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Citywide Development Code Update

City Council Review Draft REDLINE - November 9, 2015

Update to Exhibit D, Revision November 18, 2015


The Planning Commission and City Council Draft of the Development Code, which incorporates public comments on Public Review Draft and other improvements, is now available for download. A proposed zoning map is also available.

1. Text: Clean Version
2. Text: Redline Version
3. Proposed Zoning Map
4. Planning Commission Changes

Additional materials are also available to help explain  how the new Development Code would work, and to explain what has changed since the March 31 Public Review Draft.

User's Guide to the New Development Code
Valley Code Comparison
Response to Comments
Summary of Major Changes

Hardcopies of the Development Code are available at the 3rd Floor permit counter at City Hall and all public library branches within the City of Fresno.

The Planning Commission reviewed the draft on September 30, 2015. City Council workshops and hearings have been scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, November 3, 1:30pm – Workshop #1 (Overview and Single-Family Residential)
Thursday, November 12, 1:30pm – Workshop #2 (Multifamily Residential, Mixed-Use, Commercial, and Employment Districts)
Thursday, November 12, 5:30pm – Public Hearing (Public Testimony)
Thursday, November 19, 1:30pm – Continued Hearing (No Public Testimony)

Image business at Fashion FairThe Development Code, also known as the Zoning Ordinance, is the DNA of the city. It provides rules for development which ensure that Fresno’s growth will take place in an attractive, orderly manner. What parts of the city should have housing, and where are retail businesses allowed? Where can they be mixed together? The Development Code establishes these rules.

Image of homeIn December of 2014, the City Council adopted a new General Plan, which is the grand vision for Fresno’s next twenty years. The Development Code is an essential tool for implementing this vision, but it hasn’t been updated since the early 1960s. Tastes and needs have changed over the past five decades, and the Development Code should change with them. Although there have been several piecemeal efforts to make modifications since the current Code was adopted in 1962, such amendments have resulted in a fragmented code that is often difficult to comprehend. A fresh start is in order.

Image Business at River ParkThe new code will reflect contemporary planning and business practices, and will set clear but fair criteria for new development. Proposals which conform to the new vision will have a streamlined approval process, which will boost economic development, and infill has never been as feasible in Fresno as it will be under the new Development Code, ensuring that we grow inward as well as outward in the coming years.

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Public Comment Draft

On March 31, 2015 the Public Review Draft of the new Development Code was released (click here to view). The public comment period was open until June 1. During this period, the City received more than 40 comment letters with over 400 individual suggestions. Staff assessed all of them and incorporated as many into the Planning Commission and City Council Review Draft, which is available at the top of this page.

Next Steps

The Development Code will be presented to the Planning Commission for consideration in late September or early October. It will then be presented to the City Council in late October or early November. When precise dates are available they will be posted here.

Additional Information

For additional information, send email to or call 559.621.8003.