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Community & Regional Planning Center

The Community and Regional Planning Center (CRPC) is a joint venture at Fresno State between the College of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and OCED. It serves as the administrator of the San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint Toolkit - an online repository of resources and tools for Valley planners - as well as a resource hub between the regional initiatives of its participating organizations (above). Through collaboration with numerous partners, CRPC links technical assistance providers to Valley communities and serves as an information hub and resource for planning-related knowledge and research, peer learning networks, and expertise.


News and Events

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 2020 blueprint awardsTo see past winners please follow this link! 


 2017 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards


The 2017 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards were presented at the 12th Annual San Joaquin Valley Policy Conference on March 10, 2017 in Fresno. The awards program recognizes outstanding achievements and practices in the built environment.


2017 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards Winner, Self-Help Enterprises

Self-Help Enterprises awarded the Award of Excellence in Residential Development for their Highland Gardens Affordable Rental Project

Nominations were solicited throughout the San Joaquin Valley in the following sustainable development categories: residential, commercial, downtown revitalization, transportation enhancement, and historic revitalization. Nominations were also sought for individuals who have shown enthusiasm and tenacity in promoting the smart-growth principles.


2017 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards Winner, City of Clovis

City of Clovis, recipients of Award of Excellence in Commercial Development for Dry Creek Business Park Phase II and Award of Merit in Downtown Revitalization-Large Jurisdiction for Centennial Plaza.

This year's recipients included:

Darrel Hildebrand Blueprint Leadership Award

  • Darius Assemi, Granville Homes, Inc.

Residential Development

  • Award of Excellence -Highland Gardens Affordable Rental Project | Self-Help Enterprises
  • Award of Merit - 541 @ South Tower | Fresno Housing Authority

Commercial Development

  • Award of Excellence - Dry Creek Business Park Phase II | City of Clovis

Downtown Revitalization-Small Jurisdiction

  • Award of Excellence - Rio Villas | Fresno Housing Authority

Downtown Revitalization-Large Jurisdiction

  • Award of Excellence - The Lede | Granville Homes, Inc.
  • Award of Merit - Centennial Plaza | City of Clovis

Historic Revitalization

  • Award of Excellence - The Belding Building | Ten Space

Transportation Enhancement

  • Award of Excellence - Multi-Phased Downtown Enhancement Project | City of Woodlake

 1612 City Lofts, City of Bakersfield

Earlier in the month, CRPC staff attended the 11th Annual San Joaquin Valley Fall Policy Conference to present the 2015 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards. The Blueprint Awards encourages quality in planning and development by recognizing and celebrating projects that reflect the Blueprint Principles. Categories included: Mixed Use, Residential, Downtown Revitalization, and Transportation Enhancement. In addition, the Darrel Hildebrand Blueprint Leadership Award was presented.


2015 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award winners 

Winners included:

    • Award of Excellence-City of Bakersfield and Viridian Group, 1612 City Lofts (Bakersfield)
    • Award of Excellence-City of Turlock and EAH Housing, Avena Bella (Turlock)
    • Award of Merit-California State University, Bakersfield, Student Housing Complex (Bakersfield)
    • Award of Excellence-Granville Homes, Brio on Broadway (Fresno)
    • Award of Merit-Ten Space, The Newberry Building (Stockton)
    • Award of Excellence-City of Clovis, Dry Creek Trailhead (Clovis)
    • Award of Merit-Caltrans (District 10), Bradley Overhead on Highway 140 (Merced)
    • San Joaquin Sustainable Communities Coalition (San Joaquin)

Town Hall Meeting

Above On July 29, 2015, OCED partnered with Cultiva la Salud to host a town hall meeting at the Orange Cove Community Center with over 60 participants, including city council members, the mayor, city manager, police department representatives, residents, and business owners. The purpose of the town hall meeting was to engage residents in a discussion about walkability and public health in Orange Cove. Through the community forum, participants learned about the realities of access to health food and the importance that walkability has on the health of the community.

Planners Who Lunch Speaker Series

Above Twenty Valley planners from Fresno, Madera, Sanger, Selma, and Visalia gathered on Tuesday, July 7 for the first Planners Who Lunch of the year. Planners Who Lunch is a quarterly, networking lunch speaker series hosted by the American Planning Association-CA Central Section and CRPC.


Dr. Sam Lankford

Above Dr. Sam Lankford, Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State, kicked off the lunch series with a presentation about the economic benefits of recreation development. Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in California, Oregon, and Hawaii, and specializes in tourism and recreation development. He is a member of the Urban and Regional Transformation Cohort at Fresno State.

The next quarterly lunch will be held in September. To receive updates on events from Valley planners, please contact Program Coordinator, Jenna Chilingerian at

 Orange Cove

Above Jenna Chilingerian, CRPC coordinator and John Gonzalez, program assistant presented a Walkability and Economic Development 101 Workshop to members of the Orange Cove Emerging Small Business class. The members of the class will be performing a walkability audit of the Orange Cove downtown business corridor in May as follow up to the presentation.

The Orange Cove Emerging Small Business class is part of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant that OCED's San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) administers. The class is taught by SJVRDC staff and meets twice a week over the course of five months. Topics include: E-Commerce, Cottage Food, Microloans, Web Development, Social Media, Quickbooks, Marketing Strategies, and Energy/Water Conservation.

 Mendota Farmers Market

Above Fresno State students tended a booth at a Mendota weekly Farmers' Market on April 15. A team of seven students created a community questionnaire and walkability assessment tool as part of their Recreation Administration Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism course. The tools created will supplement the CRPC's StreetsAlive: a Walking and Bicycling Audit Program in the cities of Avenal, Mendota, Orange Cove, and San Joaquin.


Mendota Farmers' Market 

Above Students handed out questionnaires to the public that asked a series of questions about the sidewalks, street connectivity and overall safety while walking and biking in the city of Mendota. A total of 45 surveys were collected (a 65% response rate). Ages of participants ranged from 10 to 64 years old. The students will present their findings as part of their class final and the questionnaire and walkability assessment tool template will be replicated throughout the Central Valley by CRPC.

For more information about StreetsAlive, click here.

Avenal Rotary Club

Above Jenna Chilingerian, CRPC coordinator and John Gonzalez, program assistant presented a Walkability Workshop on StreetsAlive: A Walking and Bicycling Audit program at the Avenal Rotary Club. For more information about StreetsAlive, click here.


Top. The Iron Bird Lofts in downtown Fresno combines living, retail and commercial space. This is an example of the City using mixed-use development to support smart growth principles by creating compact walkable communities. Iron Bird Lofts consists of 16 three-story townhomes, 48 lofts and 16 two-bedroom flats, ranging from 900 sq. ft. to 1,600 sq. ft.(Photo used with permission by Fresno Redevelopment Agency.)