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In an effort to better address ever changing market demands and to implement the City's vision as outlined in the 2035 General Plan, the City is in the process of updating its Zoning Ordinance, last comprehensively in the early 1960s.  The zoning ordinance is the regulatory tool that outlines how development occurs. The code is required to implement and be consistent with the vision delineated in the General Plan. Since the adoption of the existing Zoning Ordinance in 1962, the City has adopted numerous General Plans but neglected to address the deficiencies in the Code. Although there have been several piecemeal efforts to make modifications, such amendments have resulted in a fragmented code that is often difficult to comprehend. Thus, a new code would incorporate contemporary planning and business practices, procedures, set objective criteria for new development and streamline the entitlement process while also incentivizing development by offering flexible property development standards.

The Zoning Ordinance update is a collaborative effort between City staff, private planning consultants, and a committee comprised of architects, engineers, urban designers, and planning consultants.  The Committee, or the Development Code Technical Advisory Committee generally meets every Wednesday at 3:00 at Fresno City Hall.  For additional information, please contact Arnoldo Rodriguez at 559.621.8172 or

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