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City Commission to Focus Wednesday on Future Development in Pasadena’s Central District

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 6:09 am

The Planning Department will hold a second study session with the Pasadena Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 22, to present an update on the Central District Specific Plan (CDSP), which focuses on plan boundaries and standards that would regulate future development in the Central District.

The CDSP generally covers the area bound by the I-210 freeway to the north, Pasadena Avenue to the west, California Avenue to the south, and Wilson Avenue to the east.

Bordering the CDSP are the East Colorado Specific Plan (ECSP) to the east and the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan (SFOSP) to the southwest.

The new ECSP was recently adopted in February and the SFOSP is pending adoption by the City Council.

On December 8, the Planning Commission held a study session on the proposed CDSP. Currently, the Planning Department is reviewing the Commission’s feedback, as well as feedback received from the public, and may be able to present a revised proposed CDSP to the Planning Commission by fall, with a formal recommendation to City Council possibly in the winter.

The proposed CDSP reflects the ideas and feedback gathered from several community outreach activities conducted between 2018 and 2021.

According to the draft, the proposed CDSP hopes to facilitate and build upon the area’s existing strengths as Pasadena’s vibrant downtown, providing a diversity of economic, civic, cultural, entertainment, and residential opportunities.

The plan intends to keep the Central District as a place to work, shop, live, play, and raise a family in, with convenient access by foot, bicycle, and transit, as well as by car. Physical and economic growth will support this role and respect the numerous resources of historical and cultural significance that are within the Central District and contribute to its unique identity.

Wednesday’s second study session is an information item only on the agenda; no specific decision is expected at this time. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Members of the community can view the draft CDSP, as well as other associated material, on

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