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Council to Consider Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan

Published on Monday, September 13, 2021 | 5:00 am

A public hearing on the Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan is scheduled for Monday’s City Council meeting. 

The updated Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan (LASP) would change the Lincoln Avenue corridor from an industrial and limited commercial area to a more vibrant neighborhood-oriented district, with new housing options, retail and service businesses, office spaces, and community uses.

“Updates to the LASP primarily focus on refining and/or establishing objective development standards to achieve the goals and vision of the General Plan,” according to a staff report included in Monday’s council agenda.

The project includes updates to types of use: policies: design and public realm standards; density and intensity of development; height and/or overall scale of buildings and structures; setbacks and stepbacks; parking requirements; types and amount of open space and landscaping and open space requirements; and implementation programs.

Along with Lincoln Avenue, the Central District, East Colorado Boulevard, East Pasadena, Fair Oaks/Orange Grove, Lamanda Park, North Lake Avenue, and South Fair Oaks Avenue all have specific plans that specify actions to be taken to recreate the respective corridors that better serve surrounding neighborhoods and create an attractive gateway into Pasadena. 

These plans are intended to be consistent with General Plan goals and policies. The city is updating all eight of its specific plans as part of the 2018 Our Pasadena program, launched as a step toward the implementation of the city’s General Plan, which guides overall future growth and development. 

Key Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan objectives include:

  • Creating a neighborhood “Main Street” that will serve as the focal point for the neighborhoods surrounding Lincoln Avenue. 
  • Preserving and enhancing existing residential areas by providing new opportunities for all types of housing along the corridor by facilitating opportunities for developments that provide desired neighborhood-oriented retail and service businesses, local employment opportunities, and a link to the community. 
  • Providing for the gradual phasing out of industrial uses that create conflicts with surrounding neighborhoods. 
  • Supporting designs that contribute to the enhanced character of the city and Northwest Pasadena in particular. 
  • Enriching the pedestrian environment along Lincoln Avenue through well designed and appropriately scaled projects and pleasing streetscapes. 
  • Inviting pedestrian activity through a cohesive and improved streetscape corridor.
  • Encouraging investment, maintenance, and pride in the Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan area. 
  • Enhancing public safety. 

According to its plan, Lincoln Avenue has for decades been the location of small-scale industrial businesses, many with outdoor operations.

“While Pasadena certainly supports a vibrant local industrial sector, districts in the city other than the Lincoln Avenue corridor are better suited and have been designated for such purposes,” the plan states.

The East Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan is scheduled to come before the City Council later this year. Public hearings for the remaining plans are scheduled throughout 2022.

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