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Community Revitalization

As part of the Development and Resource Management Department of the City of Fresno, the work of community revitalization is performed by the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Team (NRT).  This work is limited to qualifying neighborhoods throughout the city and requires quality partnership with many community stakeholders, including residents, landlords, business owners, and community groups, among others.  For this reason the City’s community revitalization work incorporates the input of these stakeholders throughout every phase of our process.

Successful revitalization is largely defined by neighborhood stakeholders, but always includes the removal of blight from the neighborhood and ensuring interior living conditions are up to code.  Frequently, stakeholders also seek 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, four senior housing specialists, two community revitalization specialists, four community revitalization technicians, and two community outreach coordinators.

The City’s Community Revitalization program aims to:

The City’s Neighborhood Revitalization program is aimed to:

  • Actively engage residents in the revitalization process.
  • Maximize resources through coordination of City Departments and stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of revitalization efforts.
  • Implement a revitalization model that can be evaluated based upon neighborhood specific conditions and replicated throughout the city

How Can You Help?

  • Attend neighborhood meetings you hear about hosted by your neighbors or the NRT.
  • Participate in keeping your neighborhood clean.
  • Report code violations through FresGo or by calling (559) 621-CITY (2489).
  • Encourage your neighbors to take advantage of the resources the Restore Fresno trailer will bring when you see it in the neighborhood.
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For more information about the Neighborhood Revitalization Team, please call (559) 621-8448

The Revitalization Process

Focused Revitalization

Community Revitalization’s process is comprised of 3 Phases implemented over approximately a three-year period.  The first phase is the Neighborhood Revitalization Team’s period of active focus.  The second phase is considered maintenance mode, and the third phase is the Team’s sustainability mode.

Some of the outcomes this Division is pursuing include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased stakeholder engagement
  • Increased stakeholder efficacy
  • Top stakeholder priorities addressed
  • Decreased public nuisance violations
  • Increased housing conditions

Revitalization Cycle

Revitalization Cycle
Current and Proposed Revitalization Neighborhoods

On October 17, 2016, Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced the Next 10 Revitalization Neighborhoods after months of collaborative conversations with Fresno Unified School District, the Fresno Housing Authority, the Fresno Police Department, and numerous City staff.  These neighborhoods are Hidalgo/Leavenworth, Webster, Slater, Columbia, King,  Winchell, Vang Pao, Addams, Williams, and Fort Miller.

The neighborhoods were 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. The Neighborhood Revitalization Team began engaging the first neighborhood, Hidalgo/Leavenworth, in November 2016, with revitalization efforts fully under way in January, 2017.

Restore Fresno is a compilation of initiatives to improve property values, living conditions, public safety and the overall quality of life in our older neighborhoods. The five current neighborhoods of focus have focused on engaging residents and building capacity in El Dorado Park, Jefferson, Kirk, Lowell, and Yokomi neighborhoods. In each of these neighborhoods, resident leadership has been cultivated, blight has been dramatically reduced, housing issues have been improved, and neighborhood leaders are working together with City staff to resolve intractable problems.  Each neighborhood continues to receive the support of the Neighborhood Revitalization Teams, through regular code sweeps, and consistent resident contact each month.

Current and Proposed Neighborhoods

Current and Proposed Neighborhoods

Guide to Reporting Code Violations

The Neighborhood Revitalization Team has identified a number of common code violations that frequently occur in our focus neighborhoods.  You can participate in the revitalization of these neighborhoods 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.
  • ANIMALS
    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.
  • ALLEYS
    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.
  • WEEDS
    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.
Neighborhood Guide to Reporting Code Violations

Neighborhood Guide to Reporting Code Violations