Championing the Bay Area with True Highlander Spirit

Jake and Barbara Mackenzie Sonoma County

Jake is known in the North Bay and beyond as a steward of smart city planning and a voice many seek when it comes to local and regional government. And we could not be prouder to honor him with this year’s Greenbelt Alliance Champion Award.

Brentwood Says No to Sprawl by Voting No on Measure L

U-Pick orchards are emblematic of Brentwood's agricultural history

Brentwood residents stood up against sprawl development by voting no on Measure L. This is a win for the East Bay’s natural and agricultural lands as well as for climate-smart cities. Measure L would have broken the city’s voter-approved Urban Limit Line that provides a clear boundary for major development.

Farms & Ranches Forever Fest 2019

Donors and friends of Greenbelt Alliance experienced the Bay Area’s agriculture in downtown San Francisco on Thursday, May 16. Our annual happy hour featured local farms and ranches and their products, including wines and tastings from our lead sponsor McEvoy Ranch. Together we raised over $50,000 to protect and support local agriculture.

Greenbelt Alliance Names Amanda Brown-Stevens CEO

Beginning April 29, 2019, Amanda will guide Greenbelt Alliance and the Bay Area into a new era of growth.

East Bay: Winning Protections for Agriculture & Open Space

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.

Brentwood Farmland Threatened by Sprawl

Brentwood farmland and orchards are being threatened by sprawl.

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.

South Bay: Three Monumental Ballot Measure Wins for Open Space

The fight to sink Measure B and pass Measure C, two competing measures in San Jose, was a battle of dollars versus democracy—and democracy won. These victories, along with the passage of Measure T in fall 2018, have us on the verge of permanent protection for Coyote Valley.

County Denies Morgan Hill Sprawl, Sparing Local Farms

Morgan Hill's Southeast Quadrant

The Santa Clara County LAFCO denied the City of Morgan Hill’s Sprawl proposal which would have destroyed agricultural land in the City’s Southeast Quadrant.

White Paper: Coyote Valley & Groundwater Protection

Our new white paper, Coyote Valley & Groundwater Protection, shows how important it is for these lands to remain undeveloped.

Coyote Valley plays a crucial role in recharging the San Jose’s groundwater resources. It’s incredibly important to protect this piece of essential green infrastructure from potential contamination.

The Science of Groundwater Contamination Shows Why San Jose Residents Should Vote Yes on Measure T

Our new white paper, Coyote Valley & Groundwater Protection, shows how important it is for these lands to remain undeveloped.

Passing Measure T to protect green infrastructure like Coyote Valley will help keep Silicon Valley’s water supply safe from contamination. Coyote Valley, as undeveloped land, is the largest easily-protected area of Santa Clara County’s groundwater system.