Tonight, Pasadena Heritage Launches New Outreach to Survey Community on Traffic, Development, City Planning

Published : Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 5:44 AM

Tonight homegrown preservation group Pasadena Heritage launches its new community outreach initiative called “Participate Pasadena” aimed at engaging residents and directly soliciting their input about Pasadena’s built environment.

The kick-off meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church at 393 North Lake Ave.

“We have had very positive feedback,” Sue Mossman, executive director of Pasadena Heritage, said Monday. “We already have about 140 participants, and so our room is getting close to full.”

Mossman said the meeting will give Pasadena Heritage “an opportunity to listen to a broader audience from the community about things that matter to them.”
The preservation group will also be launching a city-wide survey as part of the initiative. A survey questionnaire will be available at the meeting, and distributed widely to Pasadena residents in the following weeks, with the results posted online. Information from the survey will be added to public input from the meeting, then summarized in a report for participants, including the City Council, said Mossman.

Weighing in on the initiative, Councilmember Andy Wilson said earlier this month “the City’s important general planning process is too infrequent, and the residents have been clamoring for a forum for ongoing dialogue about critical urban planning issues like open space, development intensity and affordable housing.”

“I think that many people in this city feel that they don’t really have an opportunity to voice their concerns or their questions or raise issues,” said Claire Bogaard, a co-founder and former Executive Director of Pasadena Heritage. “So we thought if we put together some informal discussions, people hopefully will feel free to come and to voice their concerns, issues and questions and anything else they would like to relay.”

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