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Since the City’s incorporation over 100 years ago in 1912, Clovis remains a community that values its citizens, its way of life, and its future as a leader and innovator in the San Joaquin Valley. This General Plan continues this tradition by building on the strengths of previous planning efforts, staying true to the community’s values and vision, and addressing future needs in a changing world.
This plan focuses on the preservation and enhancement of the existing Clovis community while allowing the continued development of three Urban Centers to ensure the long-term viability of the Clovis we know and love. The Urban Centers—key components that are carried forward from the 1993 plan—are unique sub-communities of Clovis that enable the City to grow while maintaining authentic, small town character and overall livability.
Another important focus of this General Plan is to provide a document that is approachable and easy to use. This plan focuses on providing clear, consistent, and substantive goals and policy direction to guide community members, staff, and elected officials when making decisions about Clovis’ future.
A City that is committed to the Clovis Community Family, their needs, their values, and a quality way of life for all; reflecting that commitment in how it develops and in the activities it undertakes.
Community Values and Guiding Principles
One word symbolizes Clovis of the past, present, and future more than any other: FAMILY—not only the conventional definition, but all of the individuals and households who make Clovis their home or work place. In other words: The Clovis Community Family.
The physical place called Clovis will continue to reflect the central value of The Community Family as it moves through this century. The Vision for Clovis is the building block of our neighborhoods, schools, and civic institutions and provides the motivation for everything the City and its leaders do jointly to shape the future.
The Clovis Community Family idea embraces the following guiding principles:
Small Town Character
Preserve the authenticity of Old Town and plan new development that creates a sense of community and place.
Support access to superior lifelong education for all Clovis residents.
Create a sustainable community through incorporating long-term thinking into short-term decision-making.
Create housing, employment, and lifestyle opportunities for all ages and incomes of residents.
Strengthen social networks that create pride and a commitment to action within the Clovis community.
Public Parks, Open Space & Trails
Use and design public open space resources for trails, parks, and recreation where people live, work, and play.
Foster stewardship as a primary means of conserving and enhancing natural resources, and promoting connections to the Sierra.
Foster economic growth.
Support regional efforts to work interconnectedly to improve the economy and the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley.
These principals shaped the Clovis of today and remain valid for guiding its future. The dynamics of growth will make some dimensions of our vision easier to achieve and others more difficult. Through this Vision for Clovis, the citizens of Clovis acknowledge their ownership of these beliefs and express a unity of purpose in sustaining them.
With this Vision as its foundation, the task of the General Plan is to answer the question, “How can Clovis continue to grow and sustain the values that make it special?”