General Plan 2030 moves to next phase

The City Council, or three fifths of it, with Mayor Abram Wilson and Councilman Scott Perkins absent, met with the Planning Commission one more time to put together the final draft of the 2030 General Plan. The Planning Commission will vote on it at a special meeting June 29 and the Council July 13.

Advocates: Brentwood Sprawl Measure a Litmus Test for SB 375

While municipal planning organizations around California try to develop the metrics and models required to meet the goals of SB 375, a law mandating smarter growth, a local voter initiative in Contra Costa County is being held up as a bellwether of the public’s support for strategic and sustainable development.

“Grow Smart Bay Area” Promotes Development as a Tool for Change

Even as our freeways and bridges in the Bay Area are choked with traffic for hours every day, the population in the region is projected to grow from over 7 million now to over 9 million by 2025.

Tall is Beautiful

ONE OF THE hottest pieces of real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area is a 1,500-acre expanse of concrete, landfill, and asbestos-stuffed warehouses.

Measure F puts developers, environmentalists at odds

A powerful local environmental group says the Bay Area’s population will increase by 1.7 million people in just 15 years. That kind of projected growth is once again pitting developers against environmentalists, and East Bay voters are about to weigh-in on one of those battles.

Greenbelt and SB 375 at League Day

Saturday, January 30, Executive Director Jeremy Madsen will share Greenbelt Alliance’s Grow Smart Bay Area vision at the annual Bay Area League Day hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Affordable housing hangs in the balance

Deia de Brito The Bay Area is the largest contributor of greenhouse gases in California, making up 41 percent of the state’s emissions and three times as much carbon dioxide per capita as the average world resident. A large portion of that pollution is caused by the region’s commuters driving to work from more affordable homes in outlying communities. With insufficient affordable housing, jobs, and transportation options, people often have little choice… Read More

“Growing Smartly” in Alameda

Blogging Bayport Alameda applauds Grow Smart Bay Area: “The report identifies areas are available through infill development or revitalizing areas that are underutilized … and, yes folks, even Alameda is identified as being able to accommodate growth.”

New Land-Use Law’s Message: Build Near Transit

Many California planning and environmental groups are heralding the passage of legislation designed to address global warming by curbing suburban sprawl as a watershed moment, perhaps the state’s most important land-use law in more than 30 years.

Comment letter on Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Coyote Valley Specific Plan (CVSP).

Dear Mr. Boyd: Thank you for allowing us to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Coyote Valley Specific Plan (CVSP). Since 1958, Greenbelt Alliance (GA) has been protecting natural areas and working farms. Over the years, our mission has expanded to recognize the need to accommodate the region’s growing population with better land use planning. Through research and public policy development, our organization seeks to educate communities about… Read More