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About the Golden State Specific Plan

What is the Golden State Specific Plan?

A Tool Used to Establish a Vision for the Golden State District that will Guide Future Development

The Golden State Specific Plan will establish policy, and objective development and design standards that will guide future development and mobility improvements within the Golden State District. 

You can learn more about the purpose of a "Specific Plan" in the FAQ page. 

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What is the "Golden State District"?

The Specific Plan Study Area

The Golden State District occupies about 640-acres to the immediate east and south of Hollywood-Burbank Airport in Burbank, CA.  It is generally bounded by San Fernando Boulevard and the 5-freeway to the north, Empire Avenue to the south, Buena Vista Street to the east, and Hollywood-Burbank Airport to the west.  

The District has long been well-served by transportation networks - notably Hollywood-Burbank Airport and the commuter rail station on the Metrolink Ventura line.  In the coming decades it will witness an influx of additional transportation infrastructure, including relocation of the existing terminal at Hollywood-Burbank Airport, a new station on Metrolink's Antelope Valley line, and Burbank's proposed High Speed Rail station.

The name Golden State District was the name of the former Redevelopment Project Area taken from the name of Interstate 5; “Golden State Freeway.” 

What will the final product of the Golden State Specific Plan include?

A Specific Plan Document and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

The final deliverables will include:

  1. Specific Plan Document that includes carefully crafted policy and objective standards that will apply to all future development and mobility improvements within the Golden State District.​

  2. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that provides a comprehensive analysis of the specific plan's potential environmental impacts. 

Open Book

History of the Golden State District.

The Golden State District has long been associated with the aerospace industry. In recent years, it has begun to carve a new identity for itself.

The land use and economic history of the Golden State District can be told in a three-part story. Each historic chapter offers a lens with which to view and understand present-day conditions.


Chapter 1

Aerospace Hub (1940-1990)

Between 1940 and 1990, the Golden State District experienced a fifty-year period of growth tied to the overall expansion of the aerospace industry in Southern California. Lockheed Corporation served as an economic anchor until 1989, which is when it announced its departure.

Chapter 2

District in Flux (1990-2005)

After a period of expansive growth, the time between the years 1990 to 2005 saw the District in a state of flux, witnessing sporadic change. With the loss of Lockheed Corporation, the District experienced the departure of thousands of jobs and vast amounts of vacant land.
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Chapter 3

Post-industrial Success (2005-Today)

Since 2005, the District has seen a transformation characterized by significant job growth, which is driven not by traditional industrial and manufacturing jobs, but by technology and media jobs. Additionally,  there is recent interest in the development of housing. Several housing projects have been recently approved or are currently under review.

What is next?

The Golden State District has long been associated with the aerospace industry. In recent years, it has begun to carve a new identity for itself.

The District, today, is in the midst of a resurgence in economic activity, driven by post-industrial uses. Significant infrastructure and transportation improvements are planned in the District. This includes development of proposed High Speed Rail Station and the relocation of the existing Hollywood-Burbank Airport terminal. Additionally, numerous private developments are also in the pipeline. This plan will help establish clear expectations that shape future improvements so that they are consistent with and benefit the community.

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