Want Your Opinion About Pasadena’s Future Heard in a City Where Everybody’s Talking?

Taking a glimpse into the minds of local residents, city’s most storied preservation organization seeks public’s input about the Pasadena of tomorrow

Published : Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 5:03 AM

An important historic preservation group is asking Pasadenans to take a simple survey with the power to influence the future of Pasadena.

“Our goal is to connect with as many people in the community as we can,” said Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman. “It’s a very simple, short survey about what they love most about Pasadena, what’s important to them about the city, what they like the least about Pasadena, and how they might like to be more involved in problem-solving and engagement as the city tackles some of these questions.”

Over 400 people have already voiced their opinions through the new Pasadena Heritage survey, expressing their personal beliefs about sensitive and debated city issues such as preserving the city’s parks and open spaces, mansionization, trees, major development projects in the city, as well as the mother of all city issues: traffic and transportation.

The survey is part of Participate Pasadena, a new Pasadena Heritage initiative which will guide the organization’s future advocacy platform.

Pasadena Heritage has for decades shaped the face of Pasadena by performing leading roles influencing the preservation of historic buildings, the look and feel of development, city zoning and planning and educating and exploring the city’s architectural heritage.

Time is limited for residents to help make an impact on our city through the survey; the deadline is October 15.

The survey is a continuation of the paper-based survey that the organization gave out during the Participate Pasadena initiative kick-off meeting on September 19, where more than 130 Pasadena residents participated in breakout discussions.

Mossman said the organization has already received a good number of responses from the initial survey. Mossman said she hopes to see many more responses for the deadline. Many of the attendees at the launch meeting also took some of the survey forms to share with family members and neighbors.

Last Tuesday, Pasadena Heritage, through their own E-news, sent another request and link for people to respond to the survey, Mossman added.

Mossman said the results will also be posted online. All responses will be kept anonymous, according to the Pasadena Heritage website.

Pasadena Heritage will also use its e-news feature to distribute information about the survey as well as any future programs that may come as an offshoot to the initial Participate Pasadena meeting and survey.

A link to the survey is currently posted on Pasadena Heritage’s Participate Pasadena webpage, www.pasadenaheritage.org/participate, which also provides information presented by City departments during the kick-off meeting in September, as well as a list of projects currently underway or slated to start.

The web page also contains a list of City commissions that take part in the process and decisions relating to land use in the city.

For more information, visit www.pasadenaheritage.org.