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East Colorado Specific Plan Updates Head to Design Commission After Months of Review

Published on Monday, October 26, 2020 | 5:07 am

After months of workshops, walking tours, and community consultations, Pasadena’s Department of Planning and Community Development will present updates on the East Colorado Plan to the  Design Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The presentation is part of updating Pasadena’s Specific Plan, a process that began in 2018. The program’s primary objective is to update existing development and design standards and guidelines within areas of Pasadena’s eight Specific Plans in order to implement a number of goals contained in the General Plan.

The East Colorado Specific Plan, adopted in 2003, provides neighborhood-specific design and land use regulations for an approximately 200-acre area in central Pasadena. The area includes parcels fronting Colorado Boulevard between Wilson and Roosevelt avenues, Green Street between Wilson and Holliston avenues, and Allen Avenue between Corson Street and Colorado Boulevard.

The Metro Gold Line Allen Station is located just north of the East Colorado Specific Plan boundary. Other notable assets in the Specific Plan area include Pasadena City College, the historic Methodist Church on Holliston Avenue, the Kindel Building, the Howard Motor Co. Building, and the historic Foothill Boulevard Milestone Marker.

In July, the Planning Department launched a virtual open house for each of the specific plans, first featuring the East Colorado Specific Plan, so the community could examine each specific plan online and in the safety of their homes, and be ready to provide input and feedback which should further help in fine-tuning the plans before they are presented later to the Planning Commission and the City Council.

Anyone wishing to access the East Colorado Specific Plan can visit and simply click on the items they want to visit to learn more about the plan.

The whole East Colorado Specific Plan, including the latest updates, can also be accessed through

Tuesday’s presentation will be an information item in the Design Commission’s special meeting, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

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