Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Valley Planner's Network?

The Valley Planner's Network provides a forum for interested professional planners throughout the Valley to stay  engaged and up to date on valley-wide planning events and activities. Originally formed in 2006 as a professional review panel to provide input and feedback for the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint planning process; the Network continues to seek and encourage feedback from local and regional planning professionals regarding planning activities and to strengthen planning connections in the Valley. Members of the Valley Planner's Network play an active role in peer review and discussion of existing and proposed tools included in the on-line Blueprint Planner's Toolkit (toolkit.valleyblueprint.org).  The overall goal is to provide local agency staff additional resources to stay informed, provide planning input at the regional level and increase their abilities to serve their communities more effectively.

With the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint now in its implementation phase and the valley Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPOs) working on their respective Regional Transportation Plan's (RTPs) and Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCSs), understanding of regional planning efforts and how they serve and affect local agencies is vital. 

How is the Valley Planner's Network organized?

The Chair of the Valley Planner's Network is John Wright; former Planning and Development Services Director for the City of Clovis and current Principal of Planning Wright consulting services. With over three decades of local and regional planning experience, John brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and leadership abilities to the group, providing a strong voice for the day-to-day needs of the practicing planner.

The Networks vice chair is Fred Brusuelas, AICP, Chief Planner for Tulare County. Fred brings over forty years of experience in local government and private sector land use planning knowledge to the group.  He is a former Planning Director for the cities of Visalia, Reedley and Selma. 

The administrative activities related to the organization of the group are handled by the Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG). Valley Planner Network meetings are held quarterly at the Fresno COG offices (2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201 Fresno, CA 93721), typically scheduled the last Wednesday of the calendar month. These meetings are accessible by teleconference.

How can I be involved?

Activity within the Valley Planner's Network is open to all planners throughout the San Joaquin Valley.  Current and past agendas, attachments and presentations can be found below.  To be added to the Valley Planner's Network mailing list, to receive updates and briefings; or for additional information, please Rob Terry with Fresno COG at rterry@fresnocog.org, or via phone (559) 233-4148 Ext. 222.