Championing the Bay Area with True Highlander Spirit

Jake and Barbara Mackenzie Sonoma County

Jake Mackenzie knows a thing or two about standing strong. Whether herding sheep as a boy on his Scottish family croft, or responding to a tough crowd at a regional planning hearing, Jake is a man who doesn’t stand down. True to his convictions and a natural leader, Jake is known in the North Bay and beyond as a steward of smart city planning and a voice many seek when it comes… Read More

Rohnert Park Votes YES on Measure B to the UGB

Rohnert Park

Update: On November 5, the people of Rohnert Park chose to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary with over 90% voting yes on Measure B. This is a huge win for open space in the North Bay, setting a precedent for other Bay Area cities to grow in a climate-smart way—within city boundaries and not on precious open space lands.  Greenbelt Alliance partnered with Rohnert Park’s City Council and staff to develop… Read More

City of Sonoma—Back to the Future—1999?

Sonoma City Hall

In the city of Sonoma, it feels like some folks are going back to the future, or simply back to about 1999. Back then, the city of Sonoma was among the nine cities in Sonoma County that were fighting sprawl by voting in the first urban growth boundaries. Greenbelt Alliance partnered with the community to gather signatures and put the measure on the ballot, which passed with a 64% majority. Now the… Read More

Renewing Rohnert Park’s UGB with Measure B

Rohnert Park

Special Election November 5, 2019 The city of Rohnert Park is on its way to renewing its voter-approved urban growth boundary for another 20 years in a special election on Nov. 5, 2019. Get the specifics of the measure here. Greenbelt Alliance partnered with the City Council and staff to develop the UGB renewal Measure B to protect open space and prevent sprawl in this growing city that lies within the heart… Read More

Land Conservation & Smart Growth Work Together in Sonoma County

conservation and smart growth work together

Written by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space Land conservation and compact, city-centered growth work together to protect Sonoma County’s working and natural lands from urban sprawl while continuing to maintain the many benefits of these lands such as local food, scenic views, greenbelts and community separators, parks and trails, clean abundant drinking water, and habitat for wildlife. Sonoma County cities and communities maintain their small-town character because of the open spaces… Read More

At Risk Greenbelt Land is the Heart of Sonoma Valley

The recent closure of the Sonoma Developmental Center has created an opportunity for the whole Bay Area to plan the future of these vital greenbelt lands. Community support is needed as the planning process begins.

Renew the City of Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary

Sonoma City Hall

Help us tell Sonoma City Council that they must give voters the chance to renew the urban growth boundary that has protected open space and farmland around the city for 20 years!

Delayed General Plan Update Leaves Sonoma County at a Crossroads

Sonoma County's General Plan can guide them through crossroads like this

The Sonoma County General Plan update has been postponed for the past three years due to the fires and floods that have devastated the North Bay. The county is at a crossroads, facing many new and ongoing challenges, and an update to the plan is urgently needed to help plan for this “new normal”

North Bay: Rebuilding for Resilience

Through 2018, North Bay residents and leaders focused on rebuilding and getting people and communities back on their feet. For Greenbelt Alliance, it was also a year of forging new partnerships to make cities and towns more sustainable and our landscapes more resilient in the wake of the fires.

Where the World Begins: See and Feel Sonoma Mountain

A view of Bennet Valley from Sonoma Mountain

North Bay Regional Director Teri Shore reviews a new book that lets you see the beauty of Sonoma Mountain through the eyes of its most passionate advocates.