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Growth Limit Backed

Pasadena city officials, despite having their growth-control plan rejected by voters March 7, will move quickly to carry out the wishes of voters who want severe limits on apartment, condominium and commercial construction in the city through the end of the century.

“The voters have spoken and it is now incumbent upon the city board of directors to implement (the initiative sponsored by Pasadena Residents in Defense of our Environment) . . . ,” said Mayor William E. Thomson Jr., who opposed the winning initiative.

Voters approved the PRIDE measure 57.2% to 42.8%, while rejecting the city’s rival measure by nearly a 3-to-1 margin. The PRIDE initiative limits multifamily housing construction to 250 units a year and limits construction of commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet to a total of 250,000 square feet a year. The measure exempts single-family houses, affordable housing and commercial projects in Pasadena’s northwest side.


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