The Pasadena City Council recently approved the “General Plan Update Goals and Policies.” This action sets the course of development and growth in Pasadena for the next 20 years. Most debate centered around maintaining a strong city, but not harming the character of established neighborhoods. The Council adopted caps to support growth consistent with the pace of the last 20 years.
The plan will direct 60% of residential and 40% of commercial development to the Central District. These districts are Old Pasadena, Civic Center, Civic Center Financial, and Playhouse Plaza Historic Districts. New development will continue along primary transit corridors and hubs of activity in walkable radii. South Fair Oaks, North Lincoln, and North Lake will see more dramatic changes. There, emphasis will be on mixed use projects and a growing network of bike lanes.
Next, the City will begin the process of translating the general plan into regulations.
Implementation Programs will —
- Update existing Specific Plans
- Update the Zoning Code and Zoning Map
- Develop Citywide Design Guidelines and Street Design Guidelines
- Revise associated Transportation policies
Every city in California has a General Plan, a blueprint to guide the future. Pasadena’s General Plan is made up of over a dozen chapters with the Land Use and Mobility Chapters currently being updated. For more information about the General Plan Update: http://cityofpasadena.net/GeneralPlan/