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Altadena CSD

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*The Board is considering alternative language for the Fences and Hedges Standards in the Altadena CSD*
This alternate proposal is being reviewed by the Altadena Town Council and the Altadena Land Use Committee, and includes a Summary, diagrams of a Corner Lot, Driveway Zone with Sidewalk and Driveway Zone without Sidewalk
For more information, please contact the Altadena Town Council, or visit them on their website at altadenatowncouncil.org
For more information on what is fact and what is fiction, please see our Rumors page.

***The May 23, 2017 Board hearing scheduled for this ordinance, is being requested to be continued to June 27, 2017.***
The text of the RPC approved ordinance can be found here or on our Documents and Reports page.
Board hearing materials, including the board letter and attachments have been posted to our Hearings and Minutes page and Documents and Reports page.

Project Information

The Altadena Community Standards District (CSD) is a supplemental district of zoning regulations to ensure that new and expanded structures and uses are compatible in size and scale with the surrounding neighborhoods within the unincorporated community of Altadena.

The existing CSD was established in 1998, and is based on the 1986 Altadena Community Plan. The current update to the Altadena CSD is in progress in collaboration with the Altadena CSD Committee, a subcommittee of the Altadena Town Council.

Changes to the existing Altadena CSD encompass the commercial and residential areas of Altadena and include recommendations that;

  1. Add certain home based businesses while protecting residential character
  2. Update standards for fences and hedges
  3. Improve the walk-ability of commercial areas
  4. Make outdoor dining more accessible
  5. Update signage standards and apply new standards throughout Altadena
  6. Ease permitting for certain desired uses

Stay tuned to this webpage for periodic updates on this project, or subscribe to our mailing list for updates sent directly to your email. If you are interested in learning more about the Altadena CSD update, or any of the many other projects the Department of Regional Planning is currently involved in please sign up for our mailing lists and let us know what you are interested in! We look forward to your participation and comments.

Ordinance Information

Draft Altadena Community Standards District Update Ordinance (as of July 28, 2016)
Please check Documents and Reports for next draft which is expected mid-October.

The Altadena Community Standards District is a part of Title 22, the County of Los Angeles Zoning Code, tailored to meet the needs of the Altadena community. The Altadena CSD Update in Section 2 of the Ordinance will revise uses and development standards for residential and commercial areas to maintain the diverse, eclectic and unique character of Altadena, and encourage town/district centers with thriving businesses and pedestrian oriented development. The intent of the update is to provide more opportunities for home based occupations, address heights of fences and walls in front yards, provide more consistency for front yard setbacks, create a pedestrian friendly building design and community consistency for commercial uses and signage, and make businesses on undersized lots more viable while protecting and enhancing the residential nature of the surrounding community. The CSD modification process is being streamlined to be consistent with how discretionary projects are processed through the Minor Conditional Use Permit. Sections 3 through 10 of the Ordinance are not specific to Altadena. These are countywide ordinance amendments that will provide consistency for discretionary projects for Hearing Officer cases and for the Minor Conditional Use Permit.

Guide to Reading the CSD Ordinance

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