Press Release: Governor Jerry Brown Signs Legislation to Move Forward Solano Countywide Park District

Fairfield, CA — Today, Greenbelt Alliance and our partners are celebrating a big milestone in the creation of a Countywide Park and Open Space District in Solano County. Last Friday, SB365 (Dodd) was signed by Governor Brown, giving the go-ahead for the county Board of Supervisors to pursue creating the district. The Board of Supervisors now have the opportunity to authorize a countywide ballot initiative that will put the question of creating… Read More

Press Release: Greenbelt Alliance Endorses New Mixed Use Project in Historic Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA, CA Greenbelt Alliance has endorsed the proposed DeTurk Winery Village mixed-used project located near the Railroad Square Historic District and future SMART train station in downtown Santa Rosa. If approved and built, it will provide 185 new apartment homes—15 of them for very-low income residents. “The DeTurk Winery Village meets our tough endorsement criteria for good growth in the downtown near transit,” said Teri Shore, Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance… Read More

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

Press Release: At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt

Greenbelt Alliance’s new report, “At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt,” finds that 293,100 acres of the Bay Area’s farms, ranches, and natural areas are at risk of sprawl development within the next 30 years. These lands provide fresh food, clean water, and spectacular scenery to Bay Area residents, as well as protection from floods and climate change. But today, a total of 458 square miles, almost 10 times the size of San Francisco, could be developed within the next generation.

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