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Sustainable Jobs for Fresno – January 21, 2016
This event covers near-term opportunities and challenges for sustainability policies and programs and features a keynote by Ken Alex, senior adviser to Governor Brown and director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Learn about the event. Download the event flyer.
Revitalizing Valley Cities – October 23, 2013
The Council of Infill Builders held an evening dinner reception with a keynote by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin to discuss market solutions to revitalizing Valley cities and increasing demand for infill development. Download the event program.
Both photos feature Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, addressing the Council of Infill Builders reception on financing infill development in the San Joaquin Valley, October 23, 2013
California’s General Plan Guidelines Update for Infill
Staff members from the Council of Infill Builders are working with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to develop a model infill planning template for the 2015 update to the general plan guidelines. This template will provide “one-stop shopping” for cities and counties looking to develop the most cutting-edge plans for more infill development in their downtown areas. More information on the process can be found on the OPR website.
Local government finance and real estate expert Joe Minicozzi will return to the Valley in 2013 for a Five City Tour, touting the benefits of encouraging development of our downtowns. Joe’s work illustrates the financial benefits of revamping existing buildings and revitalizing downtowns with appropriate mixed-use development. Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming tour!
For more details, please read the Valuing Downtowns the brochure.
The Future of Housing in the San Joaquin Valley
As Valley leaders implement a new regional planning process that could shape transportation and real estate development in the area for years to come, an assessment of the data on forecasted housing trends will be crucial to smart decision-making now. The Council of Infill Builders offered a webinar on May 7, 2013 with Dr. Arthur C. Nelson of the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah on his recent report, “A Home for Everyone: San Joaquin Valley Housing Preferences and Opportunities to 2050.” Dr. Nelson will discuss the key findings and answer audience questions.
For more details, please download Dr. Nelson’s Presentation.
California Air Resources Board Meeting
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a meeting on January 24, 2013 in Bakersfield to gather input on the Valley’s implementation of SB 375 (Steinberg, 2008), state law to coordinate regional land use and transportation planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Council of Infill Builders Board President Curt Johansen provided critical testimony at this hearing, representing the builder perspective. He discussed “A Home for Everyone,” the report on San Joaquin Valley housing trends that the Builders released the day before. Air Resources Board staff referenced the study in their report to the board members, including the finding that most new homes in the Valley should be attached and small lot to meet demand. The Builders look forward to working with the Air Resources Board as the agency continues to implement SB 375 in the Valley.
2012 Tour – Community Conversations on the Future of the Downtown:
In partnership with the Local Government Commission and Resource Media, the Council of Infill Builders co-sponsored a multi-city tour to spark discussion about the “Dollars and Good Sense” of developing in downtowns. The tour featured presentations by Joe Minicozzi, who has garnered national attention for a study he first undertook in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, in which he compared the revenue generated by various types of development. His work illustrates the financial benefits of revamping existing buildings and revitalizing downtowns with appropriate mixed-use development.