Updates to the General Plan

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. The General Plan reflects the community’s values and directs all of the city’s day-to-day decisions, plans and priorities. As times change, about every ten years the General Plan is revised to become more meaningful and relevant based on the current state of the city, with an eye toward the future.

Every General Plan is unique. To gauge local needs, Pasadena is proud to have a long history of involving thousands of Pasadenans in shaping its 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 the city to steer development away from single-family neighborhoods and closer to downtown and near transportation lines.

General Plan Amendments

A General Plan Amendment is considered to be any change to the General Plan maps or text. State law provides that each mandatory General Plan element may be amended no more than four times per year.

Implementation Timeline




Updates Sequentially

General Plan 2015 Draft Documents

• September 14, 2015

Draft Environmental Impact Report The environmental analysis began with the completion...

2015 Final Documents

• August 18, 2015

On August 18, 2015 the City Council adopted new Land...

General Plan 2014 Policy Workshop

• September 14, 2014

The City held a community meeting on February 1 to review draft...

General Plan 2014 Commission Review

• September 14, 2014

Over the last few weeks, City staff has presented the...

General Plan 2014 Policy Work

• September 14, 2014

The draft land use and mobility policies cover topics such...

General Plan 2013 Council Approvals

• September 14, 2013

On April 22nd and 29th, 2013 the City Council took an...

General Plan 2013 Council Approvals

• September 14, 2013

The Community was invited to two General Plan Community Information meetings...

General Plan 2013 Environmental Review

• September 14, 2013

The City will hold four scoping meetings for the project...

General Plan 2012 Mobility Workshop

• September 14, 2012

MOVING PASADENA TOGETHER! Four workshops were held as part of...

General Plan 2012 Concept Plan

• September 13, 2012

THE DRAFT CONCEPT PLAN  The General Plan includes a land...

General Plan 2011 Workshops

• September 13, 2011

Five interactive community workshops were held across Pasadena in June...

General Plan 2011 Alternatives

• September 13, 2011

After more than a hundred workshops and community events, four...

General Plan 2010 Workshops

• September 13, 2010

Two interactive community workshops were held at Pasadena’s Senior Center...

General Plan 2010 Charrette

• September 13, 2010

After the Outreach Summary Report was completed, City staff and...