Plans for Downtown Glendale

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An 18-Hour City

These plans guide development for Downtown Glendale, the Glendale Town Center, and the Arts and Entertainment District to create an exciting urban center, which provides a wide array of excellent shopping, dining, working, living, entertainment and cultural opportunities within a short walking distance.

Downtown Specific Plan

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The DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN is a mixed-use, urban design plan that establishes the desired physical vision for Downtown Glendale through a clear and comprehensive set of policies, incentives, and requirements. The Plan establishes a coherent and consistent regulatory framework of standards and guidelines in the form of an easy-to-read, graphics-based manual. It sets the physical standards and guidelines as well as land use regulations, and directs policies for economic development; streetscape improvements; transportation development; parking; pedestrian amenities; open space and land use; preservation of cultural resources; and public art.


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Downtown Art & Entertainment District

The Glendale City Council and Redevelopment Agency directed staff to develop legislative incentives and code amendments to facilitate and promote this district, to encourage the clustering of theaters, music clubs, comedy clubs, art galleries and similar uses.

Glendale Town Center Specific Plan

The Town Center Specific Plan area is located in the Central Glendale Redevelopment Project Area of the City of Glendale. The Town Center Specific Plan encompasses approximately 15.5 acres bounded by Brand Boulevard on the east; Colorado Street on the south; Central Avenue on the west; and the Glendale Galleria. The purpose of the Town Center Specific Plan is to facilitate and encourage development and improvements that help realize the community’s vision for continued revitalization of the Glendale Central Business District. The Specific Plan is intended to facilitate the creation of a high-quality, comprehensive and functionally integrated open air commercial, retail, entertainment and housing district that is distinctive, creates a “sense of place,” and contributes to the creation of an integrated downtown residential base.

Mobility Study

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The MOBILITY STUDY gathers under a single umbrella the full range of best-practices to reduce auto congestion and promote multi-modal transportation. Each of these - free bus shuttle, parking benefit districts, in-lieu fees, and transit-priority streets, among others - is tailored to the physical vision articulated by the Downtown Specific Plan.




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