You are here: Home » California’s New Vision » Around the State » San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

almond orchard


The San Joaquin Valley adopted its Sustainable Communities Strategy, called “Valley Visions San Joaquin,” in June 2014, and ClimatePlan is now monitoring its implementation.

Find out more about Valley Visions San Joaquin here.

Sign up for ClimatePlan’s email updates on the San Joaquin Valley and the state: Email us with Subject: “subscribe”


Quick Fact

More centrally located homes can dramatically reduce household driving and utility costs. By building new homes in areas that are already close to jobs, services, and amenities, Valley households could spend $3,600 less per year on auto-related costs and utility bills by 2035.

— Vision California Rapid Fire Model, San Joaquin Valley Regional Results, Calthorpe Associates

Regional Overview

The San Joaquin Valley, often referred to as California’s heartland, is also the fastest-growing region in the state and was the hardest hit by the economic downturn. Communities in the Valley struggle with poor air quality and rising levels of childhood asthma, obesity, and diabetes. Improving air quality in the Valley will be one of the most significant benefits of successfully implementing SB 375.

The eight counties that make up the San Joaquin Valley include a population of just over 4 million people. The population is expected to grow to more than 7.5 million residents by 2050.

The Valley has eight county Councils of Government (COGs), listed below, responsible for regional planning; they work together, but each develops its own Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Fresno Council of Governments,
Kern Council of Governments,
Kings County Association of Governments,
Madera County Transportation Commission,
Merced County Association of Governments,
San Joaquin Council of Governments,
Stanislaus Council of Governments,
Tulare County Association of Governments,

What They’re Saying

“Agriculture is such an important part of the San Joaquin Valley’s economy, but farmland is shrinking at an alarming rate. SB 375 is a step in the right direction for the Valley. By focusing new growth within existing city centers, we can preserve valuable farmland and use less water. We owe it to future generations to protect our most precious resources.”

— Jeff Steen, citrus grower in the Lindsay-Strathmore area

SB375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets:
– 2020: 5% per-capita reduction from 2005 level
– 2035: 10% per-capita reduction from 2005 level

To get involved and learn more, see the websites of partner groups below. Contact ClimatePlan for help getting connected.


Partners in the Region

American Farmland Trust
California Coalition for Rural Housing
California Rural Legal Assistance
Catholic Charities – Stockton Diocese
Central Valley Air Quality Coalition
El Concilio
Fresno-Madera Medical Society
Fresno Metro Ministry
Latino Community Roundtable
Local Government Commission
Sierra Club – Tehipite Chapter
Sierra Nevada Alliance





Copyright © ClimatePlan 2011
Website Design and development by Digital Gear