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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.


Community Workshop #2
Held March 15, 2023

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, for the second workshop on the Housing Element. The virtual workshop was held to discuss vacant and underutilized sites with potential for housing development, as well as sites appropriate for affordable housing. The workshop included a presentation summarizing State requirements and current vacant residential sites in the city, followed by opportunities for public input. 

Flyers for the event are shown here. Use the "English" and "Spanish" buttons to download the flyer in your preferred language. 


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!

Send us your comments!

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 Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) Meeting #3

Date: May31, 2023
Time: 8:30 am (Virtual)

On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, the City held the third HTAC meeting to discuss the draft action plan (goals, policies, and programs) and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Analysis. The meeting included an introductory presentation, which is provided below.

Click Here to view the agenda.

Click Here to download the presentation.


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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