Protecting the character of our neighborhood
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This page will serve as a repository for information about the homeowners' effort to designate the "Madison Heights Landmark District," including updates on the process and answers to common questions.
There are over 20 Landmark Districts in Pasadena, and our neighborhood is eligible to be one of them. In fact, we already have 4 block-long Landmark Districts within the area of the proposed MHLD: South Madison Ave, South Hudson Ave, South Oakland Ave, and the just-designated Magnolia Ave.
The purpose of a Landmark District is to recognize and help maintain and protect the unique historical architectural qualities and ambience of our single-family neighborhood. Being designated a Landmark District enhances the value of a neighborhood's properties and its identity as a special neighborhood with its own character. It's also a valuable tool to curb “mansionization.” Additions, alterations and new construction can all still occur. A design review process helps ensure that exterior work that's visible from the street is in keeping with the character and scale of the area.
More to come...
Q & A
Find answers to the most common questions here, like:
- What is a Landmark District (and is a "Historic District" something else)?
- What are the benefits and ramifications of being in a Landmark District?
- I'm not in the Madison Heights Neighborhood Association, why is my house included in the proposed map? Or: why isn't my house included?
- What if my home is newer or has already been greatly altered? Is there any impact for me?
- How would this affect the 4 single-block Landmark Districts that are already designated within the proposed larger District?
- Are there any financial ramifications? Tax impact?
- Does it increase our property values?
- Does it impact things like landscaping, paint colors, lighting, interiors, or work that isn't visible from the street? (No. That one's quick.)
- Could I still build that granny flat for my granny?
- What has to happen in order to be designated a Landmark District?
- Can I see examples of additions and new construction that have been approved in Landmark Districts?
- And much more....
Questions? Comments? Need more info? Want to join your neighbors and get involved to help make this happen? Please email:
See the proposed MHLD map. Final borders may change.