This Week at City Hall - Economic Development and the General Plan Update
Economic development focus of General Plan meeting
The City of Fresno is holding a series of community workshops as part of our overall General Plan and Development Code update.  This week’s workshop will focus on economic development, with an emphasis on the current components of Fresno’s economy and trends affecting it, as well as policy implications and opportunities for economic development in the City.
The meeting will be held at Fresno High School, 1839 N. Echo, Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m.
Fresno’s General Plan is the blueprint for existing and future development through 2035.  The process to update the General Plan also includes a complete redesign of the City’s Development Code, which is the city’s most powerful implementation tool of its land-use policies.
Here is the schedule for future meetings:
October 2011
  • October 4 -- Sustainability at Mosqueda Community Center
  • October 18 -- Urban Form, part 1 at El Dorado at Wesley United Methodist Church
November 2011
  • November 1 --  Urban Form, part 2 at Pinedale Elementary
  • November 10 --  Healthy Community at Hinton Center
  • November 21 -- Transportation at Ted C. Wills Community Center
December 2011
  • December 7 -- Planning Commission:  Preliminary Conceptual Alternatives at  Council Chambers
January 2012
  • January 12 -- Plan Alternatives selected at Hoover High School
February 2012
  • February 16 -- Council Briefing on Preferred Plan Selection at Council Chambers
  • February 22 --  Preferred Plan Selection at  McLane High School
March 2012
  • March 28 -- Policy/Framework at Bullard High School
April 2012
  • April 4 – Planning Commission: Policy and Framework at Council Chambers
  • April 25 -- General Plan Outline at Sunnyside High School
  • April 26 -- Council Briefing on Policy/Framework & GP Outline at Council Chambers
May 2012
  • May 23 --  Planning Commission: Draft General Plan for Introduction at Council Chambers
June 2012
  • June 6 --  Planning Commission: Draft General Plan for adoption at Council Chambers
  • June 21 -- City Council: Draft General Plan for introduction at Council Chambers
  • June 28 --  City Council: Draft General Plan for adoption at Council Chambers
Mayor Swearengin’s Activities
While some of these activities outlined below are not public meetings, these are some of the issues being addressed this week by Mayor Swearengin:
  • Conducting internal meetings on high-speed rail, with a focus on responding to the California High Speed Rail Authority’s Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement;
  • Discussing Learn 2 Earn, our adult education initiative, in separate meetings with Fresno City College President Tony Cantu on Learn 2 Earn and Joseph Coppola from DeVry University;
  • Holding internal meetings on homelessness issues;
  • Joining Council President Lee Brand in presenting a proclamation from the City to the Fresno County and City Republican Women Federated (FCCRWF) in observation of U.S. Constitution Day.
Make plans for the next Local Bites
On Tuesday, September 27, Mayor Swearengin will be celebrating our locally owned restaurants at Wassabi, 1085 East Herndon Avenue.  Please join us at this dinner – or plan to eat at a locally owned restaurant at least once a month to help our local economy.If you’re planning to join Mayor Swearengin, just remember – when it comes to the bill, you’re on your own!
All of the dates and additional information on the Local Bite Night schedule is posted on the Taste Fresno website at For a great list of locally owned restaurants, see the City of Fresno’s Local Business Directory or go to  
City seeking applications for Transit Rate and Services Committee
Mayor Swearengin is encouraging those interested in joining the Transit Rate and Services Committee to apply for one of two vacant positions.  The Committee members evaluate the fiscal foundation, fare structures and a mix of service offerings at FAX. 
They will be responsible for assessing the needs of the community and researchingstrategies and programs that put the best image forward.  Strong leadership, experience working well in group settings and FAX ridership are helpful qualities.  If interested in submitting an application, click here.
 ‘Go Green and Clean’ at Rotary West Park
The “Go Green and Clean” park beautification program will be held at Rotary West Park, 3202 E. Gettysburg, on Saturday, Sept. 24.
In the program, volunteers participate in basic park care through litter removal, flower bed raking, pruning, painting, graffitiremoval and other light tasks from 8 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hats, gloves and sun block and bring plenty of drinking water. Basic work tools and supplies will be provided by the City of Fresno.  Each volunteer will be required to complete a volunteer form and waiver.
This Week’s Meetings
Here are other city-related meetings this week:
  • Disability Advisory Commission, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m., City Council chambers, second floor of Fresno City Hall;
  • General Plan – Economic Development, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m., Fresno High School, 1839 N. Echo;
  • Fresno City Council, Thursday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m., City Council Chambers, second floor of Fresno City Hall.
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