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.

Solstice Sonoma Luxury Resort Slated for Burned Zone in Greenbelt

Sonoma Solstice threatens greenbelt lands at the site of the old Buzzard's Gulch.

A new luxury resort and event center called Solstice Sonoma threatens to develop high fire risk greenbelt lands within the community separator.

Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary in Maturity

The City of Sonoma Planning Commissioner writes about how the city’s urban growth boundary both stops sprawl and promotes smart growth.

Santa Rosa Takes Steps to Incentivize Downtown Development for More Housing

The Santa Rosa City Council approved a density bonus for projects in neighborhoods near transit that include affordable housing and community benefits. This is a huge step toward making the city center more livable and climate-smart.

Solstice Sonoma Luxury Project Threatens Greenbelt

Sonoma Solstice threatens greenbelt lands at the site of the old Buzzard's Gulch.

Developers in Marin have proposed building a new luxury resort and event space called Sonoma Solstice on greenbelt land near Buzzard’s Gulch. We need your help to stop this violation of Sonoma County’s community separators!

In a First, Santa Rosa Denies Construction Project Due to High Fire Risk

An artists rendering of the new hotel rejected by the planning commission

On November 29, the City of Santa Rosa denied permission for a new hotel project due in part to the high risk of wildfire in the area.

Plan for Resiliency: Understand the Fire Risk Curve

Research by Alexandra Syphard maps out the fire risk of various development styles to show that sprawl development carries serious dangers. We must avoid the peak of the fire risk curve if we hope to plan for resiliency in rebuilding the North Bay.

Sonoma County Advancing New Housing & Land-Use Policies

Greenbelt Alliance is working to fine-tune several proposed new county initiatives that are likely to increase the density and number of homes, as well as people, in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County—beyond the nine city’s’ urban growth boundaries (UGB). We need you to make your voice heard at the Board of Supervisors meeting on October 23! 

A Vision of Fire-Safe Communities in Sonoma

Building fire-safe communities helps ensure only nature will need to recover after wildfires.

Sonoma County’s Fire Recovery Plan, which will guide rebuilding in the county, could help lead to the growth of more fire-safe communities.

The City of Sonoma: The Next Generation

Sonoma City Hall, where the future of the City of Sonoma General Plan will be decided.

The City of Sonoma is preparing for a General Plan update, but first the City Council must give voters the chance to renew their Urban Growth Boundary.