As proposed, the Granville Homes gated subdivision near Shields and Fowler avenues will include 71 single-family homes with reduced minimum lot sizes and backyards. Source: City of Fresno

Aug. 2, 2023 — Fresno Planning Commission

Documented by Ntsa Iab Vang

What happened: At its Wednesday meeting, the Fresno Planning Commission moved forward the construction of a gated subdivision near the eastern edge of the city, along with a request to deviate from development standards by reducing setbacks and minimum lot size requirements.

As proposed, the Granville Homes subdivision near Fowler and Shields avenues will include 71 market rate single-family homes.

The vacant land is already zoned for single-family residential, medium density, but the developer requested deviations that will allow it to build larger homes on smaller lots with less space between homes.

And also: The commissioners approved a request from the Building Industry Association (BIA) to modify the municipal code to allow the release of bonds prior to the completion of certain sidewalk improvements, driveway approaches and planting of street trees.

According to the project description, the occupancy of homes will not be permitted until all of the street improvements in front of the homes have been installed and inspected.

The BIA is an organization paid through membership fees to represent the interests of builders, developers, subcontractors and affiliated businesses in Fresno and Madera counties.

Up next: The Fresno Planning Commission is scheduled to meet again Aug. 16.

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