Four alternatives to consider for Pasadena’s future, and four opportunities to voice an opinion. Pasadena’s next step in the process of revising its General Plan comes this month, in four public forums and a survey process. At the end of the process, the city will update its Pasadena’s General Plan Land Use and Mobility Chapters. The Land Use Chapter specifies the acceptable locations for development, as well as the types of building that will be allowed, and the Mobility Chapter contains strategies to safely and efficiently move people and goods within Pasadena.
During an upcoming series of workshops, Pasadenans can learn about each of the four development proposals and the affect they would have on jobs, housing, traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and more. The workshops will include exhibits, presentations on the alternatives and an opportunity to ask questions of those who drafted the plans. After considering the options, residents and business owners can take part in an online survey (found here). The survey will be live until July 8.
Here’s a quick look at the proposals up for debate:
—Alternative A calls for growth to be diverted from the Central District and placed toward East Pasadena and other business areas, including South Fair Oaks. It would encourage mixed-used housing and commercial development along major streets outside of the Central District.
—Alternative B focuses on maximizing economic vitality by allowing new buildings in all areas, with the assumption that such development would create new jobs.
—Alternative C calls for “smart growth” and transit villages along transportation lines like the Gold Line and major intersections where services, shopping and businesses already exist.
—Lastly, Alternative D, seemingly the simplest of the four, calls for slowing growth citywide, with building limits of two to three stories and reductions in the amount of units allowed in new residential buildings. This plan operates under the assumption that the city is suffering from excess development that is resulting in traffic, a decrease in civic character, and impaired mountain views.
You can get more details on the proposals by clicking here.
This fall, with community input, the refined concept plan and analysis of the survey results will be presented during public hearings with advisory commissions. The final recommended concept plan will be presented to the Pasadena City Council by the end of the year, followed by a six-month environmental impact report process. Whether you want to see future growth in the beloved Old Pasadena area or encourage a new “neighborhood village” on North Lake and East Washington, attend a workshop and be a part of the change.
Four Alternatives to Consider for Pasadena’s Future
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