Community Defends Wildlife Corridor at Sonoma Developmental Center

Sonoma Developmental Center lands

The site of the Sonoma Developmental Center is one of the most important wildlife corridors in Sonoma Valley and must be protected once the Center closes.

Public Workshops Scheduled to Discuss Fire Recovery Plan

The fire recovery beings in Sonoma County

In order to better rebuild and recover from the October 2017 North Bay fires, the new Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency is holding public workshops to fine tune a new Fire Recovery Plan. This is your chance to speak up for fire-safe communities, greenbelts, healthy forests, affordable homes, and zero energy building! The Fire Recovery Plan features sections on Natural Resources, Housing, Economy, Safety Net, and Community Preparedness and Infrastructure. Greenbelt… Read More

Santa Rosa Aligns Resilient City Measures With Smart Growth Ideals

The Resilient City Measures will ensure homes are built in areas like courthouse square.

The Santa Rosa City Council revised their recently adopted Resilient City measures to focus on areas of the city already prioritized for housing. This will make it easier to build badly-needed homes where they’re needed most; near jobs, services, and public transportation.

Is Sonoma County Airport Area Right for Housing?

The SMART stop near Sonoma County Airport, a benefit for potential housing in the area.

In the aftermath of the North Bay fires, county officials are taking a second look at building housing in the large commercial and industrial area near the Sonoma County Airport. Regional Director Teri Shore recently led a tour of the area to consider whether it makes sense to add homes here.

Greenbelt Alliance Reaches Historic Agreement with Santa Rosa Business Leaders

The current Sonoma County Civic Center at 575 Administration Way.

Greenbelt Alliance recently made a historic pact with business leaders to forward a bold new vision to move the Sonoma County Civic Center to downtown Santa Rosa. The action was timed to coincide with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors’ upcoming review of its facilities redevelopment plan.

Planning Geyserville’s Future

Photo by Teri Shore

North Bay Regional Director Teri Shore was recently tapped by the Geyserville Planning Committee to provide a review of the open space and planning policies that will inform their town’s plan and help manage development pressures facing Geyserville.

Sonoma County Housing Recovery Bond on the Horizon

Greenbelt Alliance recently teamed up with elected leaders and a cross-sector coalition to urge city and county officials to push for a Housing Recovery Bond on Sonoma County’s November 2018 ballot. The goal is to generate $300 million over 26 years that will help fund critically needed affordable rental and for-sale homes countywide and help boost rebuilding and recovery efforts after the North Bay Fires. Greenbelt Alliance Regional Director Teri Shore is… Read More

After the Sonoma County Fires: A Map for Our Housing Conversation

In response to the loss of homes in the fires and demand for more homes for all, Sonoma County has set a goal of adding as many as 30,000 houses and other dwellings to its cities and towns over the next five years. Here’s a Housing Conversation Map to clarify some of the planning terms.

Protecting Sonoma County’s Vital Lands

Greenbelt Alliance is thrilled that the new Ag + Open Space District Vital Lands Initiative prioritizes natural and agricultural lands on the urban edge as among the most critical landscapes to protect forever.

North Bay Fires: Resilience, Recovery, & Rebuilding

Only a few months have passed since fire devastated the North Bay. As the recovery process begins, there are a lot of questions when it comes to rebuilding with a myriad of possible answers. North Bay communities will be shaped for decades by the decisions that will be made in the months and years ahead. Read more.