Pending Revision of the Fresno County 2000-2020 General Plan and Zoning Ordinance
League Study Guide for the County’s Draft 2013 Revision of the General Plan Policy Document
In 2005, County planners initiated a revision of the General Plan Policy Document. Eight years later, in January 2013, the County released for public review and comment its third draft revision of the Policy Document. To help county residents understand the significance of the proposed changes, on February 25, 2013, the League published a two-volume Study Guide on the County’s proposed revision of the Policy Document. (The League’s Study Guide was updated in September 2014).
The Board of Supervisors did not adopt that third draft revision of the Policy Document. Instead, the County prepared three more draft revisions of Policy Document, the most recent being a sixth draft revision dated December 2017. See below.
2014: Study Guide Volume I — Significant Proposed Revisions
2014: Study Guide Volume II — All Implementation Programs and Policies under Review
League Analysis of the County’s 2002 and 2015 Reports on General Plan Implementation
In September 2016, the League published a 126-page study documenting the County’s inability to demonstrate successful implementation of the General Plan. Based on data provided by the County for 2002 and 2015, the League study concluded that between 2002 and 2015 successful implementation of General Plan programs (as written) fell from 71% to 39%.
League Annual Progress Report on General Plan Implementation for Calendar Year 2017
By law, the County must prepare annual progress reports (APRs) on “the status of the [General Plan] and progress in its implementation.” It is the League’s view that every APR prepared by the County after 2012 has been insufficient as an informational document. To highlight this deficiency, in the spring of 2019, the League prepared its own APR for calendar year 2017 and presented it to the Board of Supervisors.
At that time, the County was preparing an APR for calendar year 2018, and the hope was that the League’s 2017 APR would serve as a model for adequate reporting. Unlike the County’s APRs, the League’s APR was comprehensive, containing information from every annual report prepared by the County since adoption of the General Plan in 2000. The League’s APR demonstrated that the success rate of the implementation of the Fresno County General Plan during 2017 had fallen to 33%.
Recent County Publications
______ Fresno County’s Draft EIR for the Update of the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance - (The League will post this document once it is released for public review and comment.)
Network of Public-Benefit Organizations
In the summer of 2018, a group of nonprofit, public-benefit organizations formed to review General Plan implementation and advocate for robust public participation in the review and update of the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. That fall, the League took the lead among this network of thirteen nonprofit public benefit organizations to ask the Board of Supervisors to hold a public hearing to clarify issues related to the update of the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Board chose not to honor that request.