Pasadena InSight

General Plan Update

Pasadena is about to update at least the Land Use and Mobility elements of its General Plan.  Monday,  January 12, the City Council is discussing who will be on the committee to oversee this update.  The Staff report on this item 7A(1) is available on the Council’s Agenda.  It’s important to have good citizen representation on this committee.

The California Supreme Court has called the general plan the “constitution for future development.”   The general plan expresses the community’s development goals and embodies public policy relative to the distribution of future land uses, both public and private.

  • Identify the community’s land use, circulation, en-
    vironmental, economic, and social goals and poli-
    cies as they relate to land use and development.
  • Provide a basis for local government decision-mak-
    ing, including decisions on development approvals
    and exactions.
  • Provide citizens with opportunities to participate
    in the planning and decision-making processes of
    their communities.
  • Inform citizens, developers, decision-makers, and
    other cities and counties of the ground rules that
    guide development within a particular community.

from the State of California General Plan Guidelines 2003, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

In case it sounds boring, it isn’t.  The Pasadena that you live, play and work in, see, hear and drive through is the result of countless decisions based on the goals and objectives of previous General Plans.  It’s our constitution on which so much is based.

The state requires seven ‘elements’: Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open-Space, Noise, and Safety.  Pasadena will have fourteen, with Open-Space and Conservation combined into one.

http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/planning/deptorg/commplng/LandUse/LandUse.asp#Project_Schedule_

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