Building in city of La Canada Flintridge:

A City’s General Plan is the “blueprint” for future development. The General Plan is the formal document that provides the policies that will direct how the City develops. The General Plan directs the property’s layout, including the mix of residential, commercial, and recreational uses, as well as transportation options. It outlines how the City will develop or evolve through time and serves as a means of preserving and enhancing neighborhood identity.

The Land Use Element’s primary purpose is to define the La Canada Flintridge Land Use Plan, which contains the Land Use Policy Map, related land use classifications, goals, objectives, and policies. The Land Use Element of the General Plan serves as a roadmap for La Canada Flintridge’s policymakers, decision-makers, members of the public, and planners about the preferred pattern of development through the 2030 planning horizon. Its scope is the largest of the General Plan’s aspects since it is crucial in tying together all land use concerns into a set of cohesive development strategies connected to the others.

The city council gave due and specific regard to the distinctive appropriateness of every zone formed for the particular purposes stated, the space requirements, the density of land occupation, and the required, proper, and comprehensive groupings and arrangements of the different industries, enterprises, and population of the city in relation with established plans when creating the individual zones set out by the Zoning Code.

The R-1 single-family residential zone is designed to be a low-density residential neighborhood with single-family residences and typical auxiliary structures that are regarded in keeping with low-density residential development.

The RPD Residential Planned Development Zone and the R-3 Multifamily Zone were created for residential construction in accordance with the general plan’s categorization of multifamily housing. The minimum and maximum densities are twenty and thirty residential units per acre. Residential densities that exceed the general plan land use designation are not allowed, except for density bonus projects.

The CPD Community Planned Development Zone’s objectives are to provide appropriately located areas for office use, retail stores, service establishments, and wholesale businesses providing commodities and services required by residents of the CPD Community Planned Development Zone; and to protect properties designated as residential in the general plan which are adjacent to properties designated as commercial from noise, unsightliness, and other nonresidential environmental impacts associated with a commercial operation.

The Foothill Community District Zone was created to prevent the district’s present residential uses from gradually converting to commercial or multifamily land uses.

You can find the Zoning map in the Knowledge Center.


City of La Canada Flintridge – Planning Department:

The Planning Division is in charge of the City’s present and long-term planning to guarantee balanced physical development in line with the General Plan that the City has established, as well as to administer and enforce the City’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance. The daily tasks of clearing business licenses, clearing building permit requests for zoning compliance, clearing reports for discretionary approvals at various authority levels, monitoring development for compliance with approvals or regulations, and protecting trees on private property are all included in the administration of the ordinances.

The Planning Division is also in charge of Historic Preservation through the utilization of Mills Act Contracts with the City and Community Design through the administration and application of the City’s Residential Design Guidelines.

The Municipal Code lays down guidelines for the growth and administration of the City. The City’s Code Enforcement department’s job is to ensure these regulations are followed. The code enforcement office looks into potential infraction notices and will work with property owners to bring them into compliance.


City of La Canada Flintridge – Building and Safety Department:

The Division oversees the coordination of all activities related to the construction of buildings, including plan review, permit issuing ( building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, green buildings, residential, and energy standards), building inspection, and enforcement of state and municipal building regulations. 

The Los Angeles County Building and Los Angeles County Fire regulations have been accepted by reference by the City, with a few exceptions. The fundamental state-wide California Building and Fire Codes are changed to create these codes. The enhanced codes that must be used are:

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Residential


City of La Canada Flintridge – Public Works Department:

The Public Works Department is in charge of managing the City’s public works program and performing engineering services. All facilities inside roadway rights-of-way, including those within private projects and City-owned land, must be designed, prepared, and checked by the Department. The Department creates appropriate plans, drawings, and specifications for roadways, sidewalks, park areas, medians, storm drains, sewers, parks, and signage and striping. The Department manages agreements with various organizations or groups to keep public sidewalks, roadways, alleyways, curbs, gutters, and storm drains. The Department is also in charge of maintaining City-owned assets, including buildings, machinery, parks, parkways, landscaping, shared-use facilities, and city trails.


General Area Summary: 

La Canada Flintridge is a city in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 20,100. La Cañada Flintridge is home to the world-renowned Jet Propulsion Laboratories, an 18-hole golf course, and an L.A. County Public Library, Descanso Gardens