Planning Commission To Continue Review of Route 66 Specific Plan

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A special meeting will be held Tuesday, July 21 for members of the Glendora Planning Commission to analyze another subdistrict of the hotly-debated Route 66 Specific Plan.

Commission members will examine the Barranca Gateway Subdistrict, the westernmost subdistrict, which covers areas just east of Barranca Avenue and to west of Grand Avenue. The subdistrict employs mixed-use and commercial zoning.

Those who helped craft the Specific Plan envisioned utilizing adjacent Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College for market potential. The construction of student housing and retail is encouraged in the Barranca Gateway to attract potential students, according to City Staff.

The Barranca Gateway, mostly developed in the ’60s and ’80s, is  mix of commercial and residential. The majority of the Barranca Gateway is developed and the conditions of current homes are considered in fair to poor condition, City Staff said.

The Barranca Gateway is the fourth of eight subdistricts to be examined. The Grand Avenue Gateway and Grand/Route 66 Gateway remain, along with the Specific Plan’s streetscape improvements and design themes.

Barranca Gateway Route 66 Specific PlanIn October of 2014, members of the Glendora City Council asked for City Staff to take a second look at the Route 66 Specific Plan, a zoning document more than a decade old, to help city officials determine its relevance in town.

A public meeting was held Feb. 18 where residents aired many concerns about the direction of development in town, as well as the development process.

A presentation of the Route 66 Specific Plan report is scheduled to be delivered to the Commission October 6 where City Staff will present recommendations for moving forward.

The Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 116 E. Foothill Blvd.