A specific plan is a document designed to implement the goals and policies of the General Plan. Specific plans will be prepared for the seven areas which have been identified below. These plans will contain detailed development standards, distribution of land uses, infrastructure requirements, and implementation measures for the development of a specific geographic area. Transit- oriented development, pedestrian-oriented development, and mixed use development with housing over commercial, will be included in specific plans.
The Central District is especially unique – it is Pasadena’s urban core. This Specific Plan will include a diverse mix of land uses designed to create the primary business, financial, retailing, and government center of the City.
The vision for the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan is to establish a district with an energetic mix of community serving retail, medical facilities and other service-oriented businesses that would support and attract biomedical and technology-based companies.
The West Gateway Specific Plan will focus on the arts, culture and education by building on the strengths of the Norton Simon Museum and Ambassador Auditorium and this focus will be encouraged and strengthened through the Specific Plan.
East Pasadena is a major regional retail area and provides jobs, goods, and services to the City. The East Pasadena Specific Plan focuses on facilitating the expansion of existing businesses and development of new businesses to provide additional employment opportunities for Pasadena residents, as well as the addition of new housing opportunities to enable residents to live close to jobs and transit.
The East Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan was created to encourage vibrant mix of land uses, a unified streetscape and a series of distinctive places along a portion of Colorado Boulevard, approximately 3 miles in length, extending eastward from Catalina Avenue to the eastern City limits at Sycamore Avenue. It is comprised of six sub-areas (i.e. Mid-City sub-area, College District sub-area, Gold Line sub-area, Route 66 sub-area, Lamanda Park sub-area, and Chihuahuita sub-area).
The North Lake Specific Plan is one of the City’s very first specific plan with the intent to provide a safe pedestrian environment, support development near the Gold Line station, and minimize vehicle intrusions and its associated uses such as vehicles sales and drive-through businesses.
The Fair Oaks/Orange Grove Specific Plan is designed to enhance the quality of life for the Fair Oaks/Orange Grove community, reestablishing it as a lively focal point in the City. Through planning and urban design concepts, the Plan provides for the creation of a pedestrian- and transit-oriented community supporting businesses and residential uses in the area.
The vision for the Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan is to re-purpose the Lincoln Avenue corridor from an industrial and limited commercial area into a vibrant neighborhood-oriented district, with new housing options and a complement of local-serving retail and service businesses, office spaces, and community uses, all tied together with public improvements that create a vibrant and enjoyable pedestrian environment.