Every October, the American Planning Association sponsors National Community Planning Month to raise awareness of planning and the important role of planning, planners, and community involvement in the planning process. The Glendora Planning Department is proud to participate in National Community Planning Month.
In 2012, the City Council adopted a proclamation in recognition of National Community Planning Month. Throughout the month of October, the Glendora Public Library featured a display of maps and documents related to planning in Glendora. The Planning Department prepared a reading list of planning related books for those who are interested in reading more about planning.
What is Planning?
"Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations."
The American Planning Association
Planning in Glendora
Planning in Glendora starts with the General Plan, which is a long-range policy document that serves as the blueprint for how Glendora will develop in the years ahead. The General Plan reflects the community's vision for what it wants Glendora to be.
The General Plan is implemented by the Zoning Ordinance, which is part of the Glendora Municipal Code. Every property in Glendora has a "zone" designation that says how the property can be developed and used (residential, commercial, industrial, etc). The zones ensure that development in the city is consistent with the vision established in the General Plan and that only compatible land uses are placed in proximity to one another.
It is the responsibility of the Planning Department to manage the growth and development that occurs within each of these zones. Planners ensure that every project proposed in Glendora complies with the development standards outlined in the Zoning Ordinance, as well as State-level requirements, such as the California Environmental Quality Act.
In addition to Planning Department staff-level review, certain projects require special permission, entitlements, or a public hearing. These types of projects are reviewed by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission consists of five Glendora residents who are appointed by the City Council to serve four year terms. The Planning Commission holds public meetings in the City Council Chambers located at City Hall on the first Tuesday of the month.