of Measure W, San Ramon has to re-examine city planning

Sophia Kazmi SAN RAMON — A landslide defeat at the ballot box will require San Ramon to take another look at its plans for the future. Voters overwhelmingly rejected Measure W — which asked for approval of an update to the city’s general plan. The measure became controversial when city officials added to the plan an extension of the city’s urban growth boundary east about 1,600 acres into the pastoral Tassajara Valley… Read More

MTC recommends greenhouse gas reductions of 15% by 2035

On July 28, the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted to recommend greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 15% per capita below 2005 levels — exactly the level that Greenbelt Alliance and our allies suggested.

Brentwood votes down Measure F!

Victory! On June 8, Brentwood voters soundly rejected Measure F, the urban limit line expansion that would have sacrificed 740 acres of valuable agricultural lands to sprawl. With 100% of precincts reporting, Brentwood voted down Measure F 57-43%.

Victory for farmland

Great News!
In a precedent-setting decision announced yesterday, Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin ruled against the City of Oakley, denying its request to move forward with its plans to build a housing development on Delta floodplain and farmland.

Greenbelt Alliance Wins Lawsuit over Oakley’s Failure to Protect Farmland

San Francisco—In a precedent-setting decision announced yesterday, Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin ruled against the City of Oakley, denying its request to move forward with its plans to build a housing development on Delta floodplain and farmland. Greenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area’s advocate for vibrant places and open spaces, had sued Oakley to force consideration of the environmental impact of sprawling onto more than 1,600 acres of important agricultural land. “Inexplicably, the… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Unveils Grow Smart Bay Area

New initiative challenges Bay Area leaders to reach more vibrant, sustainable future Greenbelt Alliance, a regional leader in growth and development issues, unveiled its Grow Smart Bay Area initiative today in San Francisco. The initiative lays out a vision, backed by intensive research, for how Bay Area cities and towns can accommodate a growing population with compact development in existing neighborhoods, to create more vibrant, sustainable communities. By 2035, nearly two million… Read More