Voters Protect Natural Lands & Choose Smart Growth For A More Resilient Bay Area

Greenbelt Alliance Election Wrap Up 2019

On November 5, 2019, people across the Bay Area made their priorities clear—climate-smart growth that preserves open space lands is the future we choose. The residents of Rohnert Park and Brentwood stood against destructive sprawl development by protecting their urban growth boundaries. And in San Francisco, investing in homes that our teachers and neighbors can afford resounded with over two-thirds of the city voting for critical funding propositions.  The North Bay has… 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

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!

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.

Lines on the Land: The Contra Costa County Urban Limit Line

The Contra Costa County urban limit line helps contain sprawl near Antioch

The Contra Costa County urban limit line is one of the most powerful tools advocates have to protect greenbelt lands near East County cities such as Antioch and Brentwood.

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.

Novato Crowd Stands Up for Open Space

The city of Novato’s movers and shakers showed up in force for the Meet Up and Party to support Yes on Measure D to protect open space and prevent sprawl! We sipped Trek Wine, munched on homemade goodies, and stepped up to the microphone.