Every city in California has a General Plan,
a blueprint for growth and development that lays out specific strategies for
land use, mobility, housing, open space, conservation, noise and safety. It
reflects a community’s values and directs all of the municipal government’s
day-to-day decisions, plans and priorities.
A thoughtful General Plan can protect a city’s character, create a vibrant
downtown, support a healthy business community, advance the arts, preserve
historic treasures, foster diversity, protect open space, promote transit
choices, enrich neighborhoods and much more. As times change, about every five
years the General Plan is revised to become more meaningful and relevant based
on the current state of a community, with an eye toward the future.
Each city’s General Plan is unique, including the level of community
participation. Pasadena is proud to have a long history of involving thousands
of residents, business leaders and others in shaping our General Plan. The
Pasadena you see today is a result of that history. In 1994, for example, more
than 3,000 people took part in the General Plan update, many urging that
development should be steered away from single-family neighborhoods and closer
to downtown, near transportation lines.