Pasadena Gets Specific About the Lincoln Avenue Neighborhood in Meeting Set for Thursday Evening

The goal? Community input about the Lincoln Avenue Neighborhood Specific Plan

Published : Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 5:10 AM

The Lincoln Avenue neighborhood is next up at bat for tonight’s “Our Pasadena” community meeting, part of a city-wide series of meetings to engage the community in the updating of Pasadena’s Specific Plans and Zoning Code to align them with the vision, goals, and policies of the most recent General Plan.

Pasadena’s Planning Department will hold the meeting for the Lincoln Avenue area Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 1180 Lincoln Avenue.

“The City of Pasadena updated its General Plan in 2015. In order to put the ‘plan’ in motion,” Senior Planner Anita Cerna explained earlier this year, “the Planning & Community Development Department will engage the community to create new development standards and guidelines that will reinforce and create vibrant, economically strong areas that balance preservation of distinct community character, urban form, and historic resources with consistent implementation of the General Plan.”

Cerna continued, “Through ‘Our Pasadena’, the Planning and Community Development Department will solicit input on the specific rules that will regulate the size, shape, use, and placement of buildings, and much more, within Pasadena’s Specific Plan areas.”

The program is not, however, according to Cerna, soliciting input on planned projects or projects currently in the entitlement process with the City.

“The opinion of the community matters. We want to hear what they think,” said Cerna.

The workshops will provide questions to the community to guide the discussion, said Cerna, who added, “but there are no actual plans to look at yet. Those will come in the third round of meetings.”

Utilizing the theme, “Getting Specific,” with a focus on individual Specific Plan Areas, the workshops will be tailored to each neighborhood’s Specific Plan, providing opportunities for community members to share ideas for each area, according to the City’s website.

“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,” said David Reyes, Director of Planning and Community Development.

According to the City’s website, the creation of the General and Specific Plans is guided by the following principles—Targeting growth to enhance quality of life. Promoting economic vitality.Balancing all areas of sustainability, a commitment to diverse education, and making car-free circulation possible.

The “Getting Specific” workshop series runs through the summer in the following neighborhoods:

North Lake—Thursday, June 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church
Central District—Tuesday, June 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holly Street Senior Center
Fair Oaks/Orange Grove—Thursday, July 12th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fair Oaks Renaissance Plaza
East Colorado—Tuesday, July 17th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pasadena City College
Lamanda Park—Thursday, July 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pasadena Christian Church

More information about the program and a full workshop schedule is available at

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