Citywide Development Code
The Skinny: City officials of the Swearengin era bemoaned the fact that Fresno hadn’t updated its citywide development code since the early 1960s. The city at that time was growing fast to the north. The implication was clear – lack of a strict code of do’s and don’t’s for developers explains in part the current plague of neighborhood inequities. Maybe, maybe not. One thing is certain – Swearengin believes the new Citywide Development Code, combined with hands-on help from city revitalization experts, will spur a rebirth of Fresno’s most troubled neighborhoods.
The Rundown: “No land shall be used, and no structure shall be constructed, occupied, enlarged, altered, demolished, or moved in any zoning district, except in accordance with the provisions of this Code. Specific uses of land, buildings, and structures listed as prohibited in any zoning district are hereby declared to be detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare. The enumeration of prohibited uses shall not by implication enlarge the scope of permitted uses; they are for purposes of clarity only. A proposed use within a zoning district must expressly be listed as a permitted use per the applicable base or overlay district, or determined to be such through the determination of the Director, in order to be authorized under the Development Code.” (Source: Citywide Development Code, draft for City Council, Nov. 9, 2015)
The Pledge: “This update was long overdue. We took an outdated, arcane document and made sensible changes that not only reinforce our new General Plan, but also allow properties to be developed in ways that enhance the quality of life in our community.” – Planning director Jennifer Clark, March 31, 2015, on the public release of the draft Citywide Development Code. (Source: City of Fresno)