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Planning Commission to Weigh Expanding Allowed Use of Portion of Fuller Theological Seminary Campus

Published on Monday, June 20, 2022 | 5:47 am

Pasadena’s Planning Commission is holding a public hearing Wednesday, June 22, on a request for modification of an approved Planned Development at 250 N. Madison Ave. in Pasadena, which is part of the Fuller Theological Seminary campus. 

The revision being considered would allow administrative office uses not associated with a college, according to a staff report by the Department of Planning and Community Development. 

Currently, the Planned Development or “PD” Plan, approved by the Pasadena City Council on Sept. 12, 1988, only allows administrative offices with ancillary classroom space that is related to the college/university use. 

The report said 250 N. Madison Ave. is one of two parcels comprising the PD-21 zoning district. The site is currently improved with a 38,468 square-foot office building, occupied by Fuller Theological Seminary, and a surface parking lot with 112 spaces. 

The other parcel to the north, 270-286 North Madison Ave., is currently improved with a multi-unit residential building. No changes are proposed to the existing improvements on this parcel. 

Analysis by the Planning and Community Development Department showed no unusual circumstances to the application for PD revision. The change of use to Office-Administrative Business Professional is a “negligible expansion of use,” the report said, and the project, as outlined in the PD Plan, “will not be detrimental to the public interest, health, safety, convenience, or general welfare of the city.” 

The Department is recommending approval of the proposed PD revisions, the staff report said. 

Wednesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission begins at 6:30 p.m. Members of the public can access it on Zoom through or by calling (669) 900-6833 and using the webinar ID 899 7795 6245. 

Public comments may be sent by email through Comments will also be allowed during the public hearing. 

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