What are the steps between the BIG VISION and local implementation?
Sustainable Communities Strategies BIG VISION! ON THE GROUND CHANGE
Sustainable Communities Strategies General Plans Specific Plans Zoning Codes LOCAL PLANNING
The San Joaquin Valley • 8 counties / 8 COGs • 62 cities • 16 cities with populations over 50,000 • 46 cities with populations under 50,000
San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Plan adopted in 2009
Impact of Fresno General Plan scenarios on General Fund at existing and optimal service levels
Popular Education Zoning Exercise • Easily accessible • Low-Tech, • Colors, not Words • All Language Groups can participate equally
Challenges for Local Implementation • Lack of Planning Staff • Tools to Evaluate Performance of Growth Plans • Capacity of Local Policy Makers • Difficult to Make Innovative Projects Pencil • Outdated Community Engagement Practices
New Partners & New Players Young Professionals Health Community Business Community New Breed of Builders
How Funders Can Make a Difference • Sustain and grow networks of stakeholders to engage in local and regional planning efforts. • Support grassroots organizing. • Support efforts to improve local governments’ civic engagement practices to be more inclusive. • Provide assistance to local planning departments. • Support the use of technical tools that measure fiscal, environmental, health, and social benefits • Educate local policy makers.