$7 Million Settlement for Farmland in East Bay

San Francisco—Greenbelt Alliance and The San Francisco Foundation announced today the resolution of a settlement in the Contra Costa Superior Court that holds up the requirement to compensate the surrounding environment when developing on prime farmland.

Oakley, Greenbelt Alliance settle lawsuit over farmland

Paul Burgarino The city will set aside millions of dollars in compensation for farmland where thousands of homes are one day expected, according to a lawsuit settlement with the Greenbelt Alliance announced Monday. Oakley will set up a fund to preserve farmland to offset the loss of 828 acres along the East Cypress corridor in the city’s northeast, where more than 3,600 homes are planned. The fund will total $6.8 million and… Read More

$7 Million settlement for farmland in East Bay

Greenbelt Alliance and The San Francisco Foundation announced today the resolution of a Oakley lawsuit in the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Sustaining Our Agricultural Bounty

Harley Farms goat

This report with Sustainable Agriculture Education and American Farmland Trust finds an agricultural industry struggling in the global marketplace, but thriving through local markets and agritourism.

Report finds Bay Area farmland faces challenges, opportunities to thrive

From 1984 to 2008, the Bay Area lost over 200,000 acres of agricultural land to development including 12% of its total cropland and 18% of its prime cropland.

Editorial: Don’t pave California’s pastures

Gov. Jerry Brown shows no fear in offering a combo-plate solution to fix California’s disastrous finances. He has put billions in cuts and new taxes on the table and even suggested taking away cell phones from thousands of state workers. There’s one proposal he should leave off the list of cuts: a subsidy to conserve farmlands.

With the loss of Measure W, San Ramon has to re-examine city planning

Sophia Kazmi SAN RAMON — A landslide defeat at the ballot box will require San Ramon to take another look at its plans for the future. Voters overwhelmingly rejected Measure W — which asked for approval of an update to the city’s general plan. The measure became controversial when city officials added to the plan an extension of the city’s urban growth boundary east about 1,600 acres into the pastoral Tassajara Valley… Read More

San Ramon sends growth boundary expansion to voters

The San Ramon City Council voted 5-0 in July to place an item on the Nov. 2010 ballot that expands the city’s urban growth boundary to include part the Tassajara Valley.

Legal review finds “New Farm” proposal illegal

A legal review released July 1 shows that the proposed 185-unit “New Farm” project in the Tassajara Valley would, if approved, violate numerous local laws and policies.

Setting Boundaries on the ballot

This November Santa Rosa and Cloverdale can set some good boundaries. City councils in both Sonoma communities voted this week to put urban growth boundary measures on the November ballot.