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News ImageHelp Create a Development Vision for North Long Beach!

The City of Long Beach is in the process of developing the Uptown Planning Land Use and Neighborhood Strategy (UPLAN), and you’re invited to get involved and participate in two upcoming activities. The UPLAN is a collaborative effort between the City and the community to create a new vision, economic strategies, active transportation improvements, and zoning to guide future development in Uptown.

  • Public Visioning Activity – Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Grace Park, 361 E. Plymouth St.
  • Walk Audit – Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the Carmelitos Community Center, 852 E. Via Carmelitos.

For more information on UPLAN and details on the event, please visit

News ImageCongratulations to the Neighborhood Leadership Program Class of 2018!
We are proud to present the Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) Class of 2018! Congratulations to these dedicated resident leaders for completing the five-month program and gaining the tools to make a greater difference in our City. Since 1992, the NLP has empowered 720 grassroots residents to tackle existing community challenges and enhance the quality of life of Long Beach neighborhoods.

News ImageTake the Climate Action and Adaptation Survey
The City is developing its first-ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), and we want you to be a part of the process. Developing the CAAP is just the beginning of an ongoing, collaborative process to make Long Beach a safer, healthier, and more sustainable place to live, work, and play. The community is encouraged to get involved by providing input, spreading the word, and sharing ideas, priorities, and solutions to help establish and achieve the City's climate goals.

Take the CAAP survey now to give us your thoughts for creating an actionable and meaningful CAAP for Long Beach. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog at the links below.


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More information on the CAAP

News ImageLBDS Unveils Award-Winning Annual Reports

Development Services is pleased to share the 2017 Annual Report Trilogy, which has been honored with an Award of Excellence for a Communications Initiative by the American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles Section. Together, the Downtown Plan Update, Planning Commission, and Cultural Heritage Commission Year In Review publications illustrate the great accomplishments and progress of Development Services staff and the commissions, and visually take readers through our journey of Building a Better Long Beach. These efforts promote the revitalization and sustainability of the community, and enhance the quality of life of Long Beach. The APA is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States.

News ImageUpdated Noise Element Conditions Report Now Available

Listen up, Long Beach! The updated Noise Element Existing Conditions Report is now available. This report, informed largely by residents and the community, provides an overview of the existing noise sources, fundamental concepts, and regulations for noise in the City. The report will serve as an official guide for the City to draft a future Noise Element in partnership with Long Beach residents and stakeholders.

News ImageRevised Land Use Element Maps Available for Community Review
The revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps are now available for community review. These updated maps reflect an additional density reduction of 98 acres from the previous maps. View press release.

On December 11, 2017, the City of Long Beach Planning Commission voted to advance the proposed LUE and Urban Design Element (UDE) PlaceType and Height Maps, with recommended revisions to City Council Districts 2, 4, 5, 6 through height reduction and modified land use designations. These recommendations are in addition to the 686-acre reduction proposed by City staff in the previous November maps. City staff has scheduled the revised maps to go before the City Council for consideration on March 6, 2018. This will give the community almost seven weeks for comment and consideration.

The revised maps, and descriptions of changes, can be viewed by City Council district at

Senate Bill 7 – Submetering Requirements, effective January 1, 2018, will require new multi-family residential buildings to include a submeter for each unit and bill tenants in apartment buildings accordingly for water use. Developers and contractors in Long Beach will be required to show proof that multi-family residential buildings will be submetered before a water service connection is provided for a proposed project.

More than half of residential water use in Long Beach is used in multi-family residential buildings, such as apartments and condominiums. Most of these buildings only have one meter that measures the total building water use and do not measure how much water is used by each individual dwelling unit. Individual tenants and condominium owners may not be aware of how much water they are using and may be less inclined to conserve water because they pay the same regardless of water usage.

For additional information on water metering requirements in Long Beach, visit the Long Beach Water Department.

News ImageRevised Land Use Element Maps Now Available for Community Review
The City has released revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps for community review.  The revised maps are to meet the projected job and housing needs, as well as address concerns related to height, density, additional housing units and traffic. The revised maps reflect changes that modified multi-use designations to commercial designations, proposed height reductions in several areas, and lighter intensity uses throughout. The revised maps reflect a reduction in density of 686 acres through height-reduction and modified land-use designations.

Input to the revised maps can be emailed at  The Planning Commission will consider these revised maps on December 11, 2017.  Go to  for more information; to get involved; to learn the facts; and to gain a better understanding of this effort.


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Thu., August 16, 2018
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