Arrow Highway Specific Plan

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The proposed Arrow Highway Corridor planning area is generally bounded by the Glendora city limits on the west and east including all properties fronting Arrow Highway on the north.

In 2007, the cities of Glendora, Covina, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Irwindale, and the County of Los Angeles participated in a joint planning effort funded by the Southern California Association of Governments (or SCAG) through its Compass Blueprint Demonstration Program. The Arrow Highway Corridor study provided land use, economic, design, and implementation strategies aimed at improving the overall corridor while also creating greater connections between land use and transportation. In April, 2014, the Glendora City Council identified the Arrow Highway Specific Plan as part of the City’s Strategic Plan to enhance economic development with community involvement and allocated funding for a community planning effort targeting this corridor.

The goal of this Specific Plan is to provide policy direction regarding how the Arrow Highway Corridor area can be transformed and revitalized. A primary objective of such a plan is to provide for a transition of uses that is responsive to market forces and supports the overall economic development and livability goals of the City. The Specific Plan is to be prepared with the active involvement of residents and business owners (particularly those within and near the Arrow Highway Corridor),  as well as input from the County, the City of Covina, Foothill Transit, LA County Flood Control District, and other key stakeholders.

The end objective is to create a revitalized corridor serving the community and region with a variety of land uses set in an attractive environment that creates a warm and inviting southern gateway to the City of Glendora.

One of the most important parts to the Specific Plan is public input. The preparation of the Specific Plan will be an iterative process involving drafting and refinement of the document based on public participation and comment.

Significant Activities and Schedule 

A Steering Committee of community stakeholders has been appointed by the City Council. See below for notes from past meetings. All Arrow Highway Specific Plan Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and noticed. The public is encouraged to attend and participate during the public engagement sessions and comment periods.

DRAFT Arrow Highway Specific Plan, May 2017

Recent Activity 

Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting

As part of this effort, a comprehensive program-level Environmental Impact Report (EIR) consistent with the State and City Guidelines for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be prepared.  The EIR will provide a programmatic-level evaluation of the proposed Specific Plan and will be used to facilitate subsequent project-level analysis of individual development projects within the Plan. The City's consultants have completed an Initial Study and are currently working on preparing the EIR. On May 24, 2017 at the Teen Center, the City conducted the initial public review meeting which is referred to as a scoping meeting. This meeting allowed area residents to have an opportunity to provide initial comments on what impacts they believe should be covered in the project EIR. The EIR process and tentative project schedule was also reviewed. Public comments received at this time will assist the City in preparing the EIR document.

Notice of Preparation (of EIR)

Initial Study (large document, may take a while to open)

Scoping Meeting Summary
The Arrow Highway Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting was conducted in
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The Meeting convened at 7:05 pm on May
24, 2017 at the Glendora Crowther Teen and Family Center. Four members of the public attended; the
meeting was facilitated by Emily Stadnicki, City of Glendora, Lisa Brownfield, MIG and Cameron Hile,
MIG. The following environmental related issues were discussed:

  • Noise impacts of existing and future corridor uses (outdoor dining, shopping, cars, etc.) on
    adjacent residential uses.
  • 24‐hour industrial operations within the Specific Plan area
  • Vehicle safety, specifically, sight‐distancing and angles for cars pulling out onto Arrow Highway.
  • Pedestrian safety

In addition to the environmental issues, the participants discussed:

  • Wanting more outdoor dining/walkability and less vehicle parking along Arrow Highway.
  • Existing businesses that are not now nor will be compliant with zoning.
  • Wanting the former Wonder Bread factory turned into adaptive re‐use.
  • Park and Parking Overlay

Staff updated the Planning Commission on the Arrow Highway Specific Plan process at their regular meeting on June 6, 2017.

A draft of the EIR is currently being reviewed internally and will be released in late 2017 or early 2018. 

Next Meeting

Staff will return to the Planning Commission in early 2018.

Contact Information

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