|The LBDS 1Q17 Issue features 2016 highlights and accomplishments, as well as important Department news and updates. The issue also showcases the City’s first permanent food plaza, Steelcraft, which recently opened in the Bixby neighborhood; and informs readers on several planning and livability initiatives, including the Midtown Specific Plan, the new State Building Standards Code, the reinstated Mills Act, gender-neutral restrooms in Long Beach, and the City’s new electric vehicle charger giveaway. View Newsletter.|
|The public is invited to collaborate with the City of Long Beach in updating the Noise Element, a mandatory component of the City’s General Plan, by utilizing an interactive, easy-to-use, Noise Element Update Map Tool (Map Tool). The Map Tool enables residents and stakeholders to share input on noise concerns in Long Beach neighborhoods by posting location-based photos and leaving comments online either by computer or smartphone. To access the Map Tool. The public is also encouraged to submit comments on Facebook and Twitter using #ListenUpLB.|
|The City is implementing new permitting requirements for certain new landscape and re-landscaping projects, as mandated by Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29. Effective immediately, new landscape projects consisting of more than 500 square feet and relandscaping projects consisting of more than 2,500 square feet will require a permit. Smartscape provides a streamlined permitting process for all applicants; knowledgeable and friendly staff is available to help navigate the application process and understand the plan requirements to help ensure both residents and businesses comply. View more information on Smartscape and the new permitting requirements.|
|The City, in partnership with property owners and tenants, established the Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) to preserve the stock of decent, sanitary, and safe rental housing units. California law requires that all rental housing properties comply with the minimum standards for public health, safety, and welfare. In accordance with Long Beach Municipal Code 18.30.120; the City is authorized to conduct periodic inspections of residential rental properties to assure compliance with all applicable building, housing, and sanitation codes and ordinances. A list of properties with violations present for over 120-days have been identified. View Violation Report. More information on PRHIP.|
|The City of Long Beach is requiring that all single-user restrooms in any business, City and government building, and other public places be available to all genders, and have new accompanying signage, as mandated by State Assembly Bill 1732 (effective March 1, 2017). In compliance with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations pursuant to the 2016 Edition of the California Building Code, all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, City and government agency building, or other public place must be identifiable for all-gender use with new required signage placed in clear view to entrances at single-user restrooms. View more information.|
The public was invited to attend a City Council Study Session on February 21 and provide input on ideas for the production of affordable and workforce housing within Long Beach. The Study Session featured a presentation of existing and future affordable housing activities, and discussed strategies for encouraging and funding more affordable and workforce housing opportunities within the City. A draft report outlining the City’s housing efforts, Revenue Tools and Incentives for the Production of Affordable and Workforce Housing, was presented for community input. Please click on the following documents for more information.
|In response to the historic drought and the recognition of continued extremes in weather and water in California, the Governor has taken multiple actions to ensure that water efficiency and conservation become a "California Way of Life." Effective January 1, 2017, applications for new water service at sites with mixed-use residential, commercial, and large landscapes must comply with new water metering requirements. To view the flyer.|