Pasadena Planning Department to Host Virtual Open Houses for All Specific Plans

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In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to engage the community, the City of Pasadena Planning & Community Development Department will hold virtual open houses for its program Our Pasadena—Putting the Plan in Motion starting in July.

Our Pasadena was launched in 2018 as a step towards the implementation of the city’s General Plan, which guides future growth and development for Pasadena. Since the launch of the program, a number of community members have engaged in the process by participating in workshops, stakeholder interviews, walking tours, pop-up events and youth activities, signing up for email updates, and following @OurPasadena on social media.

Through this process, all eight of Pasadena’s Specific Plans will be updated, resulting in new development standards and guidelines that will help shape Pasadena’s major commercial and mixed-use areas. The final phase of community meetings, Round 3, will take place between July and December of this year and will be held virtually to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

During the virtual open houses, community members will have an opportunity to explore interactive stations with information on potential development standards for new commercial and residential projects located along Pasadena’s major commercial and mixed-use corridors, including Colorado Boulevard, Foothill Boulevard, Lincoln Avenue, Fair Oaks Avenue, and Lake Avenue. A total of eight virtual open houses will be held, one for each of Pasadena’s Specific Plan areas, providing an opportunity for the community to review the draft standards and submit comments online.

The planning department is currently exploring additional options to engage the community during these this pandemic, including setting up weekly telephone or virtual office hours where community members may have the opportunity to speak with a planner about a particular Specific Plan. Community feedback will help shape the proposed Specific Plans that will be presented to the Planning Commission for their review and consideration starting early next year.

Sign up at for updates and information on upcoming virtual open houses for the Specific Plan Update program. Browse the program website to find out more information on each of the Specific Plan areas and past planning efforts. Got questions? Email

May 18, 2020

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