Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to Bring More Affordable Homes to Sunnyvale

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As a leading advocate for the Sunnyvale Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, we are excited to share that the Sunnyvale City Council unanimously approved the policy, effective November 8. Soon, 15% of all new rental and ownership housing will be affordable (10% for low income, 5% for very low income). The Council also voted to require that the resulting affordable units remain affordable for at least 55 years, and to a more than 25%… Read More

Support Housing for SF Teachers—Vote Yes on Prop E

San Francisco Prop E

San Francisco Unified School District reports that 64% of its teachers spend more than 30% of their income on housing, and almost 15% spend more than half—making them officially rent-burdened. The situation is even worse for other educators like daycare providers, teaching assistants, and kindergarten teachers in the Bay Area who tend to make less than $49,000 a year. We must provide homes our educators can afford so we urge the people… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Broadway Plaza Approved

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed Broadway Plaza

Redwood City Council made the right choice on May 20th by moving forward with Broadway Plaza, a revitalizing project to the city’s Broadway corridor. MidPen Housing and The Sobrato Organization are partnering to transform an auto-oriented shopping center into a people-focused space mixed with new homes, office, retail, childcare and walkable public pathways intersecting across the project’s 11+ acres. The five years of hard work and collaboration put forth by the developers,… Read More

Vote for Affordable Housing by Saying YES to Prop A in SF

San Francisco Prop A

The San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to place Proposition A on the November 2019 ballot to raise $600 million for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing throughout the city. This bond will fund the construction of more than 2,800 affordable homes over the next four years. If passed, it would be the largest such measure in the city’s history. The funds will be invested in the following ways:… Read More

Fremont City Council Approves Homeless Navigation Center

Fremont Homeless Navigation Center

On September 10, Fremont’s City Council voted unanimously to build a Homeless Navigation Center next to City Hall. This is a huge victory for the community of Fremont and also sets an important precedent for other Bay Area cities to follow!  The decision was made after months of deliberation on whether to build a Homeless Navigation Center in Fremont, and if so, where. Two sites were being considered towards the end of… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Belmont’s Firehouse Square Affordable Housing Development

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed Firehouse Square

Greenbelt Alliance is excited to endorse Belmont’s Firehouse Square residential project! This project will make 80% of its units affordable for low- and extremely-low income households. The 81-unit residential development, on the site of a long-vacant and currently unusable firehouse building, meets Greenbelt Alliance’s strict endorsement criteria for sustainable urban development. In addition to its commitment to affordability, which will be supported by public financing from the County of San Mateo, the… Read More

Envisioning El Camino Real

El Camino Real

On September 5, 2019, Greenbelt Alliance, Santa Clara Community Advocates (SCCA), and Livable Sunnyvale engaged more than 40 members of the public in a discussion on the future of El Camino Real in an educational event with presentations from local experts and a Q&A panel. El Camino Real is a 43-mile roadway that extends from San Jose to Daly City. This corridor acts as a central artery for many residential areas and… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Passage at San Mateo

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed the Passage

A proposed neighborhood-scale project in the city of San Mateo plans to take advantage of its close proximity to Hayward Park Caltrain Station. How? By redeveloping a 14.5-acre shopping center into a pedestrian-oriented community with 961 new homes, including 40,000 square feet of retail and a transportation hub to ease congestion impacts. The project builds out the vision of the City’s Rail Corridor Transit-Oriented Development Plan by “balancing” a jobs-rich neighborhood and… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Artisan Crossing Housing Project in Belmont Approved

Artisan Crossing Project

Greenbelt Alliance is excited to report the Artisan Crossing project by Windy Hill Property Ventures in Belmont was approved! Artisan Crossing is one of the first projects to move forward after the adoption of the Belmont Village Specific Plan, which provides a smart growth vision for the community and will hopefully catalyze additional infill development along El Camino Real. The City of Belmont also recently adopted an inclusionary zoning ordinance that requires… 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