Novato to Vote on Greenbelt Protections

After hearing from residents who love Mt. Burdell and the open space around their city, on March 7 the Novato City Council voted 5 – 0 to renew its Urban Growth Boundary with a vote of the people in November 2017.

Antioch Community Comes Together to Fight Sprawl

Antioch is ready to choose a better future! Right now, the city is in the crosshairs of one of the largest sprawl development proposals in the entire Bay Area—the Sand Creek Focus Area. Thankfully, there is still time to protect some of the most spectacular hills and valleys in East Contra Costa.

Fighting for Sustainable & Inclusive Communities

It is the kind of work we do at Greenbelt Alliance that will show our nation and the world that—despite the rhetoric out of Washington—the communities we live, work, and play in can be environmentally sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive.

In the Face of Urban NIMBYism, Sprawl Threatens 293,100 Acres of Bay Area Green Space

By Roland Li Sprawl could replace up to 293,100 acres of Bay Area green space over the next 30 years, according to a new report from the Greenbelt Alliance, a local land conservation and planning nonprofit. The amount of land likely to be developed was slightly lower than in the group’s previous report in 2012. Jeremy Madsen, CEO of the Greenbelt Alliance, credits this reduction to a shift towards more support for infill… Read More

‘Greenbelt’ Report Urges Marin to Protect Open Space

By Mark Prado for the Marin Independent Journal Marin is growing more green and has the highest percentage of land protected from development in the Bay Area, but still faces pressure to build housing, according to a new report by Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco-based open space advocacy group. Marin County has 58 percent of its 333,000 acres protected from development. That is a 2 percent increase since the Greenbelt Alliance’s last… Read More

New Report Shows Huge Gains in Bay Area Open Space, but Nearly 300,000 Acres Still At Risk

By Paul Rogers Nearly 300,000 acres across the Bay Area — an area 10 times the size of San Francisco — remain at risk of sprawl development, according to a new report released Tuesday, despite the region’s momentous gains over the past 30 years of preserving parks and open space. Contra Costa, Sonoma and Santa Clara counties have the most land potentially facing bulldozers, said the Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco-based environmental… Read More

Report: Development Puts Solano County Greenbelt ‘At Risk’

By Todd R. Hansen FAIRFIELD — Nearly 10 percent of Solano County’s open lands are at risk of being developed over the next 30 years, a report by a Bay Area land conservation and urban planning group states. The 2017 report by the Greenbelt Alliance, “At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt,” states that 293,100 acres in the Bay Area is at risk of being developed for residential, commercial and industrial uses. That total is down from 322,800 acres in… Read More

New Report Outlines What’s at Risk if We Lose Bay Area’s Greenbelt

Hosted by Michael Krasny The rich agricultural lands that surround Bay Area cities make up the Bay Area greenbelt, a landscape that owes its existence to decades of conservation efforts. A report released Tuesday by the Greenbelt Alliance, a group dedicated to the protection of these lands, finds that an area almost 10 times the size of San Francisco could be developed in a generation. As Bay Area housing demand continues to… Read More

Sonoma County Sees Gains in Open Space Protection, but Threats Remain, Report Finds

By J.D. Morris Over the past five years, Sonoma County has nearly cut in half the amount of open space that could be paved over by future development, according to a new report from a national environmental group. A combination of voter-approved growth boundaries, greenbelts separating cities and taxpayer-funded land conservation means Sonoma County fares much better than other Bay Area counties in protecting its open space, the San Francisco-based Greenbelt Alliance… Read More

Bay Area Open Space Under Threat by Sprawl, Study Warns

By Peter Fimrite The combination of a sizzling economy and a shortage of housing has left hundreds of thousands of acres of Bay Area open space — from ranches in Antioch to scenic landscapes in San Mateo — in danger of being developed, according to a report being released Tuesday by a land conservation group. The study, called At Risk, found that 293,100 acres of farmland and natural areas could be paved… Read More