Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary in Maturity

In this guest blog, originally published in the Sonoma Valley Sun, Larry Barnett, the City of Sonoma Planning Commissioner, writes about how the city’s urban growth boundary both stops sprawl and promotes smart growth.

Santa Clara Community Rallies for Smart Growth on El Camino Real

Bus islands, bike lanes, and other transportation improvements would be a huge boon to the City of Santa Clara community.

Community members and advocacy groups came together to urge the Santa Clara City Council to make smart choices about growth along El Camino Real. This is an ideal opportunity to bring homes people can afford to a bustling transit corridor.

Lines on the Land: The Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line

The Contra Costa County urban limit line helps contain sprawl near Antioch

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.

Santa Rosa Takes Steps to Incentivize Downtown Development for More Housing

The Santa Rosa City Council approved a density bonus for projects in neighborhoods near transit that include affordable housing and community benefits. This is a huge step toward making the city center more livable and climate-smart.

Santa Clara Community Advocates, Planning Professionals Helping Decide El Camino Real Corridor’s Future

A panel of local planning experts meet to discuss the future of El Camino Real, hosted by the Santa Clara Community Advocates

The Santa Clara Community Advocates met with local planning professionals to discuss their vision for the future of the city’s El Camino Real. This community advocacy group is helping shape the future of this important transit corridor.

Why Parks Access is an Equity Issue

Understanding that parks access is an equity issue is essential as we work to bring a Park and Open Space District to Solano County

As we work to bring a Park and Open Space District to Solano County, we’re determined to bring equitable outcomes to the area. This framework will help inform our future work across the region.

10,000 Homes One Step Closer to Reality in Concord

photo: Scott Hein via Flickr

Concord called for input on their Environmental Impact Report investigation into the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a signal of progress for the project. With the development moving forward, we’re one step closer to building 10,000 new homes near the most underused station in the BART system.

In a First, Santa Rosa Denies Construction Project Due to High Fire Risk

An artists rendering of the new hotel rejected by the planning commission

On November 29, the City of Santa Rosa denied permission for a new hotel project due in part to the high risk of wildfire in the area.

Passage of AB2923 Means New Homes Near BART

AB2923 will make it easier to build near BART stations

The passage of AB2923 will help add new, transit-served homes where they’re needed most, the under-utilized lands near Bay Area BART stations.

Plan for Resiliency: Understand the Fire Risk Curve

Research by Alexandra Syphard maps out the fire risk of various development styles to show that sprawl development carries serious dangers. We must avoid the peak of the fire risk curve if we hope to plan for resiliency in rebuilding the North Bay.