Planning & Zoning

The Planning Division of the Community Development Department maintains and updates the City's General Plan, Annexation Projects, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and other development related ordinances and regulations. The Planning Division informs developers and business owners regarding the process and requirements for constructing new projects in the City, and provides economic development information such as population projections, median household income levels, availability of commercial and industrial sites, and location of City infrastructure. The Planning Division also processes applications for conditional use permits, variances, general plan amendments, tentative subdivision maps, and zone changes for private development projects in the City.

The City of Coalinga Zoning Ordinance includes a Zoning Map which divides the City into various zones for residential, commercial, and industrial development. The ordinance regulates not only the location of various types of land uses, but also outlines other development requirements such as maximum building heights, building setback requirements, intensity of use, and required off-street parking.

The division of land within the City of Coalinga is regulated by the City's Subdivision Ordinance as contained in Title 9 of the Municipal Code, and by the State of California Subdivision Map Act. The division of a parcel of land into two or more parcels is considered a subdivision of land and is subject to compliance with the City's Subdivision Ordinance. Information on the process and requirements for subdividing land may be obtained from the Permits Division of the Community Development Department.

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General Plan Update 2025

A General Plan expresses the community’s goals for the future distribution and character of land uses and development, both public and private.  California planning law requires the City to prepare and adopt a “comprehensive, long-term General Plan for [its] physical development” (Government Code §65300). The General Plan is required to be comprehensive in terms of issues addressed and must include the City’s entire physical planning area. It is required to be long-term and internally consistent. Toward this end planning activities including zoning approvals and amendments, subdivision approvals, capital improvements, and redevelopment activities need to conform to the City’s General Plan.  Preparing, adopting, implementing and maintaining a General Plan serves to:

  • Identify the community’s land use, circulation, environmental, and economic goals and policies as they relate to land use and development.
  • Provide a basis for local government decision-making including decisions on development approvals and exactions.
  • Provide citizens with opportunities to participate in the planning and decision making processes of their community.
  • Inform citizens, developers, decision makers, and other cities and counties of the ground rules that guide development within the community.

The General Plan bridges the gap between community values, policies, and goals and physical decisions such as subdivisions, land development and public works. California law (Government Code §65302) requires the General Plan include a statement of policies for each of the following elements: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space and Noise and Safety. 

The typical content of the required elements are described below:

  • Land Use: Designates the general distribution and intensity of land uses, including the general location, extent of use, and type of housing, businesses, industry, open space, education, public buildings and parks.
  • Circulation: Identifies the general location and nature of existing and proposed circulation, including roadways (e.g. arterial, collector, and local streets), highways, transit, and other transportation facilities and modes.
  • Housing: Assesses the current and projected housing needs of all segments of the community and identifies land and programs to provide adequate housing to meet those needs. The City of Coalinga’s Housing Element was updated separately in 2003 and certified by the State in 2004 therefore, has not been included in the 2025 General Plan Update process.
  • Open Space: Identifies open space resources and provides action programs and techniques for preserving open space areas for natural resources, outdoor recreation, public health and safety and agricultural activities.
  • Conservation: Identifies conservation resources and issues and provides measures for conservation, development, and use of natural and cultural resources including creeks, sensitive habitat, archaeological resources and historic structures.
  • Noise: Identifies and evaluates noise sources in the community and develops methods to mitigate existing and foreseeable noise problems.
  • Safety: Establishes policies to protect the community from risks associated with seismic, geologic, flood and fire hazards.

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Planning Applications

Planning Resources

Coalinga Housing Element Update (2015-2023)

Fresno County and 12 of the 15 cities in Fresno County are launching a Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element for the fifth round of housing element updates. Fresno COG is helping to coordinate the effort and this webpage will be the information center for the Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element. As the project progresses, this webpage will be updated with milestone documents and meeting announcements. Check back soon for more information!


The primary objective of the project is to prepare a regional plan for addressing housing needs through a single certified housing element for all 13 jurisdictions. The Fresno County Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element represents an innovate approach to meeting State Housing Element law and coordinating resources to address the region’s housing needs. The regional housing element approach, while tested in a few counties at much narrower scales, will be a major undertaking for Fresno COG and the 13 jurisdictions.


The following jurisdictions are participating in the effort: Fresno County, Clovis, Coalinga, Fowler, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Parlier, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, and Selma. 


What is a Housing Element?


The housing element is one of seven required elements of the general plan. However, it has several unique requirements that set it apart from the other six elements. State law  (Government Code Section 65580 (et seq.)) specifies in detail the topics that the housing element must address and sets a schedule for regular updates. State law requires each local government to update its housing element every eight years.  The housing element is also the only element reviewed and certified by the State for compliance with State law.  The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the State department responsible for this certification.


The Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element will cover the planning period of December 31, 2015, through December 31, 2023, and must be adopted and submitted to HCD for certification by December 31, 2015.


Housing Element Website - Click here

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