Article No. 3
September 21, 2021
Lack of Public Participation
in the Design of the 2020-2040 General Plan
The County of Fresno has not invited county residents to participate in the development of the new 2020-2040 General Plan. In marked contrast, as the 2000-2020 General Plan was developed, there were numerous public meetings, including 15 focus group meetings administered by UC Davis, 35 open houses and 8 town hall meetings.
The current 2000-2020 General Plan was adopted October 3, 2000. As part of the update process, in early 1997, the University of California at Davis interviewed 128 county residents representing a variety of interests and areas of the county. In 1997, the university published a report entitled “Fresno County and the Future: Residents’ Views of Growth, Resources and Jobs” which listed the concerns of county residents, the matters of greatest interest being (1) job creation and economic diversification, (2) the protection of resources and (3) the strain on infrastructure and services caused in part by inefficient growth patterns – i.e., urban sprawl. Read the entire article.