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After several years of working together to create a shared vision of Pasadena’s future, the City of Pasadena will now focus on implementing that vision by updating its Specific Plans and the Zoning Code. Through this process, all of Pasadena’s Specific Plans and the Zoning Code will be updated, resulting in new development standards and guidelines that will help shape Pasadena’s major commercial and mixed-use areas.

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Guiding Principles

The following adopted Guiding Principles cumulatively represent the community’s vision for the future. The updates to the Specific Plans and the Zoning Code will be grounded by these Guiding Principles.

Target growth to enhance quality of life.

Growth will be targeted to serve community needs and enhance the quality of life

Preserve historic resources.

New development will be in harmony with and enhance Pasadena’s unique character and sense of place

Promote economic vitality.

Pasadena will be an economically vital city

Balance all areas of sustainability.

Pasadena will be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable

Commit to diverse education.

Pasadena is committed to public education and a diverse educational system

Make car-free circulation possible.

Pasadena will be a city where people can circulate without cars

Be a leader in the region.

Pasadena will be a cultural, scientific, corporate, entertainment, and educational center for the region

Welcome community participation.

Community participation will be a permanent part of achieving a greater city

These Guiding Principles were developed through an extensive public engagement and visioning process conducted over a six year period during the General Plan Update process.

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Get Involved

You’ll find a variety of ways and many opportunities to get involved as we update Pasadena’s Specific Plans.

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