Fresno Hosting a “Smart Growth Conference”

This weak, Fresno will be hosting a series of talks about smart growth and transportation in Fresno County.

According to the website, the goal is as follows:

“The purpose of the Public Transportation Infrastructure Study (PTIS) is to identify strategies for land use and transportation investments that will result in measurable reductions in vehicle miles traveled and provide increased mobility for County residents.”

Wednesday, March 2, Noon to 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fresno Art Museum Auditorium
2233 N. First St.
Fresno, CA

The schedule looks pretty interesting:

Noon Registration
12:30 p.m. “Building From the Blueprint” – Michael McCoy, Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, UC Davis
1 p.m. “Meeting SB375 in the San Joaquin Valley” – Jerry Walters, Fehr & Peers
2 p.m. “The True Cost of Growth on the Urban Fringe” – Dena Belzer, Founder and President, Strategic Economics, Berkeley
3 p.m. “Transit Supportive Density for the Fresno Market” – Glen Bolen, Vice President of Fregonese and Associates, Portland
4 p.m. “Alternative Financing Options for TOD” – Dena Belzer, Principal, Strategic Economics

Thursday, March 3
8 a.m. “Land Use Densities to Justify the Transit Investment: The MTC Experience” –
Doug Johnson, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
9 a.m. “Form Based Codes to Support the Transit Investment” – Tony Perez, Principal, Raimi
Associates, urban planning, Los Angeles
10 a.m. “Transit Financing Plan for Fresno” – Nancy Whelan, Whelan Consulting, financial
planning consultants, San Francisco
11 a.m. “Transit Options for Rural Communities” – Ron Hughes, Executive Director of
CalVans, and Suzanne Martinez, Valley Rides Coordinator for Fresno COG Noon-3 p.m. “Implementing Smart Growth Strategies – What Works for Fresno?” – Lunch and group discussion

From what I understand, it is open to the public. Only the lunch discussion requires an RSVP. I will try to make the Wednesday sessions.

The flyer for the event can be seen here:

The full website can be seen here:

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