Fresno COG Community Engagement Hub
Fresno COG’s new Engagement Hub provides detailed information about current programs and projects, providing opportunities to “Get Involved” with their planning processes. Visit the hub by clicking here.
2024 One Voice D.C. – March 16-20, 2024
Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG) began its “One Voice” effort in 2003 to seek federal funding for projects of broad, community benefit to Fresno County. For 16 years Fresno COG’s public-private delegation selected prioritized projects and visited Congressional and federal departmental representatives in Washington, D.C. to pursue funding and grant opportunities. Building on the broad-based coalition Fresno COG assembled, Congressional representatives and their staff welcomed and encouraged these face-to-face communications as a means of assisting federal representatives to identify, prioritize and shepherd much-needed projects and programs through the federal budgetary process.
At its September 28, 2023, meeting, the Policy Board directed staff to move forward with a 2023 One Voice Trip Call for Priorities. Any public or private entity is welcome to submit a priority for consideration by the One Voice Steering Committee and the Fresno COG Policy Board. Submitting entities must commit to sending or assigning a representative to Washington D.C. with the delegation to speak on the priorities’ behalf. Travel and trip costs will not be covered by Fresno COG. Trip cost estimates and Participant Reservation Forms will be released as soon as possible. Fresno COG is also seeking sponsors to help cover the costs of hosting and executing the trip.
Contact Fresno COG Deputy Director, Robert Phipps at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fresno COG staff member Brenda Thomas at email@example.com with any questions.
Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP)
Fresno COG received a $1 million planning grant from the EPA’s Climate Protection Reduction Grants (CPRG) program to conduct a comprehensive climate action planning process and prepare a Regional Climate Action Plan for the Fresno County region. The Regional Climate Action Plan will cover the 15 incorporated cities in Fresno County and the unincorporated Fresno County areas. The Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) is the first component of the Regional Climate Action Plan which includes a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, identification and quantification of priority GHG emissions reduction measures, a benefit analysis for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and identification of implementation authorities. Outreach to stakeholders and the general public, especially the low-income and disadvantaged communities, is also a required component of the PCAP. A Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) and Status Report will be developed after the PCAP, which will contain more detailed and robust technical analysis, a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) forecast, and targets for GHG reduction.
The DRAFT Priority Climate Action Plan is available for review through February 23, 2024.
The FINAL Priority Climate Action Plan that has gone through public comment and is anticipated for approval by the Policy Board on February 29, 2024 is available for review.
REAP 2.0 seeks to accelerate infill housing development, reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), increase housing supply at all affordability levels, affirmatively further fair housing, and facilitate the implementation of adopted regional and local plans to achieve these goals. The program was established as part of the 2021 California Comeback Plan under AB 140 and builds on the success of REAP 2019 but expands the program focus by integrating housing and climate goals, and allowing for broader planning and implementation investments, including infrastructure investments that support infill development that facilitates housing supply, choice, and affordability.
For Your Information:
Comment/question email address: If you are unsure of whom to contact at Fresno COG regarding programs, projects or COG meetings, you may email staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your communication will be routed to the appropriate staff member and responded to promptly.
Get involved through public meetings: Fresno COG’s standing or advisory boards, committees and commissions offer an excellent opportunity for expanding public participation opportunities during the transportation planning process. This is accomplished not only by active membership but by presentations made before them and attendance at the open meetings. Find out more about each group, who staffs them and how to get involved with the work they are doing by viewing our committees page which includes links to the meeting agendas at https://www.fresnocog.org/agenda.
Fresno COG’s 2020 Public Participation Plan: The PPP is a plan intended to give Fresno COG’s Policy Board and staff guidance in providing for public involvement and interagency consultation early and often during the regional planning process. It contains policies, guidelines, processes and procedures Fresno COG commits to implementing while seeking and fostering open public involvement during the decision-making process, regarding all matters within discretion. The PPP also identifies opportunities to be involved in the metropolitan transportation planning process.
- Fresno COG’s Public Participation Plan (link) – Under Revision for adoption in 2024. Public meetings will be held to discuss the update. If you would like to be notified regarding updates, email Brenda Thomas. at email@example.com (Click here).
- Appendix A: Fresno COG’s RTP Public Outreach Strategy and SCS Public Participation Plan
- Appendix-B: Tribal Consultation Plan
Fresno COG’s notice to the public regarding Title VI
Notifying the Public of Rights Under Title VI – In English and Spanish
- Fresno Council of Governments operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with the Fresno Council of Governments.
- Fresno Council of Governments opera sus programas y servicios sin distinción de raza, color y origen nacional, de conformidad con el Título VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles. Cualquier persona que cree o que ha sido perjudicada por una práctica discriminatoria ilegal bajo el Título VI, puede presentar una queja con Fresno Council of Governments.
For more information on Fresno Council of Governments civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 559-233-4148; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit our website at www.fresnocog.org. (click on “About COG” then the “Get Involved” tab)
A complaint may be filed directly with the Federal Transit administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor – TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590.
- If information is needed in another language, contact 559-233-4148.
- Si se necesita información en otro idioma, comuníquese con 559-233-4148.
(This notice is posted in the Fresno COG reception area and meeting rooms.)
Fresno COG has in place a Title VI Complaint Procedure, which outlines a process for local disposition of Title VI complaints and is consistent with guidelines found in Chapter VII of the Federal Transit Administration Circular 4702.1, dated May 26, 1988.