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Welcome to the General Plan Review and Zoning Ordinance Update website page. This website page provides up-to-date information on the Fresno County General Plan Review and Zoning Ordinance Update process.

Please be advised that the webpage can be translated into different languages using the feature located on the top right corner "Select Language".

GENERAL PLAN REVIEW

In June 2006, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to initiate a Review of the 2000 General Plan along with the comprehensive update of the Zoning Ordinance.  A final Draft of the Revised Policy Document was presented to the Board for adoption at a public hearing that was held on September 30, 2014, at which time staff received direction to update the General Plan Background Report and prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan Review and the Zoning Ordinance Update project.

Information regarding the 2000 General Plan can be found here: 2000 General Plan

On April 14, 2020 the Board of Supervisors approved a Revised Scope of Work for the General Plan Review and the Zoning Ordinance Update.  The revised scope takes into consideration changes in state law and provides for additional opportunities for public input.  

Information regarding the revised scope of work can be found here: General Plan Update Scope of Work

PUBLIC OUTREACH

During the General Plan Review and Zoning Ordinance Update process, County staff will be preparing newsletters to provide an overview of the progress being made and the direction being pursued. The newsletter will be updated and will provide information on the General Plan, its content, the current status of the project and future events. .

View the last newsletter prepared here: Current Newsletter.

RELEASE OF DRAFT DOCUMENTS

The public review draft of the Background Report, Policy Document and the Zoning Ordinance were released for public review on January 26, 2018. Members of the public provided comments on the draft documents. The draft revised documents can be accessed at the links below.

General Plan Policy Document - Public Review Draft (December 2017)

General Plan Background Report - Public Review Draft (December 2017)

Zoning Ordinance - Public Review Draft (December 2017) 

NOTICE OF PREPARATION (NOP) FOR PROGRAM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (PEIR)

Based on the revised Scope of Work, the NOP for the PEIR will be revised with new scoping meetings forthcoming.  Previously, the NOP for the PEIR was prepared and released for public review. The public review period started on March 21, 2018 and ended on May 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM. . NOP Review here.

Staff and the PEIR consultant conducted two scoping meetings on March 26, 2018 to solicit comments from the public. Comments received from agencies, organizations and the public are available. 

Review comments for NOP and PEIR here.

PREPARATION OF THE PEIR

The preparation of the PEIR is underway. An Administrative Draft PEIR will be prepared for County staff’s review and comment.

PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT PEIR 

Based on comments received from staff, a Public Review Draft PEIR will be prepared for public review and comments. (Release date to be determined) 

PREPARATION OF THE REVISED DRAFT GENERAL PLAN DOCUMENTS AND ZONING ORDINANCE

Based on the environmental analysis, public review drafts of the General Plan documents and Zoning Ordinance will be prepared. (Release date to be determined)

PREPARATION OF THE FINAL PEIR

The Final PEIR for the project will respond to comments received during the public review period and will make revisions to the PEIR, if warranted.

PLANNING COMMISSION WORKSHOP AND PUBLIC HEARING 

The Final Draft General Plan documents and the Zoning Ordinance along with the Draft and Final PEIR will be presented to the Planning Commission at a public workshop. Following the workshop, the documents will be presented to the Commission for consideration and for a recommendation for certification of the PEIR and adoption of the revised General Plan documents and the Zoning Ordinance.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WORKSHOP AND PUBLIC HEARING

The Final Draft General Plan documents and the Zoning Ordinance along with the Draft and Final PEIR and the recommendations of the Planning Commission will be presented to the Board of Supervisors at a public workshop. Following the workshop, the documents will be presented to the Board for certification of the PEIR  and adoption of the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance at a public hearing.

ADDITIONAL PROJECT INFORMATION

In addition to information provided above, a chart of the project phases can be viewed here.

We welcome your feedback and comments. Provide Comments here.

To speak to someone in the Policy Planning Unit, please call:  Phone - (559) 600-4230

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