Two months have passed since the dramatic Fresno City Council meetings on April 5th and 19th that resulted in forwarding the General Plan Update (GPU) “Alternative A,” a model uniquely different from previous plans. Since then, many inquiries have been made asking how such a turn in public policy was accomplished.
What happened at those meetings? How has the City of Fresno, previously known for its sprawling residential developments, moved forward with a smart growth plan that promotes downtown revitalization, infill and transit-oriented development, and saves prime farmland and open space? How were the people mobilized?