Day 1 - Monday, May 10th
On Day 1 the 20 person consultant team began translating the information collected over the past few months into transportation, economic development, historic preservation, landscape, open space, and new development policies. These consist of general policies that apply to the entire plan area as well as specific policies that are tailored to each portion of the plan area: Jane Addams, Southwest Fresno, Southeast Fresno, Lowell, Jefferson, and Downtown.
During the lunchtime presentation, the consultant team presented the basics of Form Based Coding to over 75 members of the community.
Day 2 - Tuesday, May 11th
On Day 2, the team developed landscape and transportation recommendations and continued to refine the neighborhood by neighborhood policies. During the lunchtime presentation the Transportation team presented the basics of creating streets that accommodate a variety of users including cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians; methods of reducing distances traveled by car, and ways of increasing retail activity by slowing vehicular traffic down.
During the evening public presentation, the team presented preliminary landscape and transportation interventions for the plan area. The landscape recommendations included ways of expanding access to open space by opening up school yards on the weekends, restructuring water basins to become open spaces, and introducing new parks within the Plan area. The recommendations also included a street planting strategy intended to differentiate neighborhoods, districts, and corridors by introducing different and unique street tree species within each.
Transportation interventions and recommendations included road-diets, one-way to two-way conversions, and primary and secondary transit corridor designations. Road diets were recommended on Belmont Avenue, Divisadero Street, Blackstone Avenue, Abby Street, Fresno Street, Stanislaus Street, Toulumne Street, M Street, B Street, and Ventura Avenue at Lincoln Elementary School. One-way to two-way conversions were recommended on Van Ness Avenue, Fulton Street, P Street, M Street, Whitesbridge Avenue, and Amador Street. The team recommended that Fresno Street, Blackstone Street, Van Ness Avenue, Ventura Avenue, Hazelwood Boulevard, and B Street be designated primary corridors and that Tulare Avenue, Kearney Boulevard, G Street, Trinity Street, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard be designated secondary corridors. Diagrams illustrating these interventions can be downloaded below (May 11th Transportation and Landscape Recommendations)
Day 3 - Wednesday, May 12th
The evening proceedings consisted of an introduction to the preliminary policy recommendations for the plan area's districts and neighborhoods (Jane Addams, Southwest Fresno, Southeast Fresno, Lowell, Jefferson, Downtown, and the South Van Ness Industrial District), breakout discussions for each of the plan area's districts and neighborhoods, and an overview of the current economic conditions of Fresno and the plan area. The presentations are available below. During the breakout sessions over 75 members of the public were given the opportunity to comment on the design teams policy recommendations, as well as to add new ones.
Day 4 - Thursday, May 13th
On day 4 the team incorporated the input gained from the previous evening’s break-out sessions and provided community members with the opportunity to “dot vote” for the policies and interventions they believed were most important. The team also showed the community a series of photos of the plan area’s streets and buildings in order to gain an understanding of what the community likes about their neighborhoods and did not like, what they would like to see stay the same and what they would like to see change.
The team also presented preliminary implementation strategies for Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. For Downtown, key strategies included concentrating investment and reusing existing buildings in two primary areas: near the Chukchansi ballpark at Fulton and Kern and in the Cultural Arts district. For the neighborhoods, strategies include building mixed-use nodes around limited retail and small-scale services such as a day care center, a library, or a health clinic.
Day 5 -Friday, May 14th
On Day 5 the team presented the benefits and advantages of street trees and of utilizing sustainable storm water management strategies. Key advantages of street trees include: they define the space of the street especially in cases where buildings are far apart or where buildings are missing such as streets with many vacant lots or parking lots; they slow traffic down and protect pedestrians; they filter the air and provide shade; they define community character.
Day 6 -Saturday, May 15th
On Day 6, the project team presented the policies and interventions that had been developed, with community input, over the course of the previous week.
The presentation began with a Power Point that summarized the week’s processes and outcomes, laid out preliminary policies, and described the next steps for the Downtown Neighborhood Community Plan.
This was followed by an open forum that provided the community with the opportunity to discuss economics, infrastructure, historic resources, transportation, landscape, and open space strategies and policies with the consultant team.
The final presentation ended with breakout sessions organized according to the six Plan areas, in which participants prioritized the policies that were generated over the course of the week.