General Plan Review & Zoning Ordinance Update

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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.

 

GENERAL PLAN REVIEW

In June 2006, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to initiate a Review of the 2000 General Plan (Review) along with the comprehensive update of the Zoning Ordinance. The project was to be accomplished in three phases. Phase one of the Review was completed in July of 2008 and in September of 2008 work on phases two and three started.

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. However, based on the public testimony, the Board directed staff 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.

 

RELEASE OF DRAFT DOCUMENTS
The public Review draft of the Background Report, Policy Document and the Zoning Ordinance Update are released for public review on January 26, 2018. Members of the public can provide comments on the draft documents.

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)

 UPCOMING EVENTS:Please note that the dates mentioned below are tentative and subject to change.

NOTICE OF PREPARATION (NOP) FOR PROGRAM EIR
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. To review the NOP, click here.

Comments received from agencies, organizations and the public are available. To review the comments, click here.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PUBLIC HEARING 
A public hearing will be conducted before the Board of Supervisors, tentatively scheduled for August 21, 2018. Staff will discuss comments received in response to the release of the draft General Plan Policy Document and Background Report, Zoning Ordinance Update and NOP and solicit direction.

PREPARATION OF THE PEIR
At the conclusion of the Board hearing, documents may be revised, if warranted, and preparation of the PEIR will begin. 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 (45-day review period).

PREPARATION OF THE FINAL PEIR
The Final PEIR for the project will respond to comments received during the review period and will make corrections to the PEIR , if warranted.

PREPARATION OF THE FINAL DRAFT GENERAL PLAN DOCUMENTS AND ZONING ORDINANCE
Based on the environmental analysis, final drafts of the General Plan documents and the Zoning Ordinance will be prepared to be presented to the decision making bodies.

PLANNING COMMISSION 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 for a recommendation for certification of the PEIR and approval of the revised General Plan documents and the Zoning Ordinance.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 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 hearing. The Board may choose to certify the PEIR and approve revisions to the General Plan documents and the Zoning Ordinance or direct staff to take other actions as deemed necessary.

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

We welcome your feedback and comments. To provide comments, click here.

To speak to someone at the Policy Planning Unit, please call: 
Phone - (559) 600-4022
Office hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm