Planning Commission to Take Another look at Converting Hotels, Motels into Affordable Housing

Published : Monday, August 20, 2018 | 5:20 AM

The City of Pasadena’s Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, August 22, to receive updates on a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Code which will regulate the conversion of hotels and motels in the City to affordable housing.

A workshop discussion during the meeting facilitated by the Department of Planning and Community Development will include the review process, development standards, performance standards and updated information on the current inventory of hotels and motels, according to a memo by Planning Director David Reyes for the Planning Commission.

A public hearing earlier scheduled for August 8 to discuss the proposed amendment was cancelled and has been rescheduled to September 12, the memo said.

Other than the update, no formal action is planned Wednesday on the proposal.

Another important item in the agenda of the Planning Commission’s meeting Wednesday is a public hearing about changes to Planned Development No. 35 – the Colorado Hill Planned Development – which is a proposal to build a two-to-seven-story full service hotel on the north parcel of the site located at 1347 to 1355 East Colorado Blvd. and 39 North Hill Avenue and 1336 East Colorado Blvd., and a building with 89,595 square feet of floor space on the south parcel, most of which will be allocated for a lodging or residential facility.

The north parcel is bordered by Hill Avenue on the east, Colorado Blvd. on the south, Holliston Avenue on the west, and measures about 2.97 acres. It is currently occupied by a number of buildings and a large surface parking lot used previously for the display, sales and service of vehicles.

The south parcel is located in the northwestern portion of the block bound by Hill Avenue to the east, Green Street to the south, Holliston Avenue to the west, and measures about 0.71 acres. Two small buildings used in automotive sales are currently on the site.

The City Council approved Planned Development No. 35 in September last year, but the project applicant subsequently submitted modified development standards related to setbacks and building height.

The Planning Department memo indicated the proposed revisions have been reviewed by the City’s Design Commission, which determined the project demonstrated architectural excellence and mentioned specific conditions of approval. It is now recommending the revisions be approved by the Planning Commission.

Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, Room S249 at the Pasadena City Hall.

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