Judge stops subdivision near delta levees

A Contra Costa County judge has blocked a planned 4,500-home development on Oakley farmland next to aging levees on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Victory for farmland

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In a precedent-setting decision announced yesterday, Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin ruled against the City of Oakley, denying its request to move forward with its plans to build a housing development on Delta floodplain and farmland.

Greenbelt Alliance Wins Lawsuit over Oakley’s Failure to Protect Farmland

San Francisco—In a precedent-setting decision announced yesterday, Superior Court Judge Barry Baskin ruled against the City of Oakley, denying its request to move forward with its plans to build a housing development on Delta floodplain and farmland. Greenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area’s advocate for vibrant places and open spaces, had sued Oakley to force consideration of the environmental impact of sprawling onto more than 1,600 acres of important agricultural land. “Inexplicably, the… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance wins suit against Oakley

A Contra Costa Superior Court judge ruled Friday against Oakley in a case brought by the Greenbelt Alliance to protect farmland in the city’s East Cypress Corridor, according to a news release from the Greenbelt Alliance.

Greenbelt Alliance Sues Oakley to Protect Farmland

July 24, 2009 CONTACT: Carey Knecht, Policy Dir., cknecht@greenbelt.org, (415) 543-6771 x303 Amanda Brown-Stevens, Dir. of Programs, abrownstevens@greenbelt.org, (415) 543-6771 x312 Greenbelt Alliance Sues Oakley to Protect Farmland Plan to Build 5,000 Houses on Delta Floodplain Poses Risks to Residents and Agricultural Land San Francisco—Greenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area nonprofit, announced today that it will press ahead with a lawsuit against the City of Oakley to protect agricultural land on a Delta island where… Read More

Grow Smart Bay Area

Nimish Gogri via Flickr

By changing how the Bay Area grows, we can make our region more climate-friendly, affordable, and economically competitive—and protect the greenbelt.

We Need to Invest in Open Space

HERE IN MARIN, we know the value of our natural environment. Many of us were drawn to this place by Mount Tamalpais, the ancient redwood groves, the rugged coast, the miles of trails.

Editorial: “Golden Lands” report should shape policies on open space

It’s ironic that in all of today’s talk about going green — in cars, homes and industry — the smartest green strategy of all tends to get sidelined: preserving open land.

Golden Lands, Golden Opportunity

marc crumpler via flickr

Golden Lands, Golden Opportunity identifies Bay Area lands that provide vital public benefits—but are still unprotected.

Concord leaders approve plan for former military base

Concord leaders on Monday night unanimously approved a plan for the mothballed Concord Naval Weapons Station that includes intense development near BART, “greenways” that would connect people to a sprawling college campus and three small residential villages framed by manicured parks.