City of Sonoma—Back to the Future—1999?

Sonoma City Hall

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

What’s a General Plan & How Can it Impact Our Climate?

Greenbelt Alliance General Plan

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 Endorsed: New Mixed-Use Development On South San Francisco PUC Site

Greenbelt Alliance SSF PUC Project

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

Supporting People-Focused Transportation in Contra Costa County

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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.

Land-use Map: A Tool to Fight Climate Change

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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

East Bay Communities Seek Local Housing Solutions

AB2923 makes it easier to pursue local housing solutions like building homes near BART stations like North Berkeley.

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.

Delayed General Plan Update Leaves Sonoma County at a Crossroads

Sonoma County's General Plan can guide them through crossroads like this

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”

Greenbelt Alliance Names Amanda Brown-Stevens CEO

Beginning April 29, 2019, Amanda will guide Greenbelt Alliance and the Bay Area into a new era of growth.

AB 948 Gives Coyote Valley Statewide Significance

AB 948 brings statewide attention to the issue of protecting Coyote Valley

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.

East Bay: Winning Protections for Agriculture & Open Space

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.