The public facilities and services element defines the nature and types of public facilities, services, and activities necessary to maintain a high quality of life in Clovis. 

Key Issues

The primary issue for the public facilities and services element is to align funding resources with the level of service the community expects. The City also seeks to maintain public safety, quality of schools, and other valued public facilities which make Clovis the premier community in the San Joaquin Valley. New with this General Plan is a focus on community health and well-being.

The basic sewer and water systems are shown in Figure PF-1 and Figure PF-2 The systems shown represent the current master plans and are largely based on the 1993 General Plan. The master plans for each system will be updated and adopted on a periodic basis.


OVERARCHING GOAL: A full range of high quality public services that sustains Clovis as the preeminent community in the Central Valley.

Policy 1.1: New development. New development shall pay its fair share of public facility and infrastructure improvements. 

Policy 1.2: Water supply. Require that new development demonstrate contractual and actual sustainable water supplies adequate for the new development’s demands. 

Policy 1.3: Annexation. Prior to annexation, the city must find that adequate water supply and service and wastewater treatment and disposal capacity can be provided for the proposed annexation. Existing water supplies must remain with the land and be transferred to the City upon annexation approval.

Policy 1.4: Development-funded facilities. The City may require developments to install onsite or offsite facilities that are in excess of a development’s fair share. However, the City shall establish a funding mechanism for future development to reimburse the original development for the amount in excess of the fair share costs.

Policy 1.5: Recycled water. Use recycled water to reduce the demands for new water supplies. Support the expansion of recycled water infrastructure throughout Clovis and require new development to install recycled water infrastructure where feasible. 

Policy 1.6: Master plans. Periodically update water, recycled water, wastewater, and stormwater master plans and require all new development to be consistent with the current master plans.

Policy 1.7: Groundwater. Stabilize groundwater levels by requiring that new development water demands not exceed the sustainable groundwater supply.

Policy 1.8: Water facility protection. Protect existing and future water, wastewater, and recycled water facilities from encroachment by incompatible land uses that may be allowed through discretionary land use permits or changes in land use or zoning designations.

Policy 2.1: Minimize landfill disposal of solid waste. Promote solid waste source reduction, reuse, and recycling; composting; and the environmentally-safe transformation of wastes.

Policy 2.2: Waste diversion rate. Meet the state’s current and future waste diversion goals through the city’s recycling and diversion programs.

Policy 2.3: Expanded recycling. Increase recycling by commercial, industrial, and multifamily generators. 

Policy 2.4: Green and household hazardous materials waste. Encourage citywide participation in green waste reduction and household hazardous waste disposal programs. 

Policy 2.5: Clovis landfill. Maintain at least 15 years of ongoing landfill capacity. 

Policy 2.6: Solid waste facility encroachment. Protect existing or planned solid waste facilities from encroachment by incompatible land uses that may be allowed through discretionary land use permits or changes in land use or zoning designations.

Policy 3.1: Academic excellence. Advocate for the continued pursuit of academic excellence in schools serving the Clovis community.

Policy 3.2: School location. Coordinate with the school districts to locate primary school facilities to maximize access, walkability, and safety while minimizing impacts to surrounding neighborhoods. Continue to foster the campus approach when siting secondary schools.

Policy 3.3: Educational partners. Partner with educational institutions throughout the region to expand the range and quality of educational offerings available to the community.

Policy 3.4: Joint use of facilities. Partner with public and private educational institutions to jointly use facilities for both civic and educational purposes.

Policy 3.5: Workforce training. Collaborate with industrial organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to create opportunities for workforce training.

Policy 4.1: Cultural facilities. Encourage the establishment of a broad range of facilities and events that expose Clovis residents to a variety of cultures, the arts, history, and technology.

Policy 4.2: Libraries and community centers. Design and program libraries and community centers as focal points for community engagement and information for residents of all ages and abilities.

Policy 4.3: Lifelong learning. Enhance and expand Clovis’ library facilities to meet the evolving educational and lifelong learning needs of the community. Coordinate with local educational institutions to offer courses and learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Policy 4.4: Recreation programs. Provide and/or sponsor recreational programs and services that are accessible and affordable to residents of all ages and abilities and encourage active and healthy living.

Policy 4.5: Youth programs. Coordinate with public and private schools, local nonprofits, service clubs, and other agencies to provide opportunities for youth to explore and enjoy sports, creative and performing arts, future career paths, civic activities, and volunteer opportunities.

Policy 4.6: Senior programs. Collaborate with service providers to provide a wide variety of senior services and programs, including daily opportunities for seniors to have physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation.

Policy 4.7: Childcare and childhood development. Encourage efforts to expand the overall capacity of and access to local childcare and early childhood development centers.

Policy 4.8: Access to community facilities. Improve transit connections to community facilities for people who are transit-dependent.

Policy 5.1: Community education. Provide and/or support the provision of campaigns that motivate healthy lifestyles and teach residents about the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating habits. Emphasize abuse prevention education for children in coordination with schools and the fire department.

Policy 5.2: School meal program. Encourage the school districts to provide healthy food choices and minimize the sale of unhealthy food options and ingredients.

Policy 5.3: Healthy and local food venues. Encourage stores and restaurants to offer and promote healthy food options, with a focus on undeserved areas and areas near schools. Support incentives that encourage the development of retail venues that sell local, fresh produce.

Policy 5.4: Restrict unhealthy options. Discourage new liquor and tobacco stores and fast food restaurants near schools, neighborhoods, and in areas with an existing high concentration of such stores.

Policy 5.5: Health and social services. Support the permitting of sites for and services from organizations providing a broad range of health, prevention, and treatment services that reach individuals and families commensurate with the needs in Clovis. Locations of sites should be consistent with the Development Code.

Policy 5.6: Healthy workplace. Encourage building design and employee programs and policies that maintain and improve the health, well-being, and productivity of employees.

Policy 5.7: Multiagency coordination. Coordinate the activities and communications between code enforcement, fire, police, and public health agencies in the City of Clovis and County of Fresno to proactively identify and ameliorate hazardous building and living conditions that create chronic health problems.

Policy 5.8: Access to medical facilities. Work with healthcare providers to improve transit connections to local and regional healthcare facilities for people who are transit dependent.

Policy 5.9: Proximity to emergency medical services. Require senior care facilities and other services providers that may need frequent emergency medical services to locate in proximity to fire stations and medical service providers.

Policy 6.1: Fire and police service. Maintain staffing, facilities, and training activities to effectively respond to emergency and general public service calls. 

Policy 6.2: Resource allocation. Periodically conduct service level studies to analyze crime and emergency service performance data, to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and reduction strategies, and to allocate resources accordingly.

Policy 6.3: Emergency medical calls. Explore options to lessen the demand on fire and police services or expand reimbursement programs to ensure the service pays for measured impacts.

Policy 6.4: Skilled medical facilities. Consider options to offset or apportion the higher cost of providing emergency medical service to facilities with existing skilled medical personnel on staff.

Policy 6.5: Public safety hot spots. Prioritize improvement and enforcement activities to minimize existing and prevent future public safety hot spots. Reevaluate siting and development standards for facilities that generate high demands for service calls.

Policy 6.6: Interagency support. Participate in mutual aid system and automatic aid agreements to back up and supplement capabilities to respond to emergencies.

Policy 6.7: Interagency communications. Maintain an effective communication system between emergency service providers within Clovis and neighboring jurisdictions. 

Policy 6.8: Emergency preparedness planning. Maintain an emergency operations plan, an emergency operations center, and a hazard mitigation plan to prepare for actual or threatened conditions of disaster or extreme peril.

Policy 6.9: Community outreach. Conduct outreach in the community to promote personal and public safety in daily life and in cases of emergency. Regularly update and inform the public on the real levels of crime and safety to strengthen their perceived sense of personal security.