Will Highway 12 Traffic James Get Worse? How Green Will Our Valley Be?

  • Tom Amato

Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area stand at a crossroads. For decades the nine-county region has been a leader in protecting greenbelts and open space. More than 50 cities have enacted voter-approved urban growth boundaries to contain sprawl.

With the pressing need for affordable housing, will these longstanding land use policies stand up to development pressure?

Will Santa Rosa build up downtown near transit or sprawl into the countryside? Will expansion of wineries and other businesses along Highway 12 make traffic insane? The Oakmont Democratic Club will feature a presentation on these issues by Teri Shore of the Greenbelt Alliance. She will also discuss our options from a policy perspective and examine the fire recovery and rebuilding decisions that are transforming our County. The ODC March 21st meeting will be in the West Rec Center starting at 7:15 PM with registration at 7 PM. All are welcome!

Teri Shore is the Regional Director of the Greenbelt Alliance North Bay. She leads advocacy efforts to protect open space and encourage good growth in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties. In this role, Shore championed winning campaigns to triple the size of greenbelt buffers known as community separators in Sonoma County and renew Urban Growth Boundaries in Novato, Windsor, Cotati, and Sebastopol. Teri has lived in Sonoma Valley for 30 years and grew up in Marin and San Francisco.

Before joining Greenbelt Alliance, Teri directed marine conservation campaigns to protect endangered marine species, sustainable fisheries, and oceans at the state, national, and international level. As program director at Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) based in West Marin, she helped create safe havens and protections for endangered sea turtles and marine mammals along the California coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Teri also engaged in the international campaign to stop a major fossil fuel project from being built in pristine marine and sea turtle nesting habitat in Western Australia.

Previously, Shore directed oceans campaigns at Friends of the Earth (previously the Bluewater Network) focused on greening the world’s ports and shipping fleets, where she achieved stringent new passenger ferry-emissions standards and pollution laws for cruise ships and ocean-going vessels.

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