In The News: Editorial In Support of Westlake Master Planned Community in Fresno
On December 10th the Fresno Bee Newspaper published an editorial in support of the Westlake Master Planned Community in Fresno. The editorial describes the benefits the 430 acre, 2.600 home community would bring to the area. The article states that: ”
This part of Fresno is in dire need of private investment and upscale housing. Through the decades, our leaders have failed the area by failing to properly plan its transition from being county farmland to becoming the city’s new western edge. Ranch-style residences, typically on 3-acre plots, are interspersed among entry-level housing tracts. Roads are inadequate, bus service doesn’t extend to everyone and some people travel great distances to shop or attend school.
Westlake is an opportunity to bring much-needed amenities and cohesion to the area. Its walking trails, for example, will be available for use to the public. The planned stores will cut down travel for shoppers and, lest it be forgotten, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s indirect-source fee adopted in 2005 requires builders to reduce pollution caused by new development or pay stiff fees to fund mitigation programs.”
The article also points out that critics say the project will increase traffic on underdeveloped roads, will increase urban sprawl, and will worsen air pollution.
Here are two other articles about the Westlake Master Planned Community: