Planning and Development

Current Planning

Plans & Projects Under Review

The City of Fresno makes every effort to encourage public participation, while simultaneously informing the public of projects that are under review. The following is a list of projects currently under review and reports prepared on behalf of the City.

Central Southeast Area Specific Plan

Help us reimagine Central Southeast Fresno!
The City of Fresno is embarking on a new and exciting project – the creation of a Specific Plan for the Central Southeast Area. The Central Southeast Specific Plan will be a long-range planning document that provides a vision for growth and development in the community over the next 20- to 30-years. The Specific Plan will address a wide range of topics that impact the quality of life in the community. These include affordable housing, jobs and economic development, transportation, parks and open space, and a healthy environment. The Plan will include a vision, policies and if needed, development standards that will balance new development and preservation of the existing community identity.

Project Area

CSEASP Project Area

CSEASP Project Area

The Central Southeast Specific Plan area covers over 2,200 acres (3.4 square miles) just east and southeast of downtown, bounded by Belmont Ave to the north, S Orange Ave to the west, E Church Ave to the south, and S Peach Ave to the east. This diverse area is characterized by a mix of suburban housing developments, industrial uses, public facilities, and vacant land.

Why is the Specific Plan important?
The Central Southeast Specific Plan offers a special opportunity to help shape the future of southeast Fresno – including the area’s economic vitality, transportation network, parks, and neighborhood character. Based on feedback from the community and elected officials, the area could benefit from infrastructure and mobility improvements, increased access to parks and open space, development of vacant lots, and recommendations to revitalize key commercial corridors such as Ventura/Kings Canyon Rd. The Specific Plan will help:

  • Shape the places we live, work, shop, and play
  • Guide the public services, infrastructure, and investments in the area
  • Guide the types and forms of new development in Southeast Fresno
  • Establish clear priorities to better guide investment


CSEASP Timeline

CSEASP Timeline

The will begin in in Fall of 2017 and will run through Spring of 2019. This includes several phases in the following order: Visioning from Fall of 2017 through Spring of 2018; Land Use & Transportation Alternatives from Spring 2018 into Summer of 2018; Policy & Plan Framework from Summer of 2018 into Winter of 2018; Draft Plan from Winter 2018 to Spring of 2019; and the Final plan will be completed in Spring of 2019. Throughout the entire process, there will be Ongoing Meetings with Stakeholders and Community Group. There are three community workshops planned with tentative dates of workshop 1  in Spring of 2018, workshop 2 in Summer of 2018, and workshop 3 in Winter of 2018.

Get involved!
Your input to the Central Southeast Specific Plan is important! You live, work, play and shop in the area and your voice matters. Over the coming year, the City will be speaking with community leaders, hosting workshops, and sharing information at local events. Residents, property owners, businesses, and other community members will have an opportunity to share input at 3 workshops or other types of in-person events and online, through this website. There will be ongoing meetings with stakeholders and community groups throughout the process.

There are many ways to get involved and make your voice heard:

  1. Periodically visit this website to find out about upcoming events and other ways to get involved.
  2. Sign up to receive email updates on the project
  3. Follow the project on (soon to come)
  4. Take an online survey. There will be multiple surveys throughout the project located on this website.
  5. Attend a community workshop. See below for information on upcoming events.
  6. Talk to your friends and neighbors, and encourage them to get involved too!

Who do I contact for more information?
For more information call Drew Wilson at the City of Fresno  or call (559) 621-8087.

Initiation Report
A fundamental step in the Central Southeast Specific Plan process is the initiation of the Plan’s Draft Guiding Principles and the Proposed Land Use Map. The initiation process includes the Fresno City Council’s approval of the Proposed Land Use Map that will allow the project team to begin the Environmental Assessment. A report has been drafted to summaries how the development of the Guiding Principles and Proposed Land Use Map. The Central Southeast Specific Plan Initiation Report can be found below in the Project Documents section.

Upcoming Events:

Planning Commission – Plan Initiation – Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 6 pm at Fresno City Hall

City Council – Plan Initiation – Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 4 pm at Fresno City Hall

Project Documents

Goals and Strategies Survey
The Central Southeast Specific Plan process is underway, and your opinion is needed to help guide the Central Southeast Specific Plan! Please take the time to complete the survey to ensure the community’s desired goals and the strategies to get there are heard. This survey will give staff a direction of what goals and strategies to prioritize. This survey is a crucial element of the plan. In order for the plan to implement the goals of the community, we need to know what goals to focus on and the desired strategies to get there.


Workshop Material

Below you will find the presentations and Community Workshop summary’s for the workshops to date. If you would like to host a mini-workshop please email Drew Wilson at

Producer’s Dairy

The proposed project is located at 450 East Belmont Avenue between North Ferger and North Roosevelt Avenues. It the request of the applicant to systematically remove the existing structures to allow for additional parking area for commercial trucks.

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via email at

Final SEIR and Public Hearings

Revised Draft SEIR

Draft SEIR Appendices

Initial Study Appendices

Comments & Responses

Rendering Plant Relocation Project

This draft environmental impact report (Draft EIR) evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed Fresno Rendering Plant Relocation Project (project). This Draft EIR has been prepared under the direction of the City of Fresno (City) in accordance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and the State CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations [CCR] Section 15000 et seq.).

This Draft EIR has been prepared by the City to evaluate potential environmental effects resulting from proposed relocation and expansion of the existing rendering facility located on Belgravia Road between Church Avenue and E Street. The project would relocate the facility from its current location, just southwest of downtown, to a 40-acre parcel near the Fresno-Clovis Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility (RWRF) and expand its permitted processing limits from 850,000 pounds per day to 2 million pounds per day or more but would be limited to a permitted maximum of 10 million pounds per week rather than a daily maximum. The project site would occupy 20 acres of the 40-acre property. The project would require a general plan amendment (GPA) to change the General Plan land use designation of the 40-acre parcel from Public Facility to Heavy Industrial, a rezone of the property from Public and Institutional (PI) to Industrial-Heavy (IH), a conditional use permit (CUP) to operate within the IH zone, and a Development Agreement. For further information, see Chapter 3, “Project Description.”

For additional information, please contact Mike Sanchez at (559) 621-8040 or via email at

Public Draft Fresno Rendering Plant EIR

Specific Plan of the West Area

Specific Plan of the West Area

Proposed Land Use Slider Map
The proposed land use slider map will allow interested individuals the opportunity to view the proposed land use changes throughout the West Area and search to view the current and proposed planned land use designations on an individual parcel located within the Plan Area. View the interactive map.

The City of Fresno is kicking off a project that will plan for future growth and development in the West Area. The project area is located west of Highway 99, generally north of Clinton Avenue and east of Garfield Avenue, as shown on the map below.

View profile of the plan area

The Specific Plan will be an advanced planning document that will encourage consistent and compatible land development as this part of the City grows. Potential topics to be studied will be community identity, traffic improvements, public transportation improvements, pedestrian and bicycle enhancements, community design concepts, and the best locations for future residential and commercial uses.

To be involved in the Specific Plan process, please contact Rodney Horton at or (559) 621-8181.

Project Area

West Area Specific Plan Map

Conceptual Land Use Options

Provided below are the conceptual land use options that have been developed based on input from the public and Steering Committee over the last several weeks. There are three potential land use options that include the following:

West Area Plan Options
(option – 1) – More Change
(option – 2) – Moderate Change
(option – 3) – Little Change

The options provided are conceptual. They are meant to inspire discussion and the formation of a draft land use map for the West Area. Please keep in mind that the conceptual options are meant to be abstract, and not precise (or technical). Staff is aware that certain land uses on the attached conceptual plans may conflict with what is on the ground or what is currently under construction; furthermore, we are fully aware that greenspace is not provided on the conceptual options. However, greenspace, parks, and trails will be included once a base land use option has been selected.

Updated Project Schedule
August 22, 2018 – Steering Committee provides a recommendation on the conceptual land use option.
August 23, 2018 – City staff begins the assembling the draft land use map and the draft Specific Plan
November 28, 2018 – City staff delivers the draft land use map and draft Specific Plan to the community and Steering Committee for review and comment
November 28 – January 16, 2019 – City staff receives feedback from the public
January 16, 2019 – Steering Committee provides a recommendation on the draft land use map and draft Specific Plan
February/March 2019 – Official plan initiation goes to Planning Commission
March/April 2019 – Official plan initiation goes to City Council
April 2019 – March 2020 – Environmental Impact Report and Economic Study
June 2020 – Adoption of draft Specific Plan by City Council

Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Central High School – East Campus – Cafeteria
3535 N. Cornelia Avenue, Fresno CA 93722

Open House
Monday, June 17, 2019
Central High School – East Campus, Cafeteria
3535 N. Cornelia Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722

Initiation Hearing
Thursday, June 27, 2019
City Hall, Council Chambers
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Impact Report
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Glacier Point Middle School
4055 N. Bryan Avenue, Fresno, CA 93723

Steering Committee
David Pena, Chairperson
Deep Singh, Vice Chairperson
Eric Payne
Dennis Gaab
Joseph Martinez
Tiffany Mangum
Cathy Caples
Jeff Roberts
John Kashian
Bill Nijjer
Gurdeep Shergill
Tina McCallister – Boothe, Alternate for Cathy Caples

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is the City doing a Specific Plan in my area?

A. The Fresno General Plan that was adopted in 2014 provides a broad vision for the West Area. In order to implement the General Plan, several more focused plans have been adopted in areas with specific planning needs, for example, the Downtown Neighborhood Community Plan, the Fulton Corridor Specific Plan, the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan, and the Parks Master Plan. Now, the City is directing its focus to the West Area and refinement of the existing plan in order to address specific needs in the area.

Q. Will the Specific Plan include eminent domain?

A. Use of eminent domain could occur with or without the adoption of the Specific Plan. The Specific Plan will encourage and incentivize development to occur in areas that have vacant or underutilized land. Private development will continue to occur as the market demands. As a last resort, eminent domain could be utilized to acquire land to build public infrastructure when land acquisition through normal methods are unsuccessful.

Q. Will the Specific Plan include annexation?

A. The Specific Plan will not include special or expedited annexation. Annexation is a separate legal action and will continue to occur as it has in the past.

Q. If annexation was eventually proposed for my property, would I be required to connect to City water and sewer service?

A. Should your property get annexed into the City, you would not be required to connect to City water service. You would be able to continue to use your existing well. Should your well run dry or be abandoned, however, you would be required to connect to City water service. Sewer connection would be required within three years after annexation into the City.

Q. What is the approximate cost of connecting to City water and sewer services?

A. All inquiries about water and sewer connection fees and or permits should be directed to the Department of Public Utilities at (559) 621-1452.

Q.  I do not want development to occur in my area, can I stop development from occurring?

A. All of the West Area is located in Growth Area No. 1. The General Plan, adopted in 2014, identified Growth Area No. 1 as the priority area for development and growth. The actual rate of development will be driven by market conditions.

Q. What will happen once this plan is approved? Will we immediately see improvements?

A. Yes and no. Private development will continue to occur according to market demand. The Specific Plan once approved, would provide the community’s priorities for infrastructure improvements. However, the securing of funds and the installation of major infrastructure may take several years to occur.

Public Disclaimer

Please be advised, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Brown Act, all forms of community feedback and public input that is provided to the City of Fresno will be made available to the general public.

Farmland Preservation Program

In 2017 the City Council initiated an amendment to Policy RC-9-c of the Fresno General Plan. This policy directs the City of Fresno to create a Farmland Preservation Program. If approved, the amended policy would still direct the creation of a program, but would allow a wider range of options to be considered when the program is developed. The proposed amendment is below. This item is tentatively scheduled to be considered by the City Council on December 6.

Policy RC-9-c
Farmland Preservation Program

In coordination with regional partners or independently, establish a Farmland Preservation Program. When Prime Farmland, Unique Farmland, or Farmland of Statewide Importance is converted to urban uses outside City limits, this program would require that the developer of such a project permanently protect an equal amount of similar farmland elsewhere through easement. mitigate the loss of such farmland consistent with the requirements of CEQA. The Farmland Preservation Program shall provide several mitigation options that may include, but are not limited to the following: Restrictive Covenants or Deeds, In Lieu Fees, Mitigation Banks, Fee Title Acquisition, Conservation Easements, Land Use Regulation, or any other mitigation method that is in compliance with the requirements of CEQA. The Farmland Preservation Program may be modeled after some or all of the programs described by the California Council of Land Trusts.

Normal font – no change
Strike through – proposed deletion
Red color – proposed addition

South Central Specific Plan (SCSP)

The City of Fresno has identified four priority areas for investment and study. These include the Downtown Planning Area, the Bus Rapid Transit Corridors, Infill Opportunity Zones, and the South Central Specific Plan (SCSP) Area – previously known as the South Industrial Priority Area (SIPA). The core purpose of this project is to consolidate all of the City’s adopted policies regarding the area into one document and to analyze the long-term, cumulative impacts. The public is invited to learn more about the Specific Plan and be engaged in the planning process.

The Plan Area is generally bounded on the east by California State Route 99, on the south by American Avenue, on the west by California State Route 41 and on the north by the intersection of California State Routes 99 and 41, just south of the Downtown core.

Upcoming Community Meetings

January 13, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Orange Center Elementary School
3530 S. Cherry Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706

January 14, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Malaga Elementary School
3910 S. Ward Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725

January 15, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Calwa Elementary School
4303 E. Jensen Avenue
Fresno, CA 93725

February 22, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Past Events:

May 30, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fresno City College
Career and Technology Center
2930 E. Annadale Avenue
Fresno, CA 93657

June 4, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fresno City College
Career and Technology Center
2930 E. Annadale Avenue
Fresno, CA 93657

EIR Scoping Meeting
City of Fresno, City Council Chambers
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Monday, July 15, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Please send questions or comments to or (559) 621-8003.

Public Disclaimer
Please be advised, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Brown Act, all forms of community feedback and public input that is provided to the City of Fresno will be made available to the general public.

Fresno General Plan Program Environmental Impact Report

In order to be in conformance with State law and consistent with recent legislative changes, the City is updating the existing General Plan Master Environmental Impact Report (MEIR) and converting it to a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). This update, consistent with Section 15168 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, is intended to streamline implementation of the General Plan’s programs and projects by supporting them with updated environmental analysis, regulatory framework, and mitigation measures, pursuant to CEQA. Two major goals of updating the EIR include:

  • Complying with new legislation as it relates to various resource topic area as defined by CEQA; and
  • Updating the technical analyses to reflect the current baseline conditions of 2019.

View the Fresno General Plan Master Environmental Impact Report

About the Project Area
The General Plan Planning Area encompasses approximately 106,000 acres and includes all areas within the City’s current City limits and the current Sphere of Influence.

View Fresno Planning Boundary Map

Notice of Preparation (NOP)
Pursuant to provisions of CEQA, the City has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the proposed project. Once a decision is made to prepare an EIR, the lead agency must prepare a NOP to inform all responsible and trustee agencies that an EIR will be prepared (CEQA Guidelines Section 15082). The purpose of this NOP is to provide agencies, interested parties, and organizations with sufficient information describing the proposed project and the potential environmental effects to enable meaningful input related to the scope and content of information to be included in the EIR.

View Notice of Preparation

Public Review Period for the NOP
The NOP is being circulated for public review and comment for a period of 30 days beginning May 16, 2019. Comments in response to the NOP will be accepted through 5 p.m., June 17, 2019. Please send your written comments to Ms. Pagoulatos and include your name, address, and phone number and/or email address so that we may contact you for clarification, if necessary.

Sophia Pagoulatos, Planning Manager
Development and Resource Management
2600 Fresno Street, Room 3065
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 621-8062

Scoping Meeting
The City held a public scoping meeting to inform interested parties about the General Plan PEIR and to provide agencies and the public with an opportunity to provide comments on the scope and content of the PEIR. The meeting time and location was as follows:

Fresno City Hall
Room 2165 (Meeting Room A), Second Floor
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

View Scoping Meeting Presentation

Work Program Outline
Task 1 – Project Initiation
1.1 Technical Advisory Committee Formation
1.2 Kick-Off Meeting
1.3 Data Collection/Document Review
1.4 Notice of Preparation
Task 2 – Project Description
Task 3 – Administrative Draft EIR
3.1 Aesthetics
3.2 Agriculture and Forestry Resources
3.3 Air Quality
3.4 Biological Resources
3.5 Cultural Resources
3.6 Geology and Soils
3.7 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
3.8 Hazards and Hazardous Materials
3.9 Hydrology and Water Quality
3.10 Land Use and Planning
3.11 Mineral Resources
3.12 Noise
3.13 Population and Housing
3.14 Public Services and Recreation
3.15 Transportation and Traffic
3.16 Tribal Cultural Resources
3.17 Utilities and Service Systems
3.18 Energy Conservation
3.19 Alternatives Analysis
3.20 CEQA-Required Assessment Conclusions
3.21 Other Chapters
Task 4 – Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Update
4.1 Provide an Evidence-Based 2020 Reduction Target
4.2 SB 32 Alignment of the GHG Reduction Plan
4.3 Monitoring Tools Update
4.4 Draft GHG Reduction Plan Update
Task 5 – Screencheck Draft EIR
Task 6 – Public Review Draft EIR
Task 7 – Administrative Final EIR/Response to Comments
7.1 Administrative Final EIR/Response to Comments
7.2 Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
Task 8 – Screencheck Final EIR/Response to Comments
Task 9 – Final EIR/Response to Comments
Task 10 – CEQA Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations
Task 11 – Project Management Meeting

Public Disclaimer
Please be advised, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Brown Act, all forms of community feedback and public input that is provided to the City of Fresno will be made available to the general public.


The City of Fresno is proposing an amendment to Sections 15-2739 and 15-2739.1 of the Fresno Municipal Code, Article 33 to Chapter 9 of the Fresno Municipal Code, and Article 21 to Chapter 12 of the Fresno Municipal Code, relating to adult use and medicinal cannabis retail business and commercial cannabis business.  The City of Fresno will be the Lead Agency pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will be responsible for preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to CEQA (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and the CEQA Guidelines.

For additional information, please contact Israel Trejo at (559) 621-8044 or via email at

Notice of Preparation (NOP)

View Notice of Preparation

Elm Avenue Revitalization Strategy

A Roadmap to Development

The EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant program assists communities in responding to local challenges where multiple brownfield sites are in close proximity, connected by infrastructure, and limit the economic, en­vironmental and social prosperity of their surroundings. The program aims to result in plans for future improve­ments that:

  • protect public health and the environment,
  • are economically viable, and
  • reflect the community’s vision for the area.

In 2015, EPA selected the City of Fresno as a Brown­field Area-Wide Planning grant recipient. Fresno received $175,000 to work with community stakeholders to develop a strategy and implementation strategy for the Elm Avenue corridor. Fresno’s Brownfields area-wide plan­ning work builds on previous EPA brownfields grants and technical assistance, including the 2011 West Fresno Brownfields Action Plan.

Project Area

Brownfields Study Area Map

Brownfields Study Area Map

The Elm Avenue Revitalization Strategy focuses on the 2.25- mile Elm Avenue Corridor and adjacent neighborhoods in Southwest Fresno. The 1,092-acre Study Area is generally bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the west, Highway 41 to the east, California Avenue and Ventura Street to the north, and North Avenue to the south

Why another planning effort?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) de­fines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.” Typical brownfield sites are former gas stations, dry cleaners, or industrial facilities. These are sites that may have been impacted by a release of petroleum products, solvents, heavy met­als and other pollutants into buildings, soil, surface water and groundwater.

Brownfields are not necessarily contaminated, but they could be. They need environmental review, and possibly remediation, before any reuse can take place. These extra, potentially costly steps often contribute to sites being left inactive for many years. Inactive sites become magnets for illegal dumping or crime, thus adding to the potential for contamination and negative effects on surrounding communities. In other words, the challenge of redeveloping a brownfield site often causes it to be left unused—and this condition affects not only the site itself but the surrounding area. One neglected site along a corridor can hold back the potential of the properties and neighborhoods around it.

However, it is possible to “flip this script.” If brown­fields can have negative effects far beyond the property boundaries, can they also have positive effects that ripple outward? If reuse is enabled on a brownfield, can the effects cascade along a corridor? The answer is yes: brownfield sites can become catalysts for broader neigh­borhood revitalization. This is the idea of the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Program.


The Elm Avenue Revitalization Strategy engagement included a mix of targeted work with stakeholders and broad outreach to the community.

  • A Steering Committee made up of local community leaders was formed to guide the Strategy at key points.
  • The project team met with representatives of each of the catalyst sites.
  • Local high school students  built  community leadership skills through a photojournalism project called Photo Voice along the Elm Avenue corridor.

The community at large was invited to participate in a community workshop, coffee hours at local schools, and an open house in which the planning team showed initial concepts for catalyst sites and a corridor vision.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information contact Drew Wilson at the City of Fresno at or call (559) 621-8087.


The Public Draft of the Elm Avenue Revitalization Strategy is scheduled to be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council in October 2019.

Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $600,000 Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant to the City of Fresno in order to complement ongoing revitalization efforts in Downtown, Chinatown, and Southwest Fresno, specifically within the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) project area., The TCC project area was targeted because of the number of planned investments,  the economically and environmentally disadvantaged neighborhoods, and the most leverageable infrastructure, and has been the focus for multiple recent planning processes. The grant, which requires no local match, would pay for consultant services to assist in outreach and the preparation Phase I/II environmental site assessments (ESA), remediation plans, market studies, area plans and other technical studies to support revitalization of the area.

The Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant was applied for in partnership with Fresno County Department of Public Health, The Chinatown Foundation, and Saint Rest Community Economic Development Corporation.  Goals for the plan include the following:

  1. Assessment and identification of environmental hazards with defined strategies for cleanup on selected brownfield sites;
  2. Development of a participatory reuse plan for selected brownfield sites, which includes market studies and analysis, and associated area-wide planning studies that provided documented demand for desired reuse and help secure developer interest and subsequent financing; and
  3. Building coalition member’s capacity to apply for and manage future EPA Brownfield grants.

The project area for the grant is the 4.9-square mile (sq. mi.) TCC project area which includes the Downtown, Chinatown, and Southwest Fresno neighborhoods.  The final deliverables of the grant would be up to 16 Phase 1 ESAs, up to 8 Phase II ESAs, up to 5 Remedial/Corrective Action Plans, up to 5 Reuse or Market Studies, and up to 3 Area-Wide Planning Studies.

As the project continues this page will provide project updates, project documents, meeting announcements, and opportunity to provide input.