Iron Bird Lofts 

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.


 News and Events

7/9/15-Avenal: Walkability 101

Walkability 101 Workshop

Above John Gonzalez, program assistant presenting Walkability 101 to members of the Avenal community group, PUMA-Pueblo Unido Mejorando Avenal. Those in attendance included city council members, business owners, and active residents. The presentation covered the elements of walkability and ways to work to increase walking and bicycling in Avenal. A Walkability Audit will be conducted at a future PUMA meeting.

PUMA's mission statement is to "increase awareness and participation of residents in Avenal, CA, for the wellbeing of the community." Its goals are to:

  • Improve the health and education of residents, youth, farm workers, and Immigrants

  • Advocate, Develop, Sustain, and Support programs for youth and adults in the community.

  • Ensure that institutions can provide support to maximize the development of our community.

This presentation was one of two presentations in Avenal as part of StreetsAlive. StreetsAlive is a technical assistance program to promote and support walkable and bicycle-friendly communities in the rural cities of Avenal, Mendota, Orange Cove, and San Joaquin.


7/7/15-Planners Who Lunch

Planners Who Lunch Speaker Series

Above Twenty Valley planners from Fresno, Madera, Sanger, Selma, and Visalia gathered on Tuesday, July 7 for the first Planners Who Lunch of the year. Planners Who Lunch is a quarterly, networking lunch speaker series hosted by the American Planning Association-CA Central Section and CRPC.


Dr. Sam Lankford

Above Dr. Sam Lankford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State, kicked off the lunch series with a presentation about the economic benefits of recreation development. Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in California, Oregon, and Hawaii, and specializes in tourism and recreation development. He is a member of the Urban and Regional Transformation Cohort at Fresno State.

The next quarterly lunch will be held in September. To receive updates on events from Valley planners, please contact Program Coordinator, Jenna Chilingerian at

6/11/15-Orange Cove Walking Tour/Assessment

Orange Cove Walking Tour

Above CRPC staff hosted a walking tour and assessment in Orange Cove. As part of StreetsAlive: a Walking and Bicycling Audit Program, staff helped raise awareness about the walking, biking, and safety conditions for local businesses. 

4/17/15-Orange Cove Walkability Workshop

 Orange Cove

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

 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.


Mendota Farmers' Market 

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

Avenal Rotary Club

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.


Top. The Iron Bird Lofts in downtown Fresno 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.)