Frequently Asked Questions
In 2015, the City of Pasadena updated the General Plan including the Land Use and Mobility Elements. The Land Use Element is a guide and establishes broad policies that identify the overall pattern of future development, determining when, where, and what type of new growth and investment may occur. The Mobility Element provides a vision of an integrated multimodal transportation system that offers choices and accessibility for everyone living and working in the City. This current effort will update Pasadena’s Specific Plans and Zoning Code to be consistent with the updated General Plan.
The existing Specific Plans and the Zoning Code predate the General Plan Land Use Element which was updated in 2015. While many aspects of the existing plans and Zoning Code are still relevant, the Land Use Element introduces some new ideas and priorities. As part of this update, the City will be soliciting input on the specific rules that will regulate the size, shape, use, and placement of buildings, and much more, within Pasadena’s Specific Plan areas.
The process to update Pasadena’s Specific Plans and the Zoning Code is expected to span about three years and is estimated to conclude in 2021. Please visit this website often and/or sign-up for email updates.
The success of this update process depends on your participation. Everyone who lives, works, attends school, owns property and/or operates a business in the City of Pasadena should contribute to this process. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and provide feedback. Here are some of the ways to get involved.