Voters Protect Natural Lands & Choose Smart Growth For A More Resilient Bay Area

Greenbelt Alliance Election Wrap Up 2019

On November 5, 2019, people across the Bay Area made their priorities clear—climate-smart growth that preserves open space lands is the future we choose. The residents of Rohnert Park and Brentwood stood against destructive sprawl development by protecting their urban growth boundaries. And in San Francisco, investing in homes that our teachers and neighbors can afford resounded with over two-thirds of the city voting for critical funding propositions.  The North Bay has… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Gala Gathers Local Leaders & Philanthropists Fighting Climate Change

Jake Mackenzie and Amanda Brown-Stevens

SAN FRANCISCO —On Thursday, October 24, 2019, 225 guests from around the Bay Area gathered for Savor the Greenbelt, the annual fundraising gala of Greenbelt Alliance. The organization’s supporters celebrated Greenbelt Alliance at the world-renowned Fairmont San Francisco. Bay Area philanthropists, elected officials, and thought leaders were in attendance to honor and support Greenbelt Alliance’s work to preserve open space, safeguard the region’s farms and ranches, and advance smart growth solutions across… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: San Mateo’s Peninsula Heights Development

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsement Program Peninsula Heights

Greenbelt Alliance is excited to endorse the Peninsula Heights Development transforming four commercial buildings and their surface parking lots into a residential development providing 291 townhouses in San Mateo.  This project, managed by Harvest Properties Inc, will dedicate 10% of the units for low-income residents and include 2.2 acres of open space across a series of pocket parks, including a dog park, playground, and community garden. Approximately 1.4 miles of new paths… Read More

Championing the Bay Area with True Highlander Spirit

Jake and Barbara Mackenzie Sonoma County

Jake Mackenzie knows a thing or two about standing strong. Whether herding sheep as a boy on his Scottish family croft, or responding to a tough crowd at a regional planning hearing, Jake is a man who doesn’t stand down. True to his convictions and a natural leader, Jake is known in the North Bay and beyond as a steward of smart city planning and a voice many seek when it comes… Read More

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to Bring More Affordable Homes to Sunnyvale

Celebrating

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

SF Supports Housing for Teachers by Voting Yes on Prop E

San Francisco Prop E

UPDATE: All ballots have been counted and we are thrilled that San Francisco’s Proposition E passed with a majority vote, providing critical funding to house the city’s educators. 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… 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

San Francisco Votes for Affordable Housing by Saying YES to Prop A

San Francisco Prop A

UPDATE: We are excited that Prop. A passed with a majority vote approving the critical funding that will go towards homes people can afford in the city! This is the solution we were seeking in the face of an extreme housing crisis. 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… 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