Visalia’s Highland Gardens won a 2017 Blueprint award on March 10th – Highland Gardens is a 36 two and three bedroom apartment community complete with a playground, community center and community garden. This apartment community also features energy star appliances, a solar power systems and water conservation components.
City of Woodlake’s Downtown Revitalization project also won a 2017 Blueprint award. This project brought new street lamps, sidewalks, landscaping, and crosswalks which attracted new businesses to the city.
The Blueprint Awards highlight on the ground, existing projects that exemplify the Blueprint Principles. There are 12 Smart Growth Principles that represent the core values of the Valley and are used as the basis of future Blueprint Planning and implementation.
The adopted 12 Smart Growth Principles are:
1.Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
2.Create walkable neighborhoods
3.Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration
4.Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
5.Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost-effective
6.Mix land uses
7.Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
8.Provide a variety of transportation choices
9.Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
10.Take advantage of compact building design
11.Enhance the economic vitality of the region
12.Support actions that encourage environmental resource management