development http://kvpr.org en Swearengin: Time To Fix Fresno Neighborhoods 'On The Brink' http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-time-fix-fresno-neighborhoods-brink <p>Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin&nbsp;joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities for the city and some of the biggest issues facing local residents, from homelessness to city finances to public safety. Here are some highlights from our conversation:</p><p><strong>On plans to raise water rates to pay for a new surface water treatment plant and replace aging infrastructure:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:48:31 +0000 Joe Moore 26304 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin: Time To Fix Fresno Neighborhoods 'On The Brink' New Downtown Arts Complex Brings Momentum to 'M Street' http://kvpr.org/post/new-downtown-arts-complex-brings-momentum-m-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past decade, downtown Fresno's arts scene has blossomed with new galleries and studios, not to mention live-work lofts and an area filled with public art that's been dubbed the mural district.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:35:47 +0000 Joe Moore 24089 at http://kvpr.org New Downtown Arts Complex Brings Momentum to 'M Street' Planned Farm At Running Horse Site Draws Opposition From West Fresno Residents http://kvpr.org/post/planned-farm-running-horse-site-draws-opposition-west-fresno-residents <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a dozen West Fresno residents and advocates gathered in front of Fresno City Hall today to express their disapproval of a text amendment that would pave the way for Granville Homes to plant a 360-acre almond orchard in their neighborhood.</span></p><p>Among them was Venise Curry, a West Fresno resident and physician. She&rsquo;s concerned the proposed operation could expose residents to dust and pesticides, and harm their air and water.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:02:49 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 22802 at http://kvpr.org Planned Farm At Running Horse Site Draws Opposition From West Fresno Residents Amended CEQA Bill Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/amended-ceqa-bill-passes-legislature <p class="p1">Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s pleased with the California Environmental Quality Act changes he pushed through at the end of this year’s session – and he won’t be carrying a broader CEQA overhaul next year.</p><p class="p3">“It's always easy to say, oh, it wasn't everything that somebody else thinks it should be.&nbsp; Well, I thought what was presented last year went way too far.&nbsp; So I think this is an excellent result and represents real, responsible reform," says Steinberg.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:39:36 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21545 at http://kvpr.org Amended CEQA Bill Passes Legislature Olivier Pushes Law to Waive Fees for Infill Development in Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/olivier-pushes-law-waive-fees-infill-development-fresno <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Jump-starting infill development is the focus of a new city ordinance being advanced today by Fresno City Councilmember Clint Olivier. </span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">His draft ordinance, called the&nbsp;</span>Best Utilization of Infill Land Development Act, or BUILD, would eliminate some development fees for new residential&nbsp; construction on small vacant lots within the city.</p><p class="p1">It would waive fees that go to pay for police, fire, traffic and parks services. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 01:07:20 +0000 Joe Moore 17127 at http://kvpr.org Olivier Pushes Law to Waive Fees for Infill Development in Fresno New Google Tool Shows Remarkable Timelapse of Fresno Growth Since 1984 http://kvpr.org/post/new-google-tool-shows-remarkable-timelapse-fresno-growth-1984 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new </span><a href="http://earthengine.google.org/#timelapse/v=36.80092,-119.77041,10.177,latLng&amp;t=0.47" style="line-height: 1.5;">timelapse tool</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> released this month by Google provides Fresno residents with a stark reminder of just how quickly much of the city's nearby agriculture land has been replaced by homes, shopping centers and freeways.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 20:21:55 +0000 Joe Moore 15057 at http://kvpr.org New Google Tool Shows Remarkable Timelapse of Fresno Growth Since 1984 Fight Over Key Environmental Law Heats Up In Sacramento http://kvpr.org/post/fight-over-key-environmental-law-heats-sacramento <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What some see as California’s most important environmental law, others see as an economic impediment. The 43-year-old California Environmental Quality Act, or </span>CEQA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, guides almost every development project in the state. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jerry Brown and many lawmakers say it’s time to modernize it. But As Amy Quinton reports, how to do that is a question with no easy answers.</span></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:58:40 +0000 Amy Quinton 10624 at http://kvpr.org Fight Over Key Environmental Law Heats Up In Sacramento UC Merced Chancellor Calls For Off-Campus Growth http://kvpr.org/post/uc-merced-chancellor-calls-campus-growth <p>UC Merced may be less than a decade old, but the struggling economy and environmental concerns are already leading campus officials to explore the possibility of directing some of the university&#39;s future growth to off-campus locations.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 23:06:55 +0000 Joe Moore 1804 at http://kvpr.org UC Merced Chancellor Calls For Off-Campus Growth