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.
Plans & Projects Under Review
Parks Master Plan
The City of Fresno, community leaders, and residents are reimagining what our parks can be through a Parks Master Plan Update. After conducting a survey and holding over a dozen workshops to gather community input, the Vision of the Parks Master Plan was approved by the City Council on December 1, 2016. The Vision is a summary of existing conditions and input from stakeholders and the public at large about three key initial questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How will we get there? It is available at the link below:
Following the approval of the Vision Plan, seven workshops were conducted in each Council District to drill down on the desires and priorities for parks and open space throughout our city.
Your feedback about vision, needs, and priorities for Fresno’s park and open space system has been a critical component throughout our parks master planning process and has been integral in the development of the Final Draft of the Fresno Parks Master Plan which is now available to download by clicking on the links below.
A hard copy will be available for review at the Fresno City Hall Clerk’s Office and at all Fresno County Public Libraries in Fresno on December 1, 2017.
PARK MASTER PLAN EVENTS
Planning Commission Hearing – Advisory
December 6, 2017
City Council Hearing – Final Action
December 14, 2017
Public comment is welcome at both hearings. Please come and let your Planning Commissioners and City Councilmembers hear your thoughts about parks in our city and the final Parks Master Plan document.
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.
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
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:
- Periodically visit this website to find out about upcoming events and other ways to get involved.
- Sign up to receive email updates on the project
- Follow the project on (soon to come)
- Take an online survey. There will be multiple surveys throughout the project located on this website.
- Attend a community workshop. See below for information on upcoming events.
- Talk to your friends and neighbors, and encourage them to get involved too!
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.
Final SEIR and Public Hearings
Revised Draft SEIR
Draft SEIR Appendices
Initial Study Appendices
Comments & Responses
ADOPTED HOUSING ELEMENT – April 13, 2017
The City of Fresno City Council adopted the Housing Element Amendment (Plan Amendment A-17-001) on April 13, 2017. The final adopted version of the Housing Element can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the following document link:
HOUSING ELEMENT AMENDMENT ADOPTION HEARINGS AND WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
The City of Fresno will consider adoption of the Housing Element Amendment (Plan Amendment A-17-001) at two public hearings and a workshop scheduled as follows:
Planning Commission Public Hearing
Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall Council Chambers
Housing and Community Development Commission Workshop
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall, Room 2165
City Council Public Hearing
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall Council Chambers
HOUSING ELEMENT AMENDMENT WORKSHOPS
The City of Fresno is holding two workshops on the draft Housing Element Amendment to review the comments received during the recent 30-day public comment period and the responses to those comments.
February 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Fresno City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
February 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. or thereafter
Housing and Community Development Commission
Fresno City Hall, Room 2165, Second Floor
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Final Comment Matrix
A comment matrix summarizing the comments and responses to those comments.
Housing Element Amendment January 2017 Draft-CLEAN
A clean copy of the Revised Public Review Draft.
Housing Element Amendment January 2017 Draft-REDLINE
A redline copy of the Revised Public Review Draft.
Copies of the comment letters.
The public is invited to comment on the Housing Element during a 30-day comment period from December 13, 2016 to January 13, 2017. Click on links below to access a redline or clean copy. Instructions on submitting comments are noted below.
The City of Fresno is beginning the process of amending its adopted housing element to incorporate changes in 3 areas:
- Mobile Home Park Conservation Program
- Equitable Communities Program
- Housing Need from Prior Housing Element Cycle (2008-2015)
If you have ideas on these topics, you can provide input in the following ways:
- Email comments to email@example.com
- Send written comments to the Development and Resource Management Department, Long Range Planning Division, Fresno City Hall, Rm. 3065, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Neighborhood Workshop: December 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Cooper Academy Middle School
2277 W. Bellaire Way, Fresno, CA 93705
Stakeholder Workshop: December 14, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Housing and Community Development Commission
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno Street, Room 2165, Fresno, CA 93721
Neighborhood Workshop: December 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Wesley United Methodist Church
1343 E. Barstow Ave, Room 4, Fresno, CA 93710
More information is available by calling Sophia Pagoulatos at (559) 621-8062.
Fresno Housing Element Revised Public Review Draft, March 2016
The City of Fresno appreciates the comments received on the January 2016 Housing Element Public Review Draft. A Revised Public Draft is now available at links below:
Fresno Housing Element Public Review Draft, March 2016 (clean copy)
Fresno Housing Element Public Review Draft, March 2016 (redline version showing changes)
Fresno Housing Element Appendices, March 2016
Fresno Housing Element Comment Matrix, March 2016
Proposed General Plan Amendments Triggered by Update of the Housing Element
Proposed Amendment to Chapter 3 of the General Plan
Proposed Amendment to Chapter 9 of the General Plan
Comments on the January 2016 Public Draft
Comment letter from CA Dept of Housing & Community Development
FRESNO HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m., or thereafter
Place: Room 2165-A, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
FRESNO PLANNING COMMISSION
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m., or thereafter
Place: City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
FRESNO CITY COUNCIL
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 (rescheduled from 4/14/2016)
Time: 5:00 p.m., or thereafter
Place: City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by US mail to City of Fresno, 2600 Fresno Street, Development and Resource Management Department, 3rd Floor, Fresno, CA 93721, Attn: Sophia Pagoulatos, Planning Manager.
Housing Element Update 2015-2023
The City is updating its 2008 Housing Element, which is a State-mandated planning document for housing. It is one of the 7 State-required elements (chapters) of the General Plan, and the only one that requires certification by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). In general, housing elements include a housing needs assessment, constraints to housing development, resources and land inventory, and a summary of progress toward implementing the previous housing element.For more information on housing elements, visit the HCD website, which describes requirements as well as best practices.
The steps in the process are the following:
1. Community Meetings to Receive Input – October/November 2015
Public Workshop Schedule
Workshop Agenda English | Workshop Agenda Spanish
City Map for Dot Exercise at Workshops
Fresno Workshop Presentation (English)
Fresno Workshop Presentation (Spanish)
Fresno Workshop Presentation (Hmong)
2. Evaluate New Constraints and Update Land Inventory and Resources
3. Update Housing Policies and Programs and Prepare Draft Housing Element
Workshops/study Sessions on Draft Housing Element
January 14, 2016 – City Council
January 19, 2016 – Disability Advisory Commission
January 27, 2016 – Housing and Community Development Commission
February 3, 2016 – Planning Commission
Fresno HE Workshop 2 Presentation
4. Conduct Environmental Review
5. Request HCD Review
6. Public Adoption Hearings – anticipated March 2016
Highway 41 + North Corridor Complete Streets Plan
The City of Fresno and Habitat for Humanity are working together to empower the Highway 41 and North Avenue neighborhood by facilitating a complete streets plan. A Caltrans Environmental Justice grant was awarded for the project, and planning is now underway. The plan will be the neighborhood’s vision of safe and improved streets for pedestrians, transit, bicycles and vehicles. The final recommendations for the plan are expected by fall of 2015 and will be incorporated into the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Sophia Pagoulatos, Supervising Planner, at Sophia.Pagouatos@fresno.gov or at (559) 621-8062.
Southwest Fresno Specific Plan and EIR
The Southwest Fresno Specific Plan process kicked off in the Spring of 2015 and is anticipated to be complete in the fall of 2017. The desired outcome is a community-based plan that incentivizes economic development and improves the quality of life for Southwest Fresno residents and stakeholders. See documents below for more information or contact Sophia Pagoulatos, Planning Manager, at Southwestcomments@fresno.gov, or by telephone at (559) 621-8062.
The Southwest Fresno Specific Plan process is in the final stretch. The Plan is scheduled for consideration on:
- October 18, 2017: Fresno Planning Commission, 6:00 p.m. – Advisory
- October 26, 2017: Fresno City Council, 4:30 p.m. – Final Action
August News: The Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) is available for a 45-day public review period from August 9, 2017 to September 25, 2017. Comments should be submitted to Sophia Pagoulatos, Planning Manager, at 2600 Fresno Street, Rm. 3065, Fresno, CA 93721 or via email at Southwestcomments@fresno.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017. Agencies should provide the name of a contact person with their response. The Fresno Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to consider these items on October 18, 2017. The Fresno City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider these items on October 26, 2017.
Copies of the documents are available for review at the Fresno City Hall Development and Resource Management (2600 Fresno Street, Third Floor, Room 3065, Fresno, CA 93721) and at the West Fresno and Central branches of the Fresno County Library. A copy has also been placed at the following locations:
- Mary Ella Brown Community Center, 1350 E. Annadale Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
- Hinton Community Center, 2385 Fairview Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
- West Fresno Family Resource Center, 1801 E. California Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
May 2017 News: The Public Draft of the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan is now available and hard copies will be placed in the West Fresno Library (188 E. California Avenue), the West Fresno Family Resource Center (1802 E. California Avenue) and the Mary Ella Brown Community Center (1350 E. Annadale Avenue) as well as City Hall. The 30-day public comment period on the draft will be from May 17 to June 16, 2017. Comments can be emailed to Southwestcomments@fresno.gov, sent via US Mail to Sophia Pagoulatos at City of Fresno Development and Resource Management Department, 2600 Fresno Street, Rm. 3065, Fresno, CA 93721, or made at the community meetings described below.
A series of community meetings is scheduled to review and discuss the Draft Specific Plan: (Bilingual Draft Specific Plan Flyer)
- Community Meeting, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00, Gaston Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
- Community Conversations (Drop-in Q & A) at Mary Ella Brown Community Center
- Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 am
- Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
- Monday, June 12, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Existing Conditions Profile
Environmental Impact Report
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared for the Southwest Fresno Specific Plan. Check this section for public documents related to the EIR
Steering Committee Meetings
- 7/25/2015 Agenda | 7/25/2015 Summary
- 8/17/2015 Agenda | 8/17/2015 Summary
- 11/10/15 Agenda | 11/10/15 Summary
- 3/1/16 Agenda | 3/1/16 Summary
- 5/4/16 Agenda | 5/4/16 Summary
- 6/20/16 Agenda | 6/20/16 Handouts
- 7/18/16 Agenda | 7/18/16 Information Packet
- 9/12/16 Agenda
- 9/27/16 Agenda
- 6/26/17 Agenda
- Comments on Public Draft Southwest Fresno Specific Plan
- 7/6/17 Agenda
Workshop 1: September 15, 2015
- Workshop Flyer Sept 15 th
- Public Workshop # 1 9/15/2015
- Workshop 1 Schedule Slideshow
- Workshop 1 Land Use Slideshow
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Evn Health
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Housing
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Industrial Compatibility
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Jobs Economic Dev
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Retail
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Transportation
- Workshop 1 Info Packet Parks
- Workshop 1 Summary
Workshop 2: October 13, 2015
Workshop 3: February 16, 2016
Workshop 4: February 23, 2017
Darling Delaware (Southwest Fresno)
- Draft Darling International and City of Fresno Agreement regarding Rendering Facility
- Exhibit A – Air Permit
- Exhibit B – Scope of Work
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (1)
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (2.1)
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (2.2)
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (3)
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (4)
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (5)
- Exhibit C – Darling Evaluation – Insight Evn (6)
- Exhibit D – Operational Statement
- Exhibit E – Modifications to Address Air Pockets
- Exhibit F – Oder Control Plan
- Exhibit G – Raw Material Records
- Exhibit H – Scrubber Service
Northwest Fresno Walmart Project
The proposed project is located at 4080 W. Shaw Avenue, on the southwest corner of North Brawley and West San Jose Avenues. Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-13-002 requests authorization to establish a State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control Type 21 liquor license (sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits for consumption off the premises where sold) for a proposed 24/7 Walmart Supercenter, which will also offer groceries, general merchandise, and an outdoor garden center. The existing Walmart at 3680 W. Shaw Avenue will be relocated to the property at 4080 W. Shaw Avenue.
To access the environmental documents, please click on the links below:
Fresno Recycled Water Master Plan
The proposed Master Plan will plan and implement a recycled water treatment and distribution system that would:
- Protect and improve groundwater quality by reducing the use of percolation ponds
currently used as part of the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility’s (RWRF) effluent
- Increase the use of recycled water through urban reuse, groundwater recharge and
agricultural reuse to help meet the water demands in the region;
- Expand the recycled water system to enable the City’s offset of potable water use,
thereby enhancing the sustainability of the water supply; and
- Facilitate the goals related to recycled water use set forth in the City’s Urban Water
Fig Garden Financial Center Phase IV
Developer, Gunner-Andros is proposing the development of a four story commercial office building, comprising a total of net useable area of 104,593 square feet, with an underground parking structure and at grade parking to provide parking for approximately 445 vehicles. The project is located on the south side of West San Jose Avenue, east of the existing Figarden Financial Center and covers approximately 4.0 acres. The underground structure will be interconnected with an existing underground parking structure that serves an adjacent four story commercial office building. The City is requiring that the project applicant prepare an Environmental Impact Report in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act for the proposed project.
Old Fig Garden Transportation Land Use Study
The Old Fig Garden Community Transportation and Land Use Study is a planning effort that is based on the initiative of the Fig Garden Homeowners Association (HOA), who approached both the County and the City of Fresno to engage in addressing issues of pressing importance to Fig Garden residents. The Fig Garden area has been threatened by increasing traffic and by the rapidly urbanizing arterial streets of Ashlan, Blackstone, Shaw and Shields Avenues, as well as other collectors in the Study Area.
Sunset Waste Paper Operational Modifications
Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-10-028 filed by Larry Miner of Clements Environmental on behalf of John Mohoff, for property located on the southeast corner South Elm and East Vine Avenues. This application is a request for authorization to modify the operations at the existing Sunset Waste Paper Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station. The proposed modifications are as follows: 1) The addition of recyclables storage in bunkers, bins, roll-off containers, bales and in bulk inside the building, as well as outside the building under and just south of the south canopy, along the exterior north wall of the transfer station, along the east fence and along the east side of the MRF; 2) The addition of green waste processing inside the transfer station building; 3) The addition of mechanical sorting of construction and demolition material and municipal solid waste inside the transfer station; and 4) The addition of hand and/or mechanical sorting of glass recyclables adjacent to the existing bunkers located along the western elevation of the transfer station. Click below to access the staff report for this project.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) and Environs Plan Amendment—Plan Amendment Application No. A-10-005 and Environmental Assessment No. A-10-005
The 1997 FYI Airport and Environs Plan is being amended to keep pace with updated airport projections through the year 2025. The format of the plan has been simplified and reorganized consistent with state law. New noise contours and safety zones are included in the plan amendment.
To access the amended plan or the environmental assessment (EIR), click on the links below:
Roeding Regional Park and Fresno Chaffee Zoo Facility Master Plans—including Rotary Playland and Storyland
The City of Fresno, Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo Corporation and Rotary Storyland/Playland have filed Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-08-186 and are in the process of preparing a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Program EIR will address the adoption and implementation of the Roeding Regional Park Facility Master Plan, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Facility Master Plan and Conditional Use Permit Application No. C-08-186 necessary to implement the plans. The master plans contain comprehensive, coordinated proposals designed to extensively renovate Roeding Park and Rotary Playland/Rotary Storyland, and to renovate and expand the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
The site is located in the southwest portion of the City of Fresno. The 148-acre park is bounded by West Olive Avenue on the north; West Belmont Avenue on the south; Golden State Boulevard and the Union Pacific Railroad line on the east; and State Route 99 on the west (APN 450-020-08T). The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is in the south-central portion of Roeding Park, Rotary Playland in the southwest corner, and Rotary Storyland along the west boundary.
- Public Hearing Notice for Planning Commission on July 20, 2011
- Notice of City Council Hearing, June 23, 2011
- FEIR, including responses to comments (SCH No. 2008031002) (June 2011)
- FEIR Appendices A thru H (June 2011)
- Facility Master Plan (July 2009)
- Zoo Master Plan (July 2009)
- Notice of Preparation (Revised) (March 2011)
- Notice of Availability (April 2011)
- Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (April 2011)
- Recirculated DEIR Appendices A thru E (April 2011)
- Recirculated DEIR Appendices F thru J (April 2011)
- Notice of Preparation (Revised) (July 2009)
- Notice of Availability (Oct. 2010)
- DEIR (Oct. 2010)
- DEIR Appendices A thru E
- DEIR Appendices F thru I
- Notice of Special Planning Commission Hearing (Jan. 26, 2011)
- Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program for Roeding Regional Park and Fresno Chaffee Zoo (Jan. 2011)
- Final EIR, including responses to comments (SCH No. 2008031002) (Jan. 2011)
El Paseo (Northwest Fresno)
The proposed project is located in northwest Fresno and is generally bound by W. Herndon Ave. on the north, N. Bryan and W. Bullard Avenues on the east, Carnegie Avenue to the south, and State Route 99 to the west (map of project area). Entitlements for this project will include a General Plan Amendment, Rezone, and Master Conditional Use Permit Applications, a Development Agreement, and Tentative Tract Map.
The applicant proposes to develop an approximately 238-acre project at the northwest gateway of the City. The final development would include retail, office, hospitality, and entertainment uses. The integrated, mixed-use project is planned to include:
- A large retail marketplace
- A lifestyle center or town center project
- A mid-rise office park and hotel
- A light industrial business park
City of Fresno Recycled Water Master Plan and Ordinance
The City of Fresno proposes to implement a Recycled Water Master Plan with an associated Recycled Water Ordinance to increase the use of recycled water to meet local water demands. The Master Plan will be implemented in a phased manner through 2025 as feasible based on technical, funding, partnering, and other factors. The Master Plan will inform the City’s decision process in selecting recycled water projects. The expansion of the recycled water system will enable the City to offset potable water use, enhance the sustainability of the water supply, and reduce the use of percolation ponds that currently handle effluent discharge. The City intends to adopt a Recycled Water Ordinance to further support recycled water development.
Rendering Plant Relocation Project
This Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) has been prepared by the City of Fresno 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 site near the Fresno-Clovis Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and expand its permitted processing limits from 850,000 pounds per day to a permitted maximum of 10 million pounds per week. The project would require a general plan amendment (GPA) to change the General Plan land use designation of the receiving site from Public Facility to Heavy Industrial, and a rezone of the same property from Public and Institutional (PI) to Industrial-Heavy (IH). Section 2 “Project Description” presents the detailed project information.