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Land Use and Water Planning

The San Joaquin River is at the center of the debate over how we grow into the future. Will the river and its wildlife resources survive as the centerpiece of a new development area? How will we adapt water plans to meet the changing needs of California's cities and agriculture?

Blueprint Summit to address long-range planning issues


The San Joaquin Valley Blueprint is holding a Blueprint Summit on January 26, 2009 ( to discuss the progress of the valleywide planning process in Fresno. The Blueprint is a joint planning effort of the Great Valley Center and the eight valley county Council of Governments. The Blueprint is setting land-use goals and preferred valley-wide growth scenarios that will accomodate a rapidly growing population. The Summit will be a culmination of years of planning work and allow the public to comment and select a preferred growth scenario.

While the process is essential to a coordinated land-use and transportation plan for the valley, there is also great potential for establishing meaningful growth strategies that protect the San Joaquin River, local agriculture, valuable resource lands, and other important land-uses that enrich our economy and quality of life.

Friends of Lost Lake oppose Closure of Lost Lake Park

On January 27th, 2009, the Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the mid-year fiscal status of the County which will include looking at all County parks and reviewing the potential to close the parks. This will no doubt address the potential closure of Lost Lake Park as has been alluded to in recent Board meetings concerning the Lost Lake Master Plan process, a planning process funded by the San Joaquin River Conservancy. The Friends of Lost Lake is a group formed to rekindle an appreciation for Lost Lake County Park.

Settlement deal clears path for Rio Mesa work

Environmentalists, developers approve plan. Wednesday, Jan.

Revive the San Joaquin Files Lawsuits Against Madera Developments

On December 8th the County of Madera approved two large-scale developments in Eastern Madera County near the San Joaquin River. Revive the San Joaquin has filed suit against the approvals of the Tesoro Viejo and the Northshore at Millerton Specific Plans.  Revive the San Joaquin joined a coalition with the Dumna Tribal Council and the Madera Oversight Coalition ( to enforce compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other state, federal, and local regulations.

Responsible Planning and Land-use decisions for the San Joaquin River Corridor

Intensive land-use practices and proposed urbanization of lands surrounding the San Joaquin River threaten the river’s historical/cultural resources, water quality, the fish and wildlife populations, and increase the potential for flood damage.  Proposed projects are not consistent with land-use and water plans and fail to identify many individual and cumulative impacts, creating potential for significant local and regional environmental and economic impairments.  As well, respo

Madera County new town advances, but litigation nears (2004)

California Planning & Development Report,  May, 2004  by Paul Shigley


A long-proposed new town in Madera County, north of Fresno, appears to be inching closer to reality. This month, the Madera County Board of Supervisors expects to give final approval to the 1,800-acre River Ranch Estates, a proposed housing subdivision within a designated 15,000-acre growth area known as Rio Mesa.


Madera projects beset by lawsuits

Environmental groups, Fresno Co. and school district sue this week.

Friday, Jan. 09, 2009
By Chris Collins / The Fresno Bee

Fresno County to sue over Rio Mesa development

Supervisors have change of heart about project in Madera County.

The Fresno County grand jury - Building Moratorium until Water Proven

California Planning & Development Report, July, 2005 The Fresno County grand jury has recommended the county implement a building moratorium "until proven water sources are located, developed and preserved." The mid-June report arrived just as a newly formed water advisory committee got started on a plan to bring together water agencies, developers, civic leaders and local government officials.

Jensen Ranch gets river property

Judge approves transfer of Madera County land after much wrangling.

Watch streaming video of the Feb 4 debate on water issues at Fresno State, moderated by U.S District Judge Oliver Wanger.

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