The Transportation Choices Forum and Urban Ecology recently released a report entitled North Livermore: Last Chance for Smart Growth. This report lays out detailed “Smart Growth” alternatives to a major Bay Area suburban development for the first time.
The planned 12,500-home North Livermore project, expected to house 32,000 people, would be one of the Bay Area’s largest new suburban development projects. It threatens to snarl traffic on I-580, worsen air quality, and cover 7.4 square miles of scenic ranchlands with low-density subdivisions, estate homes, and ranchettes.
The Transportation Choices Forum and UE argue that alternative Smart Growth designs can sharply reduce environmental impacts while providing more livable, walkable communities.
North Livermore: Last Chance for Smart Growth was released at a public hearing of the Alameda County Planning Commission on June 26. Votes on whether to approve the current proposal for the site will be taken by the City of Livermore Planning Commission on July 25 and the Alameda County Planning Commission on August 7.
The report is available at www.transcoalition.org/forum.