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    Structures in PasadenaNew design guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial and Multi-family Residential Districts were adopted by the City Council on October 19, 2009.  These new guidelines also apply to all specific plan areas except the Central District Specific Plan area.  In the seven areas with specific plans, there are design guidelines within the specific plan documents which apply to each of these areas.  The Citywide Design Principles in the Land-use Element of the General Plan also apply to all applications for design review. These principles, which are a general statement of urban-design objectives, are supplemented by the more detailed guidelines described above.  

    Where design review is required for new signs (refer to the design review thresholds in the Zoning Code), here are the Sign Design Guidelines.


    Beginning January 1, 2010, a new preliminary consultation phase of design review will be established for applications for design review involving construction of new buildings or major alterations to existing buildings.  This process will allow building designers to obtain comments from city staff and, in some cases, the Design Commission, on their preliminary design concept prior to preparing formal design drawings.   

    Also beginning January 1, 2010, applications for design review that require Design Commission review will need to include a 3D digital model of the proposed new building.  A list of acceptable file formats will be posted to this website in the near future.

    The map below reflects the areas of the city that are subject to design review.   


    Click for larger image - Design Review Map 
     


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    View & Download Design Guidelines

    Note:  The design guidelines for the North Lake, East Pasadena and West Gateway Specific Plan areas are not currently available electronically, but hard copies may be obtained from the Permit Center. 

    Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
    These guidelines apply to projects that affect designated or eligible historic buildings and may also apply to adjacent sites.

     

  • Icon Central District Specific Plan - Private Realm

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the Central District Specific Plan area.

     

    Icon Central District Specific Plan - Public Realm

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the Central District Specific Plan area.

     

    Icon Central District Specific Plan - Sub Districts

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the Central District Specific Plan area.

     

    Icon Citywide Design Principles

    General design principles from the land use element of the General Plan.  These principles apply to all design review projects citywide.

     

    Icon Design Guidelines For Historic Districts in Pasadena

    Design Guidelines for Historic Districts in the City of PaSADENA, CALIFORNIA April 2002 with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for HISTORIC PreservationDesign Guidelines For Historic Districts in the City of Pasadena, California with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for HISTORIC Preservation April 2002 C

    Icon East Colorado Specific Plan Area

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the East Colorado Specific Plan area. The Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial & Multi-family Residential Districts also apply in this area.

     

    Icon East Pasadena Specific Plan Area

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the East Pasadena Specific Plan area.  The Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial & Multi-family Residential Districts also apply in this area.

     

    Icon Fair Oaks and Orange Grove Specific Plan Areas

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the Fair Oaks/Orange Grove Specific Plan area.  The Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial & Multi-family Residential Districts also apply in this area.

     

    Icon Neighborhood Commercial and Multi-family Residential Districts

    These design guidelines apply to projects in Neighborhood Commercial and Multi-family Residential Zoning Districts and are supplemental to design guidelines in each specific plan area except the Central District.

     

    Icon North Lake Specific Plan Area

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the North Lake Specific Plan area.  The Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial & Multi-family Residential Districts also apply in this area.

     

    Icon Sign Design Guidelines

    Where design review is required for new signs (refer to the design review thresholds in the Zoning Code), the Sign Design Guidelines apply.

     

    Icon South Fair Oaks Specific Plan Area

    These design guidelines apply to projects in the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan area.  The Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Commercial & Multi-family Residential Districts also apply in this area.