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.
A developer wants to build a new sprawling subdivision on 800 acres of prime Brentwood farmland. This proposal violates the town’s urban limit line and threatens to destroy the community’s cherished agricultural heritage.
The Contra Costa County urban limit line is one of the most powerful tools advocates have to protect greenbelt lands near East County cities such as Antioch and Brentwood.
Developers have filed multiple lawsuits challenging the Antioch City Council’s adoption of a ballot measure that protects the Sand Creek Focus Area. But 1,200 acres of rolling hills and riparian habitat were preserved by the win, and remain safe as the legal cases proceed.
On August 28, the Antioch City Council protected 1,400 acres of of land from development, an important win in the fight against Contra Costa County sprawl.
With the help of tireless volunteers and a broad coalition of organizations in Antioch and around the Bay Area, we were able to gather more than enough signatures to qualify the Let Antioch Voters Decide: The Sand Creek Area Protection Initiative for the November ballot.
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.
After two years of studies, workshops, and deliberation, the Walnut Creek City Council voted on August 1, 2017, to increase the Housing Impact Fee. By increasing these local resources, Walnut Creek will help create even more new affordable homes, supporting inclusive communities near transit and the thriving downtown area.
The Richmond City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Richmond Hills Initiative—protecting 430 acres of hillside land in El Sobrante Valley from development.