On July 8, 2019, an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA)between American Family Housing and the City was approved for a proposed affordable housing project in Downtown Alhambra. The project will include replacement parking for downtown businesses and 50 affordable units to very low-and low-income residents. A Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) is being drafted and will be presented with a report to the City Council in October.
In February 2020, prior to the COVID-19 closure, the City Council provided direction to develop an Inclusionary Hosing Ordinance. The Ordinance,which would require a percentage of all new residential units built to be reserved for eligible income residents, is currently being reviewed by the Planning Commission. After the review, staff will present a report and ordinance to the City Council, and recommend adoption of the ordinance.
Per the direction of the City Council, staff issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a consultant to prepare a Historic Context Assessment, the first step in establishing a local regulatory framework for the designation and protection of significant historic and cultural resources.Following completion, a comprehensive city wide survey will be conducted and then a Historic preservation Ordinance will be drafted. City staff is currently reviewing 8 RFPs that were received on August 17th. A contract will be awarded at the City Council meeting on September 14th.
The City Council awarded a contract to Aecom on October 28,2019 to study the rehabilitation of the Shorb Clinic property into a Community Center. Aecom has completed their public outreach and is in the process of finalizing the Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study, which will identify the types and levels of demand for services that are currently lacking or underrepresented in the City, and determine the feasibility of implementing the recommended Needs Assessment on the site.
On December 9, 2019 the City Council authorized the RFP distribution for a consultant to assist in the preparation of a Bicycle Pedestrian and Transportation Plan. The proposal deadline was on January23,2020, staff received four proposals in total. The plan is meant to provide and develop active transportation corridors, facilities and lanes throughout the City. The plan will aim to connect major pedestrian attractions while attempting to minimize traffic and improve walkability.
On February 20, 2020 the proposing firms were interviewed. Staff was prepared to recommend a firm at the March 23, 2020, City Council meeting.
On March 19, 2020 in response to growing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order and Public Health Order for Californians to stay at home. As a result of the Stay at Home Order,the award of contract for the development of the plan was delayed.
On July 13, 2020 staff brought the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan back to the City Council for consideration. Given the intensive public input and contact that is required, Staff was seeking direction on how to proceed with the development of the plan amid the Covid-19 pandemic response and restrictions. Also for consideration at the July meeting was the plan’s funding source (local funds v potential grant funds) as Statewide closures and delays allowed the City the opportunity to apply for the newly postponed Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 (ATP).
City Council directed staff to further delay the initiation of the planning process to coincide with the application and funding cycle for the Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 Grant and to ensure that public engagement can occur without restrictions on public gatherings.
Currently staff is working to develop a cohesive and regionally relevant ATP Cycle 5 grant application.
The coronavirus has presented many challenges to the food service industry. To help restaurants stay afloat, the City of Alhambra is temporarily allowing outdoor dining on public right-of-way if it doesn't impeded access, as well as on private property. There is no cost to applying for these permits.
Temporary Outdoor Dining on Public Right-of-Way Permit
· The temporary outdoor dining area may be located on the front, side or rear sidewalk or alleyway as feasible.
Temporary Outdoor Dining on Private Property Permit
· The temporary outdoor dining area may be located in a private parking lot as feasible.
The temporary outdoor dining capacity is intended to offset the loss of indoor dining and shall not cause to increase the total maximum capacity permitted for the establishment.
These temporary permits are valid for 90 days and can be renewed for additional periods with revised conditions as updated by state or County Health Department.
For more information, as well as to download the permit applications, visit:
The City of Alhambra is embarking on a comprehensive update of our Zoning Code! We're encouraging all residents, business owners, and other stakeholders within Alhambra to take part in the project. Visit our new website and give us your feedback on how the Zoning Code can be revised to implement the recently adopted General Plan. Your input will be used to help shape Alhambra’s future. By participating, you can make an impact on the community’s vision for Alhambra as a safe, healthy, socially and economically viable and sustainable community. To learn more, visit: https://www.alhambracodeupdate.com/.
UPDATE: Miller Planning Associates presented an overview of CODEALHAMBRA to the City Council on August 13, 2020. The presentation included the project objectives, process, and schedule. View a PDF of the presentation here.
The City of Alhambra is working to develop and evaluate various alternatives for possible modifications to the current SR-710 stub, North of the I-10 to Valley Boulevard. In 2017, the Metro Board voted to eliminate the SR-710 North extension between Alhambra and Pasadena. The Metro Board also redirected $708 million in Measure R funds to local road improvements to provide traffic congestion relief for the region.
A City transportation consultant has narrowed the preliminary options to some suggested alternatives that initially appear to reduce congestion and improve traffic locally without negatively impacting the region.
You can read more about those options and view the consultant's presentation to the City Council meeting at:
Census takers will begin interviewing households in areas that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census soon. In California, the follow-up work begins on August 11th. Census takers will wear a mask while conducting their work. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond. For information on how to identify census takers, click here. Households can respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020. Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.