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Welcome to the Planning Division

The Planning Division provides both strategic planning and development project review services to the City Council, Planning Commission, Citizens of Visalia and the development community.


The Planning Division is responsible for maintaining the City's General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Specific Plans. The Planning Division provides support staffing for the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, as well as provides environmental and planning support to other departments within the City. The Planning Division also prepares studies and reports such as demographics, land absorption trends, and development entitlement activity on a regular basis.

For Zoning and Related Information

  • Staff is available to assist individuals at the Customer Service counter, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Or contact the Planners Hotline at 559-713-4359. This 24-hour a day recording service requests the callers name, phone number, and a detailed description including address or parcel number. A staff member will return your call within 24-hours.
  • Or please schedule an appointment for more complex development-related inquiries by contacting the Planner's Hotline at 559-713-4359.

Josh McDonnell, AICP
Assistant Director / City Planner
315 E. Acequia Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: 559-713-4364 -- Fax: 559-713-4814

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