Southwest Fresno Specific Plan
The Skinny: West Fresno is historic Fresno. But it has struggled for decades. Construction of a modernized Highway 99 in the late 1950s-early 1960s through the heart of the community didn’t help things. The City Council on Dec. 1 will decide whether to approve this strategy to regain West Fresno’s old glory.
The Rundown: “The community and Steering Committee expressed a preference for a series of small, complete neighborhoods in the Southwest Fresno area. Each of the complete neighborhoods would contain a node made up of community-serving uses, including retail, a range of housing types, a school, and a park. Surrounding the nodes would be existing or new single-family residences, within a reasonable walking distance of ½-mile. The planning team along with the Steering Committee has reviewed existing neighborhoods and potential new neighborhoods to identify the best locations for these nodes. Where possible, they are located at the intersections of arterial streets for easy access and high visibility. In the case of existing neighborhoods, locations that could become stronger nodes if retail or park uses are incorporated have been identified. For potential new neighborhoods, the nodes would be sited at a location accessible to both nearby residents in the new neighborhood and visitors from outside the neighborhood.” (Source: Southwest Fresno Specific Plan, Draft Preferred Alternative)
The Pledge: “More than two thirds of our neighborhoods south of Herndon are either in poverty or extreme poverty. That happened over a long period of time and changing those conditions will take deliberate action and a strong partnership between the community, property owners, businesses and local government.” – Mayor Ashley Swearengin, May 13, 2015, when she announced her “Restore Fresno” initiative. (Source: City of Fresno)