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.

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 (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 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) 

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.

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. To review the comments, click here.

PUBLIC OUTREACH
County Staff is conducting community meeting in each supervisorial district during the months of November and December of 2018 to inform the public of the project and to solicit comments.  The public is encouraged to attend one or all of the meetings and be part of the process. View the meeting flyer and schedule here (English), (Spanish).

Newsletter: 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 current newsletter will provide information on the General Plan, its content, the current status of the project and future events. View the current newsletter, click here.

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

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 (45-day review period). (Spring/Summer 2019) 

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. (Summer/Fall 2019)

PUBLIC OUTREACH
Community meetings will be conducted to solicit comments on the PEIR, General Plan and Zoning Ordinance documents. (Summer/Fall 2019)

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. (Fall/Winter 2019)

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. (Fall/Winter 2019)

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. (Fall/Winter 2019)

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) 600-4230
Office hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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