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Citywide Development Code Update

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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The Draft of the Development Code is now available. It can be viewed in three ways:

  1. Free Viewing at Libraries. A hardcopy may be viewed at the central branch of the Fresno County Library at 2420 Mariposa Street in Downtown Fresno. In a short time, copies will be accessible for viewing at other locations throughout the city. When they are available, the locations will be listed on this page.
  2. Purchase. Hardcopies may also be purchased at the City of Fresno Development Department on the 3rd Floor of City Hall for $25.00.

Public Comment Period

The public comment period was open from March 31 until June 1, 2015.  During this period, the City received 80 comment letters.

Next Steps

Staff is currently assessing the letters and revising the Code. When this process is complete, the revised Code will be presented to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council. Tentatively, these meetings are anticipated to take place on July 15 and July 30, respectively. If these bodies support the revised Code, it could be adopted by the Council in August.

Additional Information

For additional information, send email to or call 559.621.8003.