In the city of Sonoma, it feels like some folks are going back to the future, or simply back to about 1999. Back then, the city of Sonoma was among the nine cities in Sonoma County that were fighting sprawl by voting in the first urban growth boundaries. Greenbelt Alliance partnered with the community to gather signatures and put the measure on the ballot, which passed with a 64% majority. Now the… Read More
There’s no better way to get involved in making your city truly climate-friendly than influencing its General Plan. You’re probably asking yourself, “what is a General Plan?” Before you can jump in and inspire a fresh new approach to city planning, let’s cover the basics. What’s the Plan? Fundamentally, a General Plan must organize information in a way that can guide action, and in the state of California, information must be sorted… Read More
Greenbelt Alliance is excited to endorse the South San Francisco PUC Project. This is a mixed-use development project that will provide 20% of its residential units (161 units) as affordable housing and over 13,000 square feet of community retail, located just a half-mile from the South San Francisco BART station. The project meets Greenbelt Alliance’s strict endorsement criteria for sustainable urban development. At 836 residential units spread across 3 buildings on a… Read More
As Contra Costa County considers a new tax to fund transportation improvements, we must ensure those funds go to projects like improved public transit service, better bike infrastructure, and walkable neighborhoods.
A city’s General Plan is made up of goals, policies, and elements. However, these plans must also contain a land-use map. This is exactly what it sounds like, a map that outlines how land within a city’s borders can be used—open space, industrial, residential, commercial, mixed-use, etc. Getting the land-use map right is probably the best way your city can address climate change through its General Plan. Making smart decisions about where… Read More
While housing policy battles continue in California’s legislature, communities across the East Bay are grappling with housing solutions on the local level. Recent events in Berkeley and Fremont show the unique issues faced by discrete communities.
The Sonoma County General Plan update has been postponed for the past three years due to the fires and floods that have devastated the North Bay. The county is at a crossroads, facing many new and ongoing challenges, and an update to the plan is urgently needed to help plan for this “new normal”
Beginning April 29, 2019, Amanda will guide Greenbelt Alliance and the Bay Area into a new era of growth.
Assembly Member Ash Kalra’s AB 948 would officially recognize Coyote Valley as an area of statewide significance, creating new conservation opportunities. The bill focuses on both the pure value of the environment and its benefits to San Jose as green infrastructure.
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.