Neighborhood Association Calls Tuesday's Our Pasadena Community Meeting a "Critical Venue"

Published : Monday, June 25, 2018 | 5:16 AM

The Central District’s Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association has told its members to mobilize and bicycle advocacy groups have done the same in the days leading up to Tuesday’s Our Pasadena Community Workshop for the City’s Central District Specific Plan.

“In recent City Council discussions our hard-fought gains in Downtown development levels and transit-oriented projects are under renewed attack,” the Association said in an email on Saturday.“This meeting provides a critical venue to advocate for the pedestrian and active mobility improvements that we want to see implemented over the next planning cycle.”

The Association said it expects opposition to its positions at the meeting.

The City-hosted workshops series started in May and has already been conducted in four of the eight Specific Plan areas under “Our Pasadena – Putting the Plan in Motion,” the City-wide program to implement the General Plan.

Earlier workshops were held for the East Pasadena, South Fair Oaks, Lincoln Avenue and North Lake Specific Plan areas.

“These community workshops are at the heart of what ‘Our Pasadena’ is all about – creating Specific Plans that reflect the unique qualities of our distinct neighborhoods,” David Reyes, the City’s Director of Planning and Community Development, said in April.

The Planning Department said it intends to gather community input from each particular neighborhood in Pasadena, before finalizing the specific plans.

According to a Planning department timeline, the workshops are part of the Community Engagement and Plan Development phase of “Our Pasadena – Putting the Plan in Motion” that’s supposed to continue until 2020. The next phase will be Adoption and Implementation, from 2020 to 2021, according to the timeline.

Pasadena’s Department of Planning and Community Development is bringing this week’s Our Pasadena Community Workshop series to the Pasadena Senior Center at 85 East Holly Street on Tuesday, June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

For more details about the program and a full workshop schedule, visit the “Our Pasadena” project website, www.ourpasadena.org.

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