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.
Greenbelt Alliance’s signature At Risk report delves into the Bay Area’s natural and agricultural lands that are at the most risk of development in 2017. In an effort to bring these lands to the public view, we have real life stories told by the dedicated local residents who fight to keep them free from urban sprawl.
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.
Greenbelt Alliance’s Leadership Circle gathered for a post-election conversation with John King of the San Francisco Chronicle to discuss the 27 local ballot measures Greenbelt Alliance took positions on in the 2016 Bay Area elections.
Farms and open space won important protections when the Contra Costa County’s LAFCo adopted an Agricultural and Open Space Preservation Policy.
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
UPDATE: This measure didn’t pass. Measure X establishes a new ½ cent sales tax to fund various transportation investments across Contra Costa County and enacts new countywide land-use policies. The measure augments an existing ½ cent sales tax—Measure J from 2004. The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) prepared the measure and placed it on the November 2016 ballot. If approved, it would raise $2.8 billion over 30 years. Greenbelt Alliance has taken… Read More
Spring isn’t even here yet and farmers markets throughout Contra Costa County are already bursting with delicious fresh food. As we enjoy that bounty, we shouldn’t take it for granted. Local food depends on local farms, and local farms need your help. Important decisions are coming up that will affect thousands of acres of Contra Costa’s farms and ranchland.