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The Housing Element Update process provides all residents, property owners, and businesses with the chance to help guide the future of housing in Visalia. A successful Housing Element will reflect the community needs through 2031. To do this we need YOUR input!

This page has information on upcoming engagement opportunities, including workshops, public meetings, and events. Please check back regularly for updates.


Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended one of the environmental justice outreach events or participated in our communitywide survey over the past few months! We received a lot of great feedback about your concerns about environmental justice in Visalia throughout this engagement process. This feedback will be used to draft the goals and policies of the City’s new Environmental Justice Element. Please check back soon for the Public Review Draft Environmental Justice Element.


Community Workshops

Community workshops can be held in-person or virtually. These workshops provide the opportunity for community members to learn more about the Housing Element Update process, ask questions, provide feedback, and participate in interactive activities that help the Housing Element Team gather input on important community issues.

There will be four (4) community workshops throughout the Update process. Please check back here for dates, times, and locations of workshops, or signup for our email list using the orange button on the right side of your screen to get the latest news about upcoming events!

Past Community Workshops:

Community Workshop #1: Housing Needs, Issues, and Opportunities - October 26, 2022 | Learn More

Online Engagement

At key points in the Housing Element process, the Housing Element Team will post online exercises and surveys. These tools provide an accessible way for residents and stakeholders to provide their opinions from the convenience of their home or office.

Online exercises will be posted here, linked on the home page, and announced via the mailing list. Please don’t forget to sign up!

Planning Commission & City Council Study Sessions

Throughout the Update process the Housing Element Team will hold study sessions with the Planning Commission and City Council to review and discuss the Draft Housing Element Update. These meetings will be open to the public and will include opportunities for public comment.

There will be six (6) study sessions at various stages of the Update process. Please check back here for meeting dates, times, and locations, or signup for our email list using the orange button on the right side of your screen to get the latest news about upcoming events!

Past Study Sessions:

City Council and Planning Commission Joint Study Session #1 -  September 19, 2022 | Learn more

Public Hearings

There will be two (2) public hearings in the final stage of the Update process, one with the Planning Commission and one with City Council. These meetings will be open to the public and will include opportunities for public comment.

Please check back here for meeting dates, times, and locations, or signup for our email list using the orange button on the right side of your screen to get the latest news about upcoming events!

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We need to hear from you!

Please use the green “Comments” button on the right edge of the screen to send us a comment anytime, day or night.



Housing Element Element - City Council Public Hearing

Date: December 18, 2023
Time: 7:00am 

On December 18, 2023, at 7 p.m. the City held a public hearing with the City Council to review and consider adoption of the Public Hearing Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element. 

City Council Public Hearing: December 18, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 707 W. Acequia Avenue
Agenda: Download Here 
Agenda Packet: Download Here


Housing Element Element - Planning Commission Public Hearing

Date: December 11, 2023
Time: 7:00am 

On December 11, 2023, at 7 p.m. the City held a public hearing with the Planning Commission to review and provide recommendations on the Public Hearing Draft Housing Element. 

Planning Commission Public Hearing: December 11, 2023 @ 7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 707 W. Acequia Avenue
Agenda: Download Here


Environmental Justice Element - Community Event #2

Date: September 16, 2023
Time: 10:00am (El Grito En Visalia)

On Saturday, September 16, 2023, the City held the second community outreach event for the Environmental Justice Element at the El Grito En Visalia event. The Project Team had a booth with information about environmental justice and opportunities for the public to provide feedback on environmental justice concerns in Visalia.

Click Here to download the event posters.


Environmental Justice Element - Community Event #1

Date: August 5, 2023
Time: 8:00am (Visalia Farmer's Market)

On Saturday, August 5, 2023, the City held the first community outreach event for the Environmental Justice Element at the Visalia Farmer's Market. The Project Team had a booth with information about environmental justice and opportunities for the public to provide feedback on environmental justice concerns in Visalia

Click Here to download the presentation.


City Council Work Session on the Public Review Draft Housing Element

Date: June 19, 2023
Time: 4:00pm (City Council Chambers)

On June 19, 2023, the City held a work session with the City Council to review and discuss the Draft Housing Element. The session included an introductory presentation outlining the contents of the Draft and opportunities for public input.

Click Here to download the presentation.


Community Workshop #2

Date: March 15, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm (Virtual)

On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, the City held the second workshop on the Housing Element Update. The virtual workshop discussed vacant and underutilized sites with potential for housing development, as well as sites appropriate for affordable housing. The workshop included a presentation, a live poll, and an opportunity for the public to provide input.

Click Here to download the Housing Element Fact Sheet.


Housing Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) Meeting #2

Date: January 31, 2023
Time: 11:00 am (Virtual)

On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the City held the second HTAC to discuss housing sites and residential capacity in Visalia. The meeting included an introductory presentation, which is provided below.

Click Here to view the agenda.

Click Here to download the presentation.


Community Workshop #1

Date: October 26, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm (Virtual)

On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the City held the first workshop on the Housing & General Plan Updates. The virtual workshop included an introductory presentation, a live poll, and an opportunity for the public to provide input on housing needs, issues, and opportunities in Visalia.

Click Here to view the flyer.

Click Here to download the Housing Element Fact Sheet.


City Council and Planning Commission Joint Study Session #1

Date: September 19, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Agenda Item #2

The Housing Element Team facilitated the first study session with the City Council and participating Planning Commissioners to present an overview of the Project and get input and direction on their expectations.

Click Here to view the meeting agenda and presentation.

Click Here to view the meeting video.


Join the Conversation!

Provide your email address to stay up to date on meetings and key milestones. The Housing Element Team will send out timely emails throughout the process regarding upcoming events, workshops, meetings, and project documents.

Click the orange "Join eMail List" tab on the right edge of the screen to sign up.

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Questions? Contact us:

Brandon Smith, Principal Planner 
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(559) 713-4636

City of Visalia Planning Department
315 E. Acequia Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291

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