Downtown Neighborhood Community Plan
The Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan (DNCP) is the community’s tool for guiding the successful regeneration of Downtown Fresno and its surrounding neighborhoods. It is a visionary document that lays out the community’s long-term goals for the Plan Area and provides detailed policies concerning a wide range of topics, including land use and development, transportation, the public realm of streets and parks, infrastructure, historic resources, and health and wellness. Along with the accompanying form based Downtown Development Code, the DNCP is intended to protect Fresno’s oldest neighborhoods, while encouraging and accommodating future development, in a manner that contributes to a stronger and healthier community for everyone.
The DNCP consists of an introductory chapter, followed by eight chapters that cover a wide variety of topics related to the revitalization of the Downtown Neighborhoods. Please click on the below links to access each individual chapter:
Additional resources that informed the creation of the FCSP include:
The DNCP is the result of an intense public process that involved input from over 300 residents, business owners, and property owners. The evolution of this Plan is based on extensive community input throughout each of the following six phases:
- Discovery. In this phase, the Consultant team learns everything about the Community Plan area, including its physical, economic, regulatory, and political aspects through in-field analysis, review of existing regulatory documents, and meeting with the City’s various departments, agencies, and stakeholders. The information is compiled into several reports, posters, and PowerPoint presentations, and presented to the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan Community Advisory Committee (DNCPCAC) and the community during several public meetings and workshops.
This phase concluded in early May 2010.
- Visioning and Design Workshop. In this phase the information and input received during the previous Discovery phase is translated into physical form and draft policy recommendations during a week-long Visioning and Design Workshop.
The Visioning and Design Workshop process is a method of public participation that brings all interested parties (municipal officials, developers, business owners, and community members) together for a series of days in which everyone with a stake or interest of any kind participates directly with the design team to develop and review ideas about the project at hand. The process is completely interactive and sees each of the plan’s components developed simultaneously in response to issues and needs posed by its various participants. City Staff are involved throughout and help facilitate input from a person or group that needs to be heard on a particular subject. In this way, the 'feedback' loops are ongoing and immediate, keeping unproductive or inappropriate results from being developed. At the end of each day, the design team summarizes what the Design Team, City Staff and the participants studied, achieved, and decided upon that day for the community's review and comment.
The Visioning and Design Workshop occured May 10 – May 15, 2010.
- ”Unpacking”. The intent of this phase is to compile, describe, and distill the various strategies, outlines, illustrated ideas, methods, desired outcomes, codes, and implementation measures produced during the Visioning and Design Workshop, refine them as necessary and provide all of the materials for review by the City, the DNCAC, and the public. This Phase focuses on producing any refinements to any of the diagrams, drawings, memos, etc., that will be used in the Specific Plan document. The Consultant presents to the FCSPCAC and DNCPCAC the vision, policy recommendations, and implementation measures that were generated at the Charrettes. The CACs gives their final input prior to the consultant team beginning the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan document.
“Unpacking” occured in June, 2010.
Community Plan Preparation. In this phase, the Community Plan document is compiled through the generation of several successive drafts. The plan provides:
- The policy foundation for the Downtown Neighborhoods plan area, including a public realm and private realm tune-up, with a strong emphasis on supporting community development objectives;
- Implementation tools calibrated to the Downtown Neighborhoods;
- A Form-Based Code that is structured to be extensible over time, and capable of calibration to a variety of neighborhood circumstances.
The Consultant team released the public draft of the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan in mid-September, 2011 for review by the Community Advisory Committee and the community.
- Environmental Review. This phase is devoted to the generation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Assessment (EA) in order to address the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), evaluating the potential environmental impacts of the combined Community Plan/Specific Plan/Neighborhood Code project.
The Notice of Preparation is scheduled to be released on April 1, 2012 with the Public Review Draft ready for review in Summer 2012.
- Public Hearings and Plan Adoption. This phase is devoted to navigating the final Community Plan, Specific Plan, Development Code, and EIR through the public hearing and adoption process and is comprised of a series of workshops and hearings with such bodies as the Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the City Council. The final product is an adopted Community Plan, Specific Plan, Development Code, and EIR.
The Adoption process is scheduled to begin in Winter 2013 with final adoption of the Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan occurring in Spring 2013.