If you see new houses going up that are out of scale and character with your neighborhood, or watch “remodeling” projects become virtual demotions, and if you know of new homes that are good examples and contribute to the neighborhood, then you may want to get involved!
Now is the time to raise your concerns and tell the City’s Planning Department what you think!
Pasadena Heritage has witnessed new residential construction dramatically out of scale and out of character with surrounding older homes with the result that the feeling of a whole block or street is compromised. In a few cases, we were able to help stop illegal, unpermitted projects, but more often we learn that current zoning regulations allow what is being built.
Our city has special design standards for new multi-family dwellings, hillside locations, and historic properties and districts, but not for new single-family homes.
Those who don’t want the city to adopt any new design standards may argue that restrictions will impact property rights and therefore property values. However, incompatible construction also impacts property values as well as community integrity. By disrupting privacy and views, increasing energy consumption, introducing storm water run-off issues or unnecessary tree removal, the impacts of insensitive design can be damaging to the entire street in many ways. Furthermore, demolition is environmentally insensitive and should be strongly discouraged.
Pasadena City Planning Department is taking steps to improve this situation, starting with a three-phase study to examine existing development standards and meet with the community before recommending possible changes to the zoning code.
Four community meetings will be held around the city to hear from residents. Please try to attend one (or more) of these meetings and raise your questions, bring examples (bad and good), and express your thoughts.
Our historic neighborhoods are a critical part of what makes our city so desirable. Let’s work for solutions that help new homes be good neighbors.
Rescheduled! Thurs., April 30 Allendale Library
Thurs., May 7 Pasadena City College
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. (Parking Lot 3 or 4, $2 per car).
Tue., May 12 Madison Elementary Auditorium
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 515 Ashtabula St.
Wed., May 20 Jefferson Elementary Auditorium
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 1600 E. Villa St.
Thurs., May 21 Armenian General Benevolent Union
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 2495 E. Mountain St.
Thurs., June 11 Westridge School Braun Center
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 324 Madeline Dr.
! From a Pasadena Heritage Advocacy Alert.
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