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Healthy Pasadena : Livable Centers Study
The City of Pasadena and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) have embarked on a program called Livable Centers with a goal of designing livable communities for people to live, work, and play with healthier lifestyles.
The Healthy Pasadena Livable Center marks the City of Pasadena as a second time recipient of this program.
The Study Area is located in the central sector of the city, about a half-mile from Strawberry Park, between Spencer Highway and Fairmont Parkway, and Strawberry Road and Tulip Street. It is focused on the medical cluster anchored by HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, and home to the largest concentration of senior residents in Pasadena. Although we will be focusing on the area within the study boundary, all community residents are welcomed and encourage to participate in community engagement.
Goals of the study
The overall goal of the study is to create a vibrant urban center for all ages that connects diverse housing and thriving parks with employment opportunities to support healthy lifestyles. The study will result into a forward-looking vision and conceptual plan with tactical implementation strategies for catalyst projects that encourage walkability, connections within and between nodes of community activity, and build environment strategies that support local economic development and employment.
The Study was launched in September 2022 and is due to be completed in ten months by June 2023.
Element 1 Needs Assessment: Sept – November 2022
To create a strong foundation for an implementable and successful plan, a needs assessment will be developed based on comprehensive data analysis and it will be qualitatively verified by stakeholders and the local community.
Opportunities to get involved:
- Take the survey to help the project team understand what the communities’ concerns are
- Help host a “workshop-in-a-box” workshop with your friends and/or organization
Element 2: Conceptual Plan and Specific Recommendations – November 2022 – February 2023
With the help of the community , the project team will develop a Conceptual Plan that focuses on placemaking, improving access and safety for all modes, and boosting economic development, all while maintaining the health and wellness significance of the study area. In addition, the team will develop specific recommendations needed to help achieve the overall conceptual plan. Each recommendation will have a visual representation to help illustrate the intent of the project and will be posted to this website for the public to provide feedback on.
Opportunities to get involved:
- Sign up to the project mailing list to receive an alert when the conceptual plan is ready for public comment and provide feedback
- Follow these social media accounts to be made aware of when the implementation plan is ready for your review: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
Element 3: Implementation Plan ; February – April 2023
The consultant team will develop an implementation plan to guide project prioritization with an eye on final implementation, identification of key milestones, potential constraints, and market indicators to help determine the best timing to leverage funding opportunities and bring recommended projects, policies, and programs to fruition. With the help of the Steering Committee and the community, a final prioritization matrix will be developed to help the City of Pasadena identify which projects would provide the most positive benefit for the community.
Opportunities to get involved:
- Sign up to the project mailing list to receive an alert when the implementation plan is ready for public comment and provide feedback
- Follow these social media accounts to be made aware of when the conceptual plan is ready for your review: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
Element 4 : Study Report & City Council Presentation ; April – June 2023
Reports and deliverables for the Study will be consolidated into a Plan document to be presented to City Council for approval and uploaded to the Documents tab on this website.
There are several ways to get involved and share your insights! Stay informed on when and where in-person engagement events will occur by signing-up to the project’s mailing list to receive news, visit the News/Updates tab, and following these social media accounts: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
Community Pulse Survey
Share your thoughts, opinions, and ideas as part of a City-wide survey. Now open!
Input from the community will help ensure that the study’s recommendations reflect the needs of the local community for healthy lifestyles and that recommendations can be implemented.
The City of Pasadena, H-GAC and the consulting team are seeking public input and feedback during three (3) specific in-person events, we will update the website as dates are determined here:
- Public Meeting #1 – November 2022
- Community co-design workshops – December 2022 / January 2023
- Public Meeting #2 – March 2023
To further collect feedback and ensure the consulting team is on track with delivering recommendations that are a true reflection of what the local community needs, the City of Pasadena has identified a Steering Committee that represents people who live, work and are invested in the study area. The project team is grateful to those committee members that are volunteering their time for the future of the community.
A list of members is included here.
Workshop in a box
Conduct your own mini-community workshop!
Gather your youth group, book club, friends, neighbors and/or family and complete the “Workshop in a Box” exercise to help the consulting team gather as many issues, opportunities, and understanding of community assets that need to be considered before the conceptual plan is developed.
Information and supporting materials to host your mini-workshop are available here.
- Requirements: Notify the Workshop-in-a-box Point-of-Contact of the scheduled workshop
- Return completed Workshop-in-a-box forms and feedback to listed Point-of-Contact by January 3, 2023
Sign-up to the Study’s mailing list to receive notifications of news, updates, events, workshops, new documents, and surveys and feedback periods posted to this website!
Check this space for report uploads.
- City of Pasadena Livable Center Planning Study, 2021
- Pasadena Healthy Parks Plan, 2020
- City of Pasadena Strategic Redevelopment Plan