Community & Regional Planning Center
The Community and Regional Planning Center (CRPC) is a joint venture at Fresno State between the College of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and OCED. It serves as the administrator of the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint Toolkit - an online repository of resources and tools for Valley planners - as well as a resource hub between the regional initiatives of its participating organizations (above). Through collaboration with numerous partners, CRPC links technical assistance providers to Valley communities and serves as an information hub and resource for planning-related knowledge and research, peer learning networks, and expertise.
Pictured above is the Iron Bird Lofts in downtown Fresno which combines living, retail and commercial space. This is an example of the City using mixed-use development to support smart growth principles by creating compact walkable communities. Iron Bird Lofts consists of 16 three-story townhomes, 48 lofts and 16 two-bedroom flats, ranging from 900 sq. ft. to 1,600 sq. ft.(Photo used with permission by Fresno Redevelopment Agency.)
News and Events
4/17/15-Orange Cove Walkability Workshop
Above Jenna Chilingerian, CRPC coordinator and John Gonzalez, program assistant presenting a Walkability and Economic Development 101 Workshop to members of the Orange Cove Emerging Small Business class. The members of the class will be performing a walkability audit of the Orange Cove downtown business corridor in May as follow up to the presentation.
The Orange Cove Emerging Small Business class is part of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant that OCED's San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) administers. The class is taught by SJVRDC staff and meets twice a week over the course of five months. Topics include: E-Commerce, Cottage Food, Microloans, Web Development, Social Media, Quickbooks, Marketing Strategies, and Energy/Water Conservation.
4/16/15-Mendota Farmers' Market
Above Fresno State students tending to a booth at a Mendota weekly Farmers' Market on April 15. A team of seven students created a community questionnaire and walkability assessment tool as part of their Recreation Administration Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism course. The tools created will supplement the CRPC's StreetsAlive: a Walking and Bicycling Audit Program in the cities of Avenal, Mendota, Orange Cove, and San Joaquin.
Above Students handed out questionnaires to the public that asked a series of questions about the sidewalks, street connectivity and overall safety while walking and biking in the city of Mendota. A total of 45 surveys were collected (a 65% response rate). Ages of participants ranged from 10 to 64 years old. The students will present their findings as part of their class final and the questionnaire and walkability assessment tool template will be replicated throughout the Central Valley by CRPC.
For more information about StreetsAlive, click here.
4/15/15-Avenal Walkability Workshop
Above Jenna Chilingerian, CRPC coordinator and John Gonzalez, program assistant presenting a Walkability Workshop on StreetsAlive: A Walking and Bicycling Audit program at the Avenal Rotary Club. For more information about StreetsAlive, click here.