City Manager Suspends Time Limits in Some Land Use Matters

On Monday, City Manager Steve Mermell approved the suspension of some time limits related to land use matters imposed by the Pasadena Municipal Code.

The action is the third supplement to Mermell’s declaration of a state of local emergency in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and related business closures have created obstacles to meeting a number of timeless and deadlines set forth in the Pasadena Municipal Code,” a city statement reads.

The intention of the supplement to the order is to extend most permits by 12 months. The suspension applies to permits issued before July 1, 2020.

“COVID-19 poses practical and timing challenges in connection with a variety of planned projects,” Mermell said. “These include uncertainty regarding funding, labor availability and supply of materials. We do not wish to further burden the local economy by keeping these deadlines in place.”

The City Council adopted a resolution on March 30 authorizing the City Manager to extend various timelines that could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Mermell, additional code provisions may be extended in the future.