Plans & Projects Under Review

The City of Fresno makes every effort to encourage public participation, while simultaneously informing the public of projects that are under review. The following is a list of projects currently under review and reports prepared on behalf of the City.

Parks Master Plan

imagine Fresno

ADOPTED FRESNO PARKS MASTER PLAN – December 14, 2017

The City of Fresno City Council adopted the Fresno Parks Master Plan on December 14, 2017. The adopted version of the Fresno Parks Master Plan can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the following links:

APPROVED FRESNO PARKS VISION PLAN – December 1, 2016

The City of Fresno City Council approved the Fresno Parks Vision Plan on December 1, 2016. The approved version of the Fresno Parks Vision Plan can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the following link:

PARK MASTER PLAN EVENTS

Planning Commission Hearing – Advisory

December 6, 2017

City Council Hearing – Final Action

December 14, 2017

Public comment is welcome at both hearings. Please come and let your Planning Commissioners and City Councilmembers hear your thoughts about parks in our city and the final Parks Master Plan document.

Central Southeast Area Specific Plan

Help us reimagine Central Southeast Fresno!
The City of Fresno is embarking on a new and exciting project – the creation of a Specific Plan for the Central Southeast Area. The Central Southeast Specific Plan will be a long-range planning document that provides a vision for growth and development in the community over the next 20- to 30-years. The Specific Plan will address a wide range of topics that impact the quality of life in the community. These include affordable housing, jobs and economic development, transportation, parks and open space, and a healthy environment. The Plan will include a vision, policies and if needed, development standards that will balance new development and preservation of the existing community identity.

Project Area

CSEASP Project Area

CSEASP Project Area

The Central Southeast Specific Plan area covers over 2,200 acres (3.4 square miles) just east and southeast of downtown, bounded by Belmont Ave to the north, S Orange Ave to the west, E Church Ave to the south, and S Peach Ave to the east. This diverse area is characterized by a mix of suburban housing developments, industrial uses, public facilities, and vacant land.

Why is the Specific Plan important?
The Central Southeast Specific Plan offers a special opportunity to help shape the future of southeast Fresno – including the area’s economic vitality, transportation network, parks, and neighborhood character. Based on feedback from the community and elected officials, the area could benefit from infrastructure and mobility improvements, increased access to parks and open space, development of vacant lots, and recommendations to revitalize key commercial corridors such as Ventura/Kings Canyon Rd. The Specific Plan will help:

  • Shape the places we live, work, shop, and play
  • Guide the public services, infrastructure, and investments in the area
  • Guide the types and forms of new development in Southeast Fresno
  • Establish clear priorities to better guide investment

Timeline

CSEASP Timeline

CSEASP Timeline

The will begin in in Fall of 2017 and will run through Spring of 2019. This includes several phases in the following order: Visioning from Fall of 2017 through Spring of 2018; Land Use & Transportation Alternatives from Spring 2018 into Summer of 2018; Policy & Plan Framework from Summer of 2018 into Winter of 2018; Draft Plan from Winter 2018 to Spring of 2019; and the Final plan will be completed in Spring of 2019. Throughout the entire process, there will be Ongoing Meetings with Stakeholders and Community Group. There are three community workshops planned with tentative dates of workshop 1  in Spring of 2018, workshop 2 in Summer of 2018, and workshop 3 in Winter of 2018.

Get involved!
Your input to the Central Southeast Specific Plan is important! You live, work, play and shop in the area and your voice matters. Over the coming year, the City will be speaking with community leaders, hosting workshops, and sharing information at local events. Residents, property owners, businesses, and other community members will have an opportunity to share input at 3 workshops or other types of in-person events and online, through this website. There will be ongoing meetings with stakeholders and community groups throughout the process.

There are many ways to get involved and make your voice heard:

  1. Periodically visit this website to find out about upcoming events and other ways to get involved.
  2. Sign up to receive email updates on the project
  3. Follow the project on (soon to come)
  4. Take an online survey. There will be multiple surveys throughout the project located on this website.
  5. Attend a community workshop. See below for information on upcoming events.
  6. Talk to your friends and neighbors, and encourage them to get involved too!

Who do I contact for more information?
For more information call Drew Wilson at the City of Fresno drew.wilson@fresno.gov  or call (559) 621-8087.

Upcoming Events:
The Central Southeast Area Specific Plan will be a plan that guides development in the community over the next 20 to 30 years. The Specific Plan will include significant involvement from the community. The Central Southeast Specific Plan area covers over 2,200 acres just southeast of downtown, bounded by Belmont Ave to the north, Orange Ave to the west, Church Ave to the south, and Peach Ave to the east. Now is the time to get involved and help shape the future of your community! Take the survey, sign up for project updates, and learn more.

WORKSHOP #1 – JUNE 20 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Vision, Guiding Principles
WORKSHOP #2 – JULY 17 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Develop Alternatives
WORKSHOP #3 – OCTOBER 4 – 6:00-8:30 PM – Policy Framework

Workshop Flyer

Project Documents

Online Survey
Take an online survey. Follow the links below to take the survey in the following languages:

English Survey
Spanish Survey
Hmong Survey

Workshop Material

Below you will find the presentations and Community Workshop summary’s for the workshops to date. If you would like to host a mini-workshop please email Drew Wilson at drew.wilson@fresno.gov.

Producer’s Dairy

The proposed project is located at 450 East Belmont Avenue between North Ferger and North Roosevelt Avenues. It the request of the applicant to systematically remove the existing structures to allow for additional parking area for commercial trucks.

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via email at mike.sanchez@fresno.gov

Final SEIR and Public Hearings

Revised Draft SEIR

Draft SEIR Appendices

Initial Study Appendices

Comments & Responses

Housing Element

ADOPTED HOUSING ELEMENT – April 13, 2017

The City of Fresno City Council adopted the Housing Element Amendment (Plan Amendment A-17-001) on April 13, 2017. The final adopted version of the Housing Element can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the following document link:

Fresno Housing Element, adopted on April 13, 2017

HOUSING ELEMENT ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT

As part of implementing Program 3 of the Housing Element, the City is required to hold a public hearing on its Housing Element Annual Progress Report to update the public on the City’s progress on housing objectives and programs. The Annual Progress Report is submitted to the State Department of Housing and Community Development on April 1 of each year.

Public Meeting

Housing and Community Development Commission
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall, Room 2165

2017 City of Fresno Annual Progress Report
Housing Element Annual Progress Report Presentation

Highlights from the 2017 City of Fresno Annual Progress Report – English
Highlights from the 2017 City of Fresno Annual Progress Report – Spanish
Highlights from the 2017 City of Fresno Annual Progress Report – Hmong

HOUSING ELEMENT AMENDMENT ADOPTION HEARINGS AND WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

The City of Fresno will consider adoption of the Housing Element Amendment (Plan Amendment A-17-001) at two public hearings and a workshop scheduled as follows:

Planning Commission Public Hearing
Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall Council Chambers

Housing and Community Development Commission Workshop
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall, Room 2165

City Council Public Hearing
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall Council Chambers

The redline of the Housing Element Amendment is available here.

A supplement with additional staff –recommended revisions to the Housing Element Amendment is available here.

A letter from the California Department of Housing and Community Development certifying the City’s Housing Element is available here.

HOUSING ELEMENT AMENDMENT WORKSHOPS

The City of Fresno is holding two workshops on the draft Housing Element Amendment to review the comments received during the recent 30-day public comment period and the responses to those comments.

Workshop Details:

February 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Planning Commission
Fresno City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

February 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. or thereafter
Housing and Community Development Commission
Fresno City Hall, Room 2165, Second Floor
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Final Comment Matrix
A comment matrix summarizing the comments and responses to those comments.

Housing Element Amendment January 2017 Draft-CLEAN
A clean copy of the Revised Public Review Draft.

Housing Element Amendment January 2017 Draft-REDLINE
A redline copy of the Revised Public Review Draft.

Comment Letters
Copies of the comment letters.

The public is invited to comment on the Housing Element during a 30-day comment period from December 13, 2016 to January 13, 2017. Click on links below to access a redline or clean copy. Instructions on submitting comments are noted below.

Fresno Housing Element Amendment – Public Review Draft REDLINE

Fresno Housing Element Amendment – Public Review Draft CLEAN

The City of Fresno is beginning the process of amending its adopted housing element to incorporate changes in 3 areas:

  • Mobile Home Park Conservation Program
  • Equitable Communities Program
  • Housing Need from Prior Housing Element Cycle (2008-2015)

If you have ideas on these topics, you can provide input in the following ways:

  1. Email comments to housingelement@fresno.gov 
  2. Send written comments to the Development and Resource Management Department, Long Range Planning Division, Fresno City Hall, Rm. 3065, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Neighborhood Workshop: December 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Cooper Academy Middle School
2277 W. Bellaire Way, Fresno, CA 93705

Stakeholder Workshop: December 14, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Housing and Community Development Commission
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno Street, Room 2165, Fresno, CA 93721

Neighborhood Workshop: December 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Wesley United Methodist Church
1343 E. Barstow Ave, Room 4, Fresno, CA 93710

Trilingual flyer of this information in English, Spanish (Español) and Hmong (Hmoob)

More information is available by calling Sophia Pagoulatos at (559) 621-8062.

Fresno Housing Element Revised Public Review Draft, March 2016
The City of Fresno appreciates the comments received on the January 2016 Housing Element Public Review Draft. A Revised Public Draft is now available at links below:

Fresno Housing Element Public Review Draft, March 2016 (clean copy)
Fresno Housing Element Public Review Draft, March 2016 (redline version showing changes)
Fresno Housing Element Appendices, March 2016
Fresno Housing Element Comment Matrix, March 2016

Proposed General Plan Amendments Triggered by Update of the Housing Element
Proposed Amendment to Chapter 3 of the General Plan
Proposed Amendment to Chapter 9 of the General Plan

Fresno Housing Element adoption hearings are scheduled as follows:
Public Hearing Notice – English Version
Public Hearing Notice – Spanish Version

FRESNO HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m., or thereafter
Place: Room 2165-A, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

FRESNO PLANNING COMMISSION
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m., or thereafter
Place: City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Planning Commission Staff Report on Housing Element A-16-001

FRESNO CITY COUNCIL
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 (rescheduled from 4/14/2016)
Time: 5:00 p.m., or thereafter
Place: City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Comments may be emailed to housingelement@fresno.gov or by US mail to City of Fresno, 2600 Fresno Street, Development and Resource Management Department, 3rd Floor, Fresno, CA 93721, Attn: Sophia Pagoulatos, Planning Manager.

Fresno Housing Element Public Review Draft, January 2016
Fresno Housing Element Public Review Draft
Fresno Housing Element Appendices

Housing Element Update 2015-2023
The City is updating its 2008 Housing Element, which is a State-mandated planning document for housing. It is one of the 7 State-required elements (chapters) of the General Plan, and the only one that requires certification by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). In general, housing elements include a housing needs assessment, constraints to housing development, resources and land inventory, and a summary of progress toward implementing the previous housing element.For more information on housing elements, visit the HCD website, which describes requirements as well as best practices.

The steps in the process are the following:

1. Community Meetings to Receive Input – October/November 2015
Public Workshop Schedule
Workshop Agenda English | Workshop Agenda Spanish
City Map for Dot Exercise at Workshops
Fresno Workshop Presentation (English)
Fresno Workshop Presentation (Spanish)
Fresno Workshop Presentation (Hmong)

2. Evaluate New Constraints and Update Land Inventory and Resources

3. Update Housing Policies and Programs and Prepare Draft Housing Element
Workshops/study Sessions on Draft Housing Element
January 14, 2016 – City Council
January 19, 2016 – Disability Advisory Commission
January 27, 2016 – Housing and Community Development Commission
February 3, 2016 – Planning Commission
Fresno HE Workshop 2 Presentation

4. Conduct Environmental Review

5. Request HCD Review

6. Public Adoption Hearings – anticipated March 2016

Highway 41 + North Corridor Complete Streets Plan

The City of Fresno and Habitat for Humanity are working together to empower the Highway 41 and North Avenue neighborhood by facilitating a complete streets plan. A Caltrans Environmental Justice grant was awarded for the project, and planning is now underway. The plan will be the neighborhood’s vision of safe and improved streets for pedestrians, transit, bicycles and vehicles. The final recommendations for the plan are expected by fall of 2015 and will be incorporated into the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Sophia Pagoulatos, Supervising Planner, at Sophia.Pagouatos@fresno.gov or at (559) 621-8062.

Southwest Fresno Specific Plan and EIR

The Southwest Fresno Specific Plan process kicked off in the Spring of 2015 and was completed in October of 2017.

Latest News:
The Southwest Fresno Specific Plan was adopted by the Fresno City Council on October 26, 2017.  The plan can be accessed at the link below.

Documents:
Southwest Fresno Specific Plan Final Version, Adopted October 26, 2017
Southwest Fresno Specific Plan – October 2017 Redline
Final Program Environmental Impact Report

Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR)

Technical Appendices, including the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan and Revision Memo

Questions may be directed to southwestcomments@fresno.gov or (559) 621-8180.  Para información en español, comuníquense con Sophia Pagoulatos al número de teléfono (559) 621-8062.

General Information

Existing Conditions Profile

Environmental Impact Report

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared for the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan. Check this section for public documents related to the EIR

Steering Committee Meetings

Public Workshops
Workshop 1: September 15, 2015

Workshop 2: October 13, 2015

Workshop 3: February 16, 2016

Workshop 4: February 23, 2017

Topic Groups

Fresno Recycled Water Master Plan

The proposed Master Plan will plan and implement a recycled water treatment and distribution system that would:

  • Protect and improve groundwater quality by reducing the use of percolation ponds
    currently used as part of the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility’s (RWRF) effluent
    disposal processes;
  • Increase the use of recycled water through urban reuse, groundwater recharge and
    agricultural reuse to help meet the water demands in the region;
  • Expand the recycled water system to enable the City’s offset of potable water use,
    thereby enhancing the sustainability of the water supply; and
  • Facilitate the goals related to recycled water use set forth in the City’s Urban Water
    Management Plan.

Fig Garden Financial Center Phase IV

Developer, Gunner-Andros is proposing the development of a four story commercial office building, comprising a total of net useable area of 104,593 square feet, with an underground parking structure and at grade parking to provide parking for approximately 445 vehicles. The project is located on the south side of West San Jose Avenue, east of the existing Figarden Financial Center and covers approximately 4.0 acres. The underground structure will be interconnected with an existing underground parking structure that serves an adjacent four story commercial office building. The City is requiring that the project applicant prepare an Environmental Impact Report in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act for the proposed project.

For additional information, please contact Mr. Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via e-mail at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.

Old Fig Garden Transportation Land Use Study

The Old Fig Garden Community Transportation and Land Use Study is a planning effort that is based on the initiative of the Fig Garden Homeowners Association (HOA), who approached both the County and the City of Fresno to engage in addressing issues of pressing importance to Fig Garden residents. The Fig Garden area has been threatened by increasing traffic and by the rapidly urbanizing arterial streets of Ashlan, Blackstone, Shaw and Shields Avenues, as well as other collectors in the Study Area.

Sunset Waste Paper Operational Modifications

Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-10-028 filed by Larry Miner of Clements Environmental on behalf of John Mohoff, for property located on the southeast corner South Elm and East Vine Avenues. This application is a request for authorization to modify the operations at the existing Sunset Waste Paper Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station. The proposed modifications are as follows: 1) The addition of recyclables storage in bunkers, bins, roll-off containers, bales and in bulk inside the building, as well as outside the building under and just south of the south canopy, along the exterior north wall of the transfer station, along the east fence and along the east side of the MRF; 2) The addition of green waste processing inside the transfer station building; 3) The addition of mechanical sorting of construction and demolition material and municipal solid waste inside the transfer station; and 4) The addition of hand and/or mechanical sorting of glass recyclables adjacent to the existing bunkers located along the western elevation of the transfer station. Click below to access the staff report for this project.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) and Environs Plan Amendment—Plan Amendment Application No. A-10-005 and Environmental Assessment No. A-10-005

The 1997 FYI Airport and Environs Plan is being amended to keep pace with updated airport projections through the year 2025. The format of the plan has been simplified and reorganized consistent with state law. New noise contours and safety zones are included in the plan amendment.

For additional information, contact Sophia Pagoulatos at (559) 621-8062 or via e-mail at Sophia.Pagoulatos@fresno.gov.

To access the amended plan or the environmental assessment (EIR), click on the links below:

Roeding Regional Park and Fresno Chaffee Zoo Facility Master Plans—including Rotary Playland and Storyland

The City of Fresno, Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo Corporation and Rotary Storyland/Playland have filed Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-08-186 and are in the process of preparing a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Program EIR will address the adoption and implementation of the Roeding Regional Park Facility Master Plan, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Facility Master Plan and Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-08-186 necessary to implement the plans. The master plans contain comprehensive, coordinated proposals designed to extensively renovate Roeding Park and Rotary Playland/Rotary Storyland, and to renovate and expand the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

The site is located in the southwest portion of the City of Fresno. The 148-acre park is bounded by West Olive Avenue on the north; West Belmont Avenue on the south; Golden State Boulevard and the Union Pacific Railroad line on the east; and State Route 99 on the west (APN 450-020-08T). The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is in the south-central portion of Roeding Park, Rotary Playland in the southwest corner, and Rotary Storyland along the west boundary.

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via e-mail at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.

El Paseo (Northwest Fresno)

The proposed project is located in northwest Fresno and is generally bound by W. Herndon Ave. on the north, N. Bryan and W. Bullard Avenues on the east, Carnegie Avenue to the south, and State Route 99 to the west (map of project area). Entitlements for this project will include a General Plan Amendment, Rezone, and Master Conditional Use Permit Applications, a Development Agreement, and Tentative Tract Map.

The applicant proposes to develop an approximately 238-acre project at the northwest gateway of the City. The final development would include retail, office, hospitality, and entertainment uses. The integrated, mixed-use project is planned to include:

  • A large retail marketplace
  • A lifestyle center or town center project
  • A mid-rise office park and hotel
  • A light industrial business park

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via e-mail at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov.

City of Fresno Recycled Water Master Plan and Ordinance

The City of Fresno proposes to implement a Recycled Water Master Plan with an associated Recycled Water Ordinance to increase the use of recycled water to meet local water demands. The Master Plan will be implemented in a phased manner through 2025 as feasible based on technical, funding, partnering, and other factors. The Master Plan will inform the City’s decision process in selecting recycled water projects. The expansion of the recycled water system will enable the City to offset potable water use, enhance the sustainability of the water supply, and reduce the use of percolation ponds that currently handle effluent discharge. The City intends to adopt a Recycled Water Ordinance to further support recycled water development.

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via e-mail at Mike.Sanchez@fresno.gov or Mr. Kevin Norgaard at (559) 621-5297 or via e-mail at Kevin.Norgaard@fresno.gov

Rendering Plant Relocation Project

This Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) has been prepared by the City of Fresno to evaluate potential environmental effects resulting from proposed relocation and expansion of the existing rendering facility located on Belgravia Road between Church Avenue and E Street. The project would relocate the facility from its current location, just southwest of downtown, to a 40-acre site near the Fresno-Clovis Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and expand its permitted processing limits from 850,000 pounds per day to a permitted maximum of 10 million pounds per week. The project would require a general plan amendment (GPA) to change the General Plan land use designation of the receiving site from Public Facility to Heavy Industrial, and a rezone of the same property from Public and Institutional (PI) to Industrial-Heavy (IH). Section 2 “Project Description” presents the detailed project information.

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via email at mike.sanchez@fresno.gov

West Area Specific Plan

West Area Specific Plan LOGO

The City of Fresno is kicking off a project that will plan for future growth and development in the West Area. The project area is located west of Highway 99, generally north of Clinton Avenue and east of Garfield Avenue, as shown on the map below.

The West Area Specific Plan will be an advanced planning document that will encourage consistent and compatible land development as this part of the City grows. Potential topics to be studied will be community identity, traffic improvements, public transportation improvements, pedestrian and bicycle enhancements, community design concepts, and the best locations for future residential and commercial uses.

To be involved in the West Area Specific Plan process, please contact Rodney Horton at rodney.horton@Fresno.gov or (559) 621-8181.

Project Area

West Area Specific Plan Map

Conceptual Land Use Options

Provided below are the conceptual land use options that have been developed based on input from the public and Steering Committee over the last several weeks. There are three potential land use options that include the following:

West Area Plan Options
(option – 1) – More Change
(option – 2) – Moderate Change
(option – 3) – Little Change

The options provided are conceptual. They are meant to inspire discussion and the formation of a draft land use map for the West Area. Please keep in mind that the conceptual options are meant to be abstract, and not precise (or technical). Staff is aware that certain land uses on the attached conceptual plans may conflict with what is on the ground or what is currently under construction; furthermore, we are fully aware that greenspace is not provided on the conceptual options. However, greenspace, parks, and trails will be included once a base land use option has been selected.

Project Schedule

August 22, 2018 – Steering Committee provides a recommendation on the conceptual land use option.
August 23, 2018 – City staff begins the assembling the draft land use map and the draft Specific Plan
October 24, 2018 – City staff delivers the draft land use map and draft Specific Plan to the community and Steering Committee for review and comment
October 24 – November 20, 2018 – City staff receives feedback from the public
November 28, 2018 – Steering Committee provides a recommendation on the draft land use map and draft Specific Plan
December/January 2019 – Official plan initiation goes to Planning Commission
January/February 2019 – Official plan initiation goes to City Council
February – December 2019 – Environmental Impact Report and Economic Study
March 2020 – Adoption of draft Specific Plan by City Council

Events

Community Conversation No. 1: Planning for the West Area
Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Central High School – East Campus – Cafeteria
3535 N. Cornelia Avenue, Fresno CA 93722

Community Conversation No. 2: Discussion of Land Use
Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Central High School – East Campus – Cafeteria
3535 N. Cornelia Avenue, Fresno CA 93722

Steering Committee Meeting No. 1
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Glacier Point Middle School – Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room
4055 N. Bryan Avenue, Fresno, CA

Steering Committee Meeting No. 2
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Glacier Point Middle School – Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room
4055 N. Bryan Avenue, Fresno, CA

Steering Committee Meeting No. 3
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Glacier Point Middle School – Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room
4055 N. Bryan Avenue, Fresno, CA

Special Steering Committee Meeting – Selection of Land Use Options
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Glacier Point Middle School – Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Room
4055 N. Bryan Avenue, Fresno, CA

Steering Committee

David Pena, Chairperson
Deep Singh, Vice Chairperson
Eric Payne
Dennis Gaab
Joseph Martinez
Tiffany Mangum
Cathy Caples
Jeff Roberts
John Kashian
Bill Nijjer
Gurdeep Shergill
Tina McCallister – Boothe, Alternate for Cathy Caples

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the City doing a Specific Plan in my area?

A. The Fresno General Plan that was adopted in 2014 provides a broad vision for the West Area. In order to implement the General Plan, several more focused plans have been adopted in areas with specific planning needs, for example, the Downtown Neighborhood Community Plan, the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan, and the Parks Master Plan. Now, the City is directing its focus to the West Area and refinement of the existing plan in order to address specific needs in the area.

Q. Will the Specific Plan include eminent domain?

A. Use of eminent domain could occur with or without the adoption of the West Area Specific Plan. The Specific Plan will encourage and incentivize development to occur in areas that have vacant or underutilized land. Private development will continue to occur as the market demands. As a last resort, eminent domain could be utilized to acquire land to build public infrastructure when land acquisition through normal methods are unsuccessful.

Q. Will the Specific Plan include annexation?

A. The Specific Plan will not include special or expedited annexation. Annexation is a separate legal action and will continue to occur as it has in the past.

Q. If annexation was eventually proposed for my property, would I be required to connect to City water and sewer service?

A. Should your property get annexed into the City, you would not be required to connect to City water service. You would be able to continue to use your existing well. Should your well run dry or be abandoned, however, you would be required to connect to City water service. Sewer connection would be required within three years after annexation into the City.

Q. What is the approximate cost of connecting to City water and sewer services?

A. All inquiries about water and sewer connection fees and or permits should be directed to the Department of Public Utilities at (559) 621-1452.

Q.  I do not want development to occur in my area, can I stop development from occurring?

A. All of the West Area is located in Growth Area No. 1. The General Plan, adopted in 2014, identified Growth Area No. 1 as the priority area for development and growth. The actual rate of development will be driven by market conditions.

Q. What will happen once this plan is approved? Will we immediately see improvements?

A. Yes and no. Private development will continue to occur according to market demand. The Specific Plan once approved, would provide the community’s priorities for infrastructure improvements. However, the securing of funds and the installation of major infrastructure may take several years to occur.

Southern Blackstone Avenue Smart Mobility Plan

Southern Blackstone Avenue Smart Mobility Plan Area

The City of Fresno, in partnership with Fresno Metro Ministries and the Local Government Commission, is kicking off a project that will utilize an extensive and intensive community-based effort to develop a complete streets strategy to increase the effective range of public transit and serve the needs of all modes and users, particularly bicyclists and pedestrians. Improvements include the following:

  1. Increased safety and access for all travel modes
  2. Enhanced streetscapes with gateway and wayfinding signage
  3. Safe and convenient pedestrian crossings
  4. Safe and convenient bicycle access
  5. Convenient and accessible transit
  6. Better connection to adjacent neighborhoods
  7. Improved accessibility and appeal for existing and future businesses

About the Project Area
The project area is 2.5 miles of the southern segment of the corridor and extends from Dakota Avenue to Highway 180. The project area includes three activity centers:

  1. Shields/Manchester: extending from Dakota Avenue to Princeton Avenue
  2. Weldon/Fresno City College: extending from Princeton Avenue to Hedges Avenue
  3. Olive/Tower Gateway: extending from Hedges Avenue to Highway 180

Community Engagement Events

Multi-day charrette (or workshop) is planned for June 23 – 27, 2018, location and time will be announced:

Walk & Design Workshop
Saturday, June 23, 2018
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch will be provided
Fresno City College
Old Administration Building – Room 251
Fresno, CA 93741

June 26th Community Workshop
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Refreshments Provided
Fresno City College
Old Administration Building – Room 251
Fresno, CA 93741

August 23rd Community Workshop
Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided
Ted C. Wills Community Center
770 N. San Pablo Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728

Please confirm your attendance by August 20, 2018, to Fresno Metro Ministry at (559) 485-1416 or Kelsey@fresnometmin.org.

Community Open House to review draft plan will occur on November 8, 2018, location and time will be announced.

Scope of Work

Task 1 – Conditions and Needs Assessment

  • Identify implementation and funding barriers and opportunities

Task 2 – Initial Community Engagement

  • Identify property and business owner, and other stakeholder interest and needs for implementation tools and funding

Task 3 – Charrette

  • Identify additional implementation needs and opportunities
  • Communicate relationship between design concepts and implementation strategies

Task 4 – Implementation Strategies

  • Refine strategies for implementation, local funding, and funding
  • Prepare memorandum and funding matrix for potential improvements

Task 5 – Draft and Finalize Plan

  • Draft and finalize the plan for acceptance by Caltrans and City Council

To be involved in the planning process, please contact Rodney Horton at rodney.horton@fresno.gov or (559) 621-8181.