land use

Jeffrey Hess/KVPR

After decades of complaints from residents, a vote this week by the Fresno City Council could signal what some think is a new direction for southwest Fresno. The city is considering a new specific plan that will guide the future of the 3,000 acre neighborhood west of Highway 99 and south of Highway 180. At its heart is a goal to remake the area, and reduce pollution by telling big industrial facilities to move elsewhere. When she was a little girl, Kimberly McCoy lived near some of the heavy...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Fresno City Council approved a new general plan last night that for the first time attempts to but the brakes on suburban sprawl. Over the next two decades, the plan calls for about half of the city's future growth to take place within the existing city limits and the rest in new growth areas like west of Highway 99 and in Southeast Fresno. Mayor Ashley Swearengin called the council's 5-2 vote historic, and a new direction for the city. Swearengin: "A direction that focuses on our...

California High Speed Rail Authority

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors reversed course on Tuesday morning, voting to officially oppose California's controversial high speed rail project. The 3-2 vote comes just days after contractors working for the rail authority began demolishing buildings in Fresno to make way for the train. Since 2007, the county has officially held a position in support of the project, though in 2012 the supervisors sent a letter to the authority that was critical of the effort. The board also voted to...

The California Supreme Court appears poised to leave intact the right of local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Ben Adler has more on the court’s oral arguments today in a case involving a dispensary and the city of Riverside. Here’s the core question for the justices in this case: Do state laws that allow the use of medical marijuana trump the long-standing powers of local governments to make their own land use and zoning decisions? Many justices appeared skeptical. Here’s...