Round 1 Workshop
Your Goals - Getting Specific
The Planning & Community Development Department hosted the first community workshop on the Lamanda Park Specific Plan on July 26, 2018. The goal of the workshop was to solicit input on the vision and desired land uses and urban form of the area.
Workshop Agenda and Materials
Participants were provided a brief introductory presentation on the Specific Plan Update program, the General Plan vision for the plan area, and background information. For the majority of the workshop, participants were divided into small groups with facilitated discussions on particular topics. The main objective of the workshop was to solicit feedback from the community, rather than reach consensus on any particular topic.
The following are workshop materials and event photographs.
- Icebreaker Activity: Participants mapped out where they live, work, and play, and wrote three words for the future of the plan area.
- Powerpoint Presentation: Provided an overview of the Our Pasadena program and specific plan background.
- Small Group Discussion & Report Back: Participants broke out into small groups and discussed specific topics. Each table reported back to the larger group with a summary of main points.
What We Heard
More than 50 community members attended the workshop and provided feedback on the future of Lamanda Park. The following represents major themes that emerged during the small group discussion and comments received.
- Support for additional housing in the area, including bungalow-style housing and low-scale mixed-use buildings
- General support for affordable housing and homeless services in this area
- Consider reuse of motels/ hotels to other residential or commercial uses
- Consider introducing live/work units in industrial areas
- General desire to limit building heights to 2 or 3 stories
- Locate buildings adjacent to the sidewalk in some parts of the plan area
- Desire for more neighborhood-serving uses in the area
- Encourage more local mom and pop stores and businesses in the neighborhood
- Support for breweries, wineries, entertainment venues, theaters (but no nightclubs)
- Support for co-working/ shared space types of businesses
- Preserve light industrial areas as a valuable source of local-serving businesses
- Ensure that industrial areas have a variety of both industrial and creative uses
- Some participants expressed that this area should not be 100% research and development uses
- Improve streetscape and pedestrian experience by adding more crosswalks and more landscaping and tree canopy, especially along longer street blocks
- Desire for better public transportation in the area, especially connecting to nearby Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations