A significant component of the Mayor’s RESTORE Fresno Initiative is performed by the City Attorney’s Neighborhood Revitalization Division. This Division’s Neighborhood Revitalization Team (NRT) is focused on advancing the Initiative’s neighborhood focus. The work of the NRT is limited to qualifying neighborhoods throughout the city and is accomplished with the help of the following key partners:
In addition to these key partners, this work would not be successful without the committed involvement of many neighborhood stakeholders, including residents, landlords, churches, community groups, and others. For this reason, the City’s neighborhood revitalization work incorporates the input of these stakeholders throughout every phase of the process.
Though the “success” of our revitalization work is largely defined by neighborhood stakeholders, it always includes the removal of blight from the neighborhood and ensuring all housing conditions are in compliance with our Municipal Code. Frequently, stakeholders also make it a priority to increase safety, build deeper partnerships with their neighborhood schools, reduce speeding, and many other neighborhood-specific projects.
The NRT currently consists of one manager, three senior housing specialists, two community revitalization specialists, three community revitalization technicians, and two community coordinators.
The City’s Neighborhood Revitalization program aims to:
- Actively engage residents in the revitalization process.
- Maximize the resources available for revitalization through the coordination of City Departments and stakeholders.
- Implement a revitalization model that is sustainable, can be evaluated based upon neighborhood specific conditions, and replicated throughout the city
The NRT’s revitalization process is comprised of four phases implemented over approximately a four-year period. The first phase is the NRT’s Initialization Mode. The second phase is the Maintenance Mode, the third phase is the Team’s Sustainability Mode, and the fourth phase is the neighborhood’s Efficacy Mode. This final phase is transitioned into when the neighborhood has the leadership and funding mechanism to continue pursuing its ongoing revitalization.
Determining when to transition between phases happens when certain benchmarks are achieved within each phase. For example, in order to transition into Phase II, the NRT must meet goals in the areas of stakeholder efficacy, stakeholder involvement, neighborhood blight, and housing conditions. Additionally, stakeholders identify specific goals in Phase I that must also be met. Finally, the NRT only transitions into a new phase when the stakeholders who meet with us regularly confirm the neighborhood’s progress and preparedness to transition.
Revitalization efforts are in different phases in 15 neighborhoods. In 2019 Mayor Brand will announce the next 5 neighborhoods to be the focus of our revitalization activities.
Neighborhoods are selected with input from various partners utilizing criteria such as student achievement, police issues/resources, blight, low-moderate income, various community health indicators, proximity to existing revitalization efforts, and neighborhood assets.
Restore Fresno is a compilation of initiatives to improve property values, living conditions, public safety and the overall quality of life in our most deteriorated neighborhoods. In each of our neighborhoods, resident leadership is cultivated, blight is dramatically reduced, housing conditions are improved, and neighborhood leaders work together with City staff to resolve intractable problems. Throughout the revitalization process, each neighborhood receives the support of the Neighborhood Revitalization Team through regular code sweeps, and consistent resident contact .
The Neighborhood Revitalization Team has identified a number of common code violations that occur in our focus neighborhoods. You can participate in the revitalization of your neighborhood by reporting these violations! Should you suspect that a violation exists in one of the NRT’s focus neighborhoods, please report it by calling (559) 621-CITY (2489) or by using your FresGO app on your smartphone.
- VACANT PROPERTIES
Can attract illegal and mischievous activity which should be reported.
Farm animals such as chickens, roosters, goats, sheep, cows, and horses are not permitted in residential areas.
- INOPERABLE VEHICLES
Cannot be parked on the street or stored on private property unless fully enclosed within a legal structure, such as a garage. Car covers are not acceptable.
- TARP AND POLE STRUCTURES
Are illegal under the zoning codes. Even though they are popular, laws governing their placement are enforced. The use of tarp and pole structures can carry fines up to $800. If you have one, please take it down.
Are required to be maintained by the property owner. They can also attract illegal and mischievous activity, which should be reported.
- VACANT LOTS
If you own a vacant lot in the city, make sure it is kept free of weeds, trash, and debris all year long.
- VEHICLE PARKING
Vehicles parked on private residential property must be parked on driveways, in a garage, or carport. Vehicles CANNOT be parked on dirt, lawn, or landscaped areas. All vehicles must be operable.
The accumulation of tall, dry grass on vacant lots is prohibited. Property owners are required to ensure that all weeds that constitute a fire hazard are cleared from their property or that the land is turned with a disc.