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Long-Range Plans and the Development Code

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Long-Range Plans and the Development Code

The City of Fresno uses a variety of long-range plans to chart a successful future for Fresno. Some plans look at the entire city, while others may focus on a district or neighborhood. The Development Code (aka Zoning Ordinance) implements the land use component of these plans by regulating the development of property into houses, apartments, shopping centers, and mixed use neighborhoods as envisioned in the long range-plans.

California State Law requires every city and county to adopt a comprehensive General Plan to guide its future development. The General Plan essentially serves as a “constitution for development”— the document that serves as the foundation for all land use decisions. Every jurisdiction’s General Plan includes seven required “Elements” that are mandated by State law; local governments may adopt additional optional Elements to address local priorities and planning goals.

The Fresno General Plan was adopted on December 18, 2014. It is forward‐looking, comprehensive, and long‐range. It supports the community’s vision to preserve the desirable qualities that make the city of Fresno an ideal place to live, work, and play. The Plan recommends strategies to address prevalent existing conditions and trends that impede achieving and maintaining greater human, community, environmental, and economic health and prosperity. The Plan envisions Fresno as a vibrant, growing city, infused with a sense of heritage and community.

The Plan describes a balanced city with an appropriate proportion of its growth and reinvestment focused in the central core, Downtown, established neighborhoods, and along Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors. A successful and vibrant Downtown is necessary to attract investment needed for infill development and rehabilitation of established neighborhoods, which are priorities for the Plan.

Balancing a vibrant Downtown will be self‐sufficient suburban Development Areas. This will result in a city with a revitalized Downtown and established neighborhoods and with livable new suburban neighborhoods supporting one another.

Entire Plan

By Chapter

Citywide Development Code

The Citywide Development Code was adopted on December 3, 2015.
Download complete Code

Download individual sections:
Part I: General Provisions
Part II: Base and Overlay Districts
Part III: Regulations Applying to Some or All Districts
Part IV: Land Divisions
Part V: Administration
Part VI: General Terms and Definitions
(Please note that Sections 15-1004-E, 15-1005, 15-1104-F, and 15-1105 are not in effect until March 6, 2016.)

Downtown Plans and Code

Downtown Fresno transforming
For several years local and national experts have been working with elected officials and residents to craft and implement plans for the renaissance of Downtown Fresno and the surrounding neighborhoods. Fresno’s historic development patterns and current market conditions, as well as best practices from across the nation, were explored in depth in order to find the best way forward. The result is four comprehensive documents that will guide us to a revival of the heart of our city.

The Fulton Corridor Specific Plan proposes an exciting vision for the heart of the city and a comprehensive program of projects, which will make that vision a reality.
The Fulton Corridor Specific Plan

The Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan assesses the conditions in several neighborhoods near Downtown and explores ways that they can be revitalized.
The Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan

The Downtown Development Code implements the vision of the two above plans by creating new regulations for private development. In the Downtown core, a form-based code is utilized which focuses on creating dense and attractive urban buildings that shape pleasing public spaces. In the neighborhoods, major streets are envisioned to transform into walkable mixed-use, multi-modal corridors, while residential areas will be preserved and enhanced with complimentary infill projects guided by the code.
The Downtown Development Code

View a zoning comparison map: compares proposed new zoning with current regulations

The Environment Impact Report assesses the plans and code subject to the California Environment Quality Act.
The Environment Impact Report (34 MB)

1 – Title Page
2 – Table of Contents
A – Downtown Neighborhoods Community Plan
B – Fulton Corridor Specific Plan
C – Downtown Development Code
D – NOP and Scoping Comments
E – Air Quality
F – Biological Resources Inventory Results
G – Greenhouse Gas
H – Hazards
I – Noise Modeling
J – Traffic Data
K – Utility Technical Report


Additional Information
For additional information, send an email to or call (559) 621-8003.

Neighborhood Plans

There are two Neighborhood Plans in Fresno. One is El Dorado Park near Fresno St., and the other is Pinedale near River Park
Pinedale Neighborhood Plan
El Dorado Park Neighborhood Plan

Master Environmental Impact Report

Entire Plan
Entire MEIR

Draft MEIR Sections
Table of Contents | Introduction | Executive Summary | Project Description | General Environmental Settings | Environmental Impact Analysis | Aesthetics | Agricultural | Air Quality | Biological Resources | Cultural Resources | Geology & Soils | Greenhouse Gases | Hazards & Hazardous Materials | Hydrology & Water Quality | Land Use | Noise | Population and Housing | Public Services | Transportation | Utilities | Energy | Other CEQA | Alternatives | Effects Found Not to be Significant | Information Resources

Draft MEIR Appendices
Appendix A – Notice of Preparation and Scoping – A-1 Notice of Preparation and Initial Study | A-2 Public Notice of NOP and Scoping Meeting | A-3 Comments Received on Notice of Preparation and Initial Study | A-4 Scoping Meeting Sign-In Sheet | A-5 Scoping Meeting Transcript

Appendix B – Air Quality – B-1 Criteria Pollutant Modeling

Appendix C – Biological Resources – C-1 Vegetation Communities Mapping | C-2 CNPS Inventory of Rare Endangered Plants | C-3 California Natural Diversity Database

Appendix D – Cultural Resources – D-1 Paleontological Resources Review | D-2 Native American Consultation

Appendix E – Geological Hazards Investigation – E-1 Geologic Hazards Investigation

Appendix F – Greenhouse Gases – F-1 Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions and Modeling Results | F-2 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Appendix G – Storm Drainage Technical Report – G-1 Storm Drainage Technical Report

Appendix H – Transportation – H-1 Roadway Classification | H-2 Existing Number of Lanes | H-3 AM Peak Hour Volumes and LOS – Existing | H-4 PM Peak Hour Volumes and LOS | H-5 Traffic Analysis Zones and Model Inputs | H-6 Roadway Functional Classifications | H-7 Planned Roadway Number of Lanes | H-8 AM Peak Hour Volumes and LOS – Existing + Project | H-9 PM Peak Hour Volumes and LOS – Existing + Project | H-10 AM Peak Hour Volumes and LOS – Cumulative | H-11 PM Peak Hour Volumes and LOS – Cumulative | H-12 Other Exhibits

Appendix I – Noise Modeling – I-1 Noise Modeling

Appendix J – Wastewater Technical Report – J-1 Wastewater Technical Report

Final MEIR Sections
Final Master Environmental Impact Report (FMEIR)

Final MEIR Appendices
Appendix 1 of the FMEIR | Appendix 2 of the FMEIR | Appendix 3 of the FMIER

Amended Planned Land Use Requests – Environmental Evaluation for the MEIR
Amended Planned Land Use Requests – Environmental Evaluation for the MEIR

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program – All Applicable Mitigation Measures from the MEIR