San Joaquin Valley, CA


Agency: Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare Counties, California

Project: San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Outreach Program
Fresno – Barbara Steck: 559.233.4148
Madera – Derek Winning: 559.675.0721 X 17
Tulare – Elizabeth Wright: 559.733.6389

The Eight San Joaquin Valley Council of Governments (COGs) or County Transportation Commissions (CTCs), working with the Great Valley Center (GVC), had the same common goal of preserving and improving the quality of life for the San Joaquin Valley through to the Year 2050.  The first step in this process was to develop consensus among our diverse Valley residents on the future.  VRPA led a team of consultants, including Community Design & Architecture and Economic & Planning Systems to develop recommendations for each of the counties listed above with the ultimate goal of incorporating the counties’ recommendations into the Valleywide Blueprint Plan.  Using a bottom-up approach, the VRPA Team engaged each of the communities in a visioning process, which was incorporated into the valley-wide vision.  The Valley Blueprint process will ultimately be embraced by the local decision makers, so it was key to gain community support.  To ensure their involvement, local decision makers have been and will continue to be engaged so the finished products reflect community values and have local political and community support for implementation.   The Team also assisted with the land use and transportation modeling components of the Studies.  The land use modeling aspects were developed using UPLAN software.  The Team’s involvement in each of the counties varied from full development of the GIS database, UPLAN, and transportation modeling tasks to assistance with specific components.  Modeling was initiated in October 2006 with the visioning process completed in 2007.  The land use and transportation scenario development process was completed in 2008.  

VRPA also developed the draft framework of the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint ToolKit to implement the 12 Valleywide Blueprint Growth Principles approved by each of the eight counties involved.  The ToolKit was very preliminary and will require additional development to include case studies, local graphics and sample projects, applicability of ToolKit strategies to varying urban and rural communities, and legal issues.   The completed web-based ToolKit will be posted to the Blueprint website for use by COG or CTC staff, county planners, and other agency planners.