In summer and fall 2009, more than 3,000 people helped identify what they cherish about Pasadena and what they would like to see improved. This was known as phase one of the General Plan Land Use and Mobility Elements update, and all comments were organized into an Outreach Summary Report approved in May by the Pasadena City Council.
Now it’s time for phase two, when we’ll consider our options, make some tough decisions and create a city that reflects our community’s diverse wishes.
Should Pasadena continue to grow into a more metropolitan city or should we slow down to maintain our small-town feel? Is there a healthy balance between the two?
State your opinion during one of two community workshops at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.:
• Saturday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Each workshop will include a short presentation on some of the challenges facing Pasadena, such as housing affordability, the local economy, housing laws and climate change. Then breakout groups will discuss the existing guiding principles of the General Plan, pinpoint areas of the city that are fine just the way they are, and determine if, how and where any new growth should occur.
Input from the September workshops will be used to draft alternatives that address concerns identified in the Outreach Summary Report. In spring 2011, you’ll be invited to another round of workshops to choose which alternatives will be included in the updated General Plan.
The Land Use and Mobility Elements make up the roadmap that helps guide Pasadena’s future. To ensure the plan reflects all areas of our community, we need input from residents, property owners, business people, non-profit organizations – people of all backgrounds, ages and interests.
In addition to attending community meetings, stay involved by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/generalplan where you can find more details on workshops, pore through documents and join an e-mail list. You may also call 744-6807.
Make your mark on Pasadena’s future!