General Plan

A City's General Plan is the "blue print" for future development. The General Plan guides the pattern of land development, including residential, commercial and recreational uses and how to get from here to there! It describes how the City will grow or change over time, and is the mechanism by which community character is preserved and enhanced. The General Plan is the document that contains the official policies that guide the development of the City.

ADOPTED HOUSING ELEMENT - FEBRUARY 10, 2014


Update to General Plan Housing Element, Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map

The City of La Cañada Flintridge City Council conducted public hearings at its meetings on January 21, and February 3, 2014, and continued the matter to an adjourned regular meeting on February 10, 2014 for adoption. The public attended these hearings and commented on the recommended update of the Housing Element of the La Cañada Flintridge General Plan, recommended amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to implement housing-related policies of the General Plan, recommended amendments to the Downtown Village Specific Plan (Ordinance No. 312) and to rezone properties to be consistent with the Land Use Map of the General Plan. This technical update of the Housing Element is required by State law in accordance with a cycle of review by the State Department of Housing and Community Development in order to address housing needs within the City. A summary of the adopted ordinance is contained herein below. The amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the Downtown Village Specific Plan are necessary to implement the policies contained within the Housing Element, and include the following components:

Multiple Family Residence (R-3) and Residential Planned Development (RPD) Zones

The adopted amendments increase the allowable density in each of these zones to a recommended minimum of 20 dwelling units per acre and a required maximum of 30 dwelling units per acre, and make modifications to facilitate the development of multi-family housing in the proposed density range, including eliminating the minimum dwelling unit size for multi-family housing, reducing minimum parking requirements for multi-family housing and providing additional flexibility in parking standards for senior and affordable housing project, and simplifying ordinance standards in several locations. The adopted amendments also modify permit requirements for multi-family housing projects in the R-3 zone to allow all multi-family housing projects “by right” throughout the zone.

Mixed Use (MU) Zone

The adopted amendments create a new mixed use (MU) zone, as well as development and design standards associated with the zone. Commercial and residential uses could be combined in a single building within this zone. Allowable uses and permit requirements within the MU zone are similar to those allowed within the existing Community Planned Development (CPD) zone, with the exception of auto-oriented uses such as vehicle sales and repair, which are not permitted in the MU zone. The density in the MU zone includes a recommended minimum of 20 dwelling units per acre and a required maximum of 30 dwelling units per acre. Development standards for the MU zone are similar to those in the R-3 and RPD zones, and incorporate standards to create a pedestrian-friendly environment with a mix of small-scale commercial and residential uses.

Downtown Village Specific Plan (DVSP)

The amendments modify standards in the Residential District to eliminate the requirement that multi-family housing projects be for seniors only, and modify the DVSP standards slightly to eliminate language that may discourage the development of multi-family housing projects in the DVSP area.

Single Room Occupancies (SROs)

The amendments modify the CPD zone to allow SRO facilities with a Conditional Use Permit. The amendments include minimum standards for SRO facilities to ensure they are designed and managed to adequately meet the needs of residents and to be sensitive to surrounding uses.

Emergency Shelters

The amendments modify the CPD zone to allow emergency shelters by right within the zone to meet the needs of the City’s homeless population as required by the State. Any additional shelters provided beyond this minimum would require a Conditional Use Permit. In addition, the amendments include minimum standards for emergency shelters to ensure they provide amenities and services to meet the needs of shelter residents, and are also managed to be sensitive to surrounding uses.

Transitional and Supportive Housing

The amendments define transitional and supportive housing, and provide for their regulation in accordance with state law.

Affordable Housing Density Bonus

The amendments incorporate the affordable housing density bonus requirements included in state law into the zoning ordinance, including eligibility requirements and procedures for granting a density bonus or other development incentive.

Reasonable Accommodation

In accordance with state law, the amendments add a formal procedure for a Reasonable Accommodation procedure to the zoning ordinance in order to afford disabled persons an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. The amendments establish procedures for making reasonable accommodation requests, including application, review, decision making, and appeal processes.

City Zoning Map

The amendments formally adopt the City’s zoning map into the zoning ordinance. The adoption of the Zoning Map into the zoning ordinance provides legal recognition that the current Zoning Map, which is already maintained by the City, is the official method of designating zoning on properties within City boundaries. Additionally, the following properties were rezoned as noted:

Assessor’s Parcel #                  Property Address                                   Current Zoning                         Proposed Zoning

5810-014-022                          4479 Rockland Pl                                   CPD                                         R-3

5810-015-015                          2160 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

5810-015-016                          2160 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

5870-008-021                          4504 Rockland Pl                                   CPD                                         R-3

5870-008-022                          4503 Castle Ln                                      CPD                                         R-3

5870-001-013                          No Address                                            CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-001-014                          2111 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-001-015                          2125 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-001-016                          2135 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-001-017                          2137 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-001-018                          2139 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-001-019                          2151 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-010-037                          2271 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-010-043                          2243 W Foothill Blvd                              CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-010-044                          2243 W Foothill Blvd                              CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-010-045                          2251 W Foothill Blvd                              CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-010-046                          2251 W Foothill Blvd                              CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-011-056                          2383 Foothill Blvd A                               CPD                                         Mixed Use

5870-011-057                          2355 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         Mixed Use

No APN                                    1919 Verdugo Blvd                                CPD                                         Mixed Use

No APN                                    1929 Verdugo Blvd                                CPD                                         Mixed Use

No APN                                    1929 Verdugo Blvd                                CPD                                         Mixed Use

No APN                                    1939 Verdugo Blvd                                CPD                                         Mixed Use

5813-007-015                          4473 Indiana Ave                                  R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-007-016                          4471 Indiana Ave                                  R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-007-022                          4465 Indiana Ave                                  R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-005                          1420 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

5813-014-015                          1431 Curran St                                      R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-016                          1413 Curran St                                      R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-017                          4474 Indiana Ave                                  R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-018                          1425 Curran St                                      R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-019                          1400 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

5813-014-020                          1438 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

5813-014-031                          No Address                                            R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-036                          1417 Curran St                                      R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-038                          1421 Curran St                                      R-1-5,000                                 R-3

5813-014-039                          1428 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

5813-014-040                          1432 Foothill Blvd                                  CPD                                         R-3

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The General Plan was adopted on January 22, 2013 - City Council Resolution No. 13-01 The Housing Element was updated and adopted on February 10, 2014 - City Council Resolution No. 14-04 (Housing Element)


GENERAL PLAN and Final EIR - ADOPTED ON JANUARY 22, 2013 and UPDATED HOUSING ELEMENT - FEBRUARY 10, 2014

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General Plan

Title    Acknowledgements    Contents    Executive Summary   

1 - Introduction (2412k)

2 - Land Use Element (5206k)

3 - Open Space/Recreation Element (2848k)

4 - Conservation Element (5095k)

5 - Safety Element (39582k)

6 - Circulation Element (3366k)

7 - Noise Element (3593k)

8 - Air Quality Element (1437k)

9 - Housing Element (as updated February 10, 2014) (5587k)

10 - References (1156k)