News for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project

June 2015

Pasadena Council to Consider Appeal of CUP and Environmental Document

On Monday, June 1st the Pasadena City Council will consider the appeal of Leona Klipstein and Hugh Bowles of the conditional use permit and the mitigated negative declaration for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project. The documents have previously been approved by Hearing Officer Paul Novak and the Board of Zoning Appeals and have now been referred to the full City Council for final review.

March 2015

Board of Zoning Appeals Approves CUP and Mitigated Negative Declaration; Appeal Filed.

The Pasadena Board of Zoning appeals considered an appeal of the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project Mitigated Negative Declaration and Conditional Use Permit on Wednesday, March 4th in the City Hall Chambers. Afert hearing presentation by appealants Hugh Bowles and an attorney representating Leona Klipstein, the Board voted unaminously to approve the recomendation of the Hearing office and to approve the two key planning documents. After the decision, Ms. Klipstein filed a further appeal that will be determined by the Pasadena City Council at a future date.

January 2015

Hearing Officer Approves Environment and Planning Documents; Appeal Filed.

The Mitigated Negative Declaration and the Conditional Use Permit for the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project were approved on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Paul Novak, the hearing officer, considered comments offered by the public to the environmental document and zoning permit and approved the staff recommendation regarding the project. An appeal has now been filed and will be heard by the Board of Zoning Appeals at a date yet to be determined.

View or download these key documents:
Conditional Use Permit  |  Response to Comments

October 2014

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Released

An initial environmental study recommending a Mitigated Negative Declaration with mitigation measures has been prepared (IS/MND) and is available here. PWP has also applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP #6222) for the project. From October 9 through November 8 the City of Pasadena is accepting written comments on the IS/MND. A Notice of Public Hearing has been prepared for this project and may also be downloaded at the City’s web page under the heading of NOTICES.

All comments must be submitted in writing and postmarked no later than November 8, 2014 by mail, e-mail or fax to Mr. Jose Jimenez of the City of Pasadena.

You can find the document and appendices at the link above, with the notice from the City of Pasadena.

September 2014

Hahamongna Nursery Now Open for Business

Oaks and sycamores, cottonwoods and willow - the Arroyo needs thousands of local native plants to enhance local habitat. Together with Pasadena Water & Power, ASF is developing a native plant nursery for the Arroyo Canyon Project. Now that nursery is open. This month we will begin training core volunteers to become our very important nursery leaders while finalizing the site setup with irrigation, shade structures, and working areas. Please contact Rebecca Shields Moose for details about how you can get involved at 323-426-1156 or

May 2013

The Arroyo Seco Foundation would like to say thank you to all of the wonderful Hahamongna stakeholders who have been so dedicated to keeping Hahamongna natural and have been actively participating in the public process of the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project (ASCP) design.

The Arroyo Seco Foundation and volunteers conducted a headcount on the Gabrielino Trail up the Arroyo Seco Canyon during this past Memorial Day Weekend. The goal of this headcount was to gain an understanding of the usage of this trail during a peak weekend. The information gathered from this count will be used to influence the design of ASCP. For more information and the results of the headcount, click here.

April 2013

We are pleased and excited to announce that ASF has partnered with La Loma Development Company, a sustainable design/build company, to grow native trees and shrubs from our immediate region of the Arroyo Seco Watershed at La Loma's grounds in Northwest Pasadena. The trees grown on La Loma's grounds will be used for tree plantings and restoration volunteer projects throughout the entire Arroyo Seco, including the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project. Through this partnership, La Loma will join the Arroyo Seco Foundation in advocacy for a harmonious approach to watershed management and habitat restoration for the ecosystem around the Arroyo Seco.