Central District

Plan Overview

The updated Central District Specific Plan (CDSP) received approval from the City Council on October 16, 2023. The plan area encompasses parcels between Corson Street and the I-210 Freeway to the north, Del Mar and California Boulevards to the south, Pasadena Avenue and the I-710 Freeway to the west, and Mentor and Wilson Avenues to the east.

Plan Area Map

The CDSP is bordered by the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan area to the southwest, and by the East Colorado Specific Plan area to the east. The Fair Oaks-Orange Grove and North Lake Specific Plan area to the north of the CDSP.

The updated CDSP will build upon its existing strengths as Pasadena’s vibrant downtown, providing a diversity of economic, civic, cultural, entertainment, and residential opportunities. The District will be a place to work, shop, live, play, raise a family and age with dignity, with convenient access by foot, bicycle, assistive device and transit, as well as by car. Physical and economic growth will support this role and respect numerous resources of historical and cultural significance that contribute to the District’s unique identity.

For more details on the plan area, please see adopted plan documents below:

* Note: The Zoning Code and Map become effective on March 31, 2024.

Specific Plans

Background Information

The updated CDSP was adopted by the City Council on October 16, 2023 and will become effective March 31, 2024. The links below will guide you to the City Council adoption hearing and the 1st/2nd readings, as well as the previous CDSP (2004).

The link to the 2004 Central District Specific Plan is below: