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News ImageLatest Draft Land Use and Urban Design Elements Now Available
The Latest (February 2017) General Plan Draft Land Use and Urban Design Elements are now available. The General Plan Land Use Element (LUE) is the roadmap to the City's future, providing a map of allowable land uses, building types, and heights. The Urban Design Element (UDE) looks at how people and places interact with the public realm. Over the past ten years staff has worked diligently to prepare a new General Plan LUE and UDE. This colossal effort involved over one-hundred community meetings; surveys and research of the entire City; population, traffic and economic modeling; as well multi-agency review and coordination to create the plans. Prior to this effort the LUE was last updated in 1989 and the General Plan does not currently contain an UDE. A public hearing is scheduled at the February 2, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting; 5:00 p.m., at City Hall Council Chamber. Click here for more information and to view the latest draft plans.

News ImageCity Releases Draft Bicycle Master Plan

The City is pleased to release the Draft Bicycle Master Plan. The updated Bicycle Master Plan (Plan) continues to build upon a long-standing effort to make Long Beach a city known for its bicycle-friendliness and as an active, healthy, and prosperous place to live, work, and play. The Plan expands upon the Mobility Element of the Long Beach General Plan by providing further details on bicycle planning and design. It also recommends a series of projects and programs to be implemented by Long Beach in the next few decades. Click here to view more Bicycle Master Plan information.

The 15-day public comment period for reviewing the City of Long Beach 2015-2016 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) on activities and programs funded by the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), will be held from December 14, 2016 to December 28, 2016. The CAPER assesses the City’s progress and the effectiveness of its performance during FY 2015-16 in the achievement of its overall strategies, objectives, and priorities outlined in the FY 2013-17 Consolidated Plan. The City will submit this report to HUD prior to December 29, 2016.

A copy of the report, along with any current public comments, will be available to the public at the Neighborhood Services Office/Resource Center (100 W Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802) and the Main Public Library (101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802). A copy of the report can also be obtained by contacting Alem S. Hagos at (562) 570-7403.

Fiscal Year 2015-2016 DRAFT CAPER

News ImageLBDS 3Q16 Newsletter Now Available
The LBDS 3Q16 Issue provides an overview of the ongoing General Plan update efforts, and highlights the progress made on the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan development and Assessment of Fair Housing. This edition also features updates on important planning and livability initiatives, including the Wayfinding Signage Program, SEASP, the Historic District Design Guidelines, and the new e-PlanCheck Program; and showcases several Safe Long Beach and Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau community events held throughout the City. Click here to view newsletter.

News ImageSubmit Your Plans Electronically! Save Time and Money!
The City has launched a new e-PlanCheck (EPC) program to provide an efficient means for permit applicants to electronically submit construction documents to select City departments.  Click here for more information.

News ImageHelp Prioritize the City’s Housing and Community Development Needs!
Residents can still provide input on the City’s housing and community development needs. Take the short Consolidated Plan Survey today! The survey is available in English, Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog to ensure that all can participate. Click here for more information or watch the Consolidated Plan video here.

News ImageThe 2nd & PCH Project Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study are Available for Public Review and Comment.

The 2nd & PCH Project Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Report (DEIR) and Initial Study are open for public comment from Thursday, November 17, 2016 to Monday, January 9, 2017.  The NOP and Initial Study are available for public review at the following locations:

  • City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard, 5th Floor
  • Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue
  • On our website, click here.
Please send your comments to Craig Chalfant, Planning Bureau, Long Beach Development Services, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 5th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802 or email

News ImagePublic Comment Period Extended for the Alamitos Generating Station BESS – December 14, 2016

The Public Comment Period for the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Alamitos Generating Station Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project has been extended through December 14, 2016.

Comments must be submitted in writing and are due by 4:30 pm, Wednesday, December 14, 2016, to Craig Chalfant, Senior Planner, Long Beach Development Services, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, 5th Floor, Long Beach CA 90802, by e-mail, or at 562-570-6368.

Beginning on January 1, 2017, Long Beach Development Services (LBDS) is required by State law to enforce the 2016 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (a.k.a., Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations). The City of Long Beach will be conducting a public hearing to adopt and amend the 2016 Edition of the California Building Standards Code, in accordance with State law, and the 1997 Edition of the Uniform Housing Code during the Long Beach City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 5 pm. Click here for more details.

News ImageCommunity Invited to Land Use and Urban Design Element Open House, November 2
The Community is invited to the attend the Land Use Element and Urban Design Element Open House on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 5pm - 7pm at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave. Free validated parking will be available in the Broadway Parking Structure. Click here for more information.

  • Draft Land Use Element
  • Draft Urban Design Element 

  • News ImageLand Use and Urban Design Elements DEIR Public Comment Period has been extended through November 18, 2016
    The General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Elements Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Public Comment Period has been extended through November 18, 2016. Click here to view and download the full EIR or view in Sections.

    Comments on the EIR should be made in writing and are due by November 18, 2016, to Craig Chalfant, Senior Planner, Long Beach Development Services, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, 5th Floor, Long Beach CA 90802, by e-mail, or at 562-570-6368. Comments on the draft plans can still be made following the DEIR comment period, and will be received through December 30, 2016.

    News ImageWayfinding Signage Program Survey

    The City of Long Beach is developing a comprehensive wayfinding signage program, and is seeking resident and community stakeholder input on factors to consider in designing a new signage program for the City. The design for these new signs will reflect the community’s values and identity, and be used to create welcoming, cohesive, and effective signage for gateway entries to the City, coastal access, and parking in the Downtown. Let your voice be heard by taking the short, 10-minute Wayfinding Signage. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog and will be open through October 26, 2016.

    News ImageAssessment of Fair Housing Public Hearing, November 30, 2016

    On November 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm, the Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) will conduct a Public Hearing in the 3rd Floor Large Conference Room in City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

    The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to receive public comment on the City of Long Beach's Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). As required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the AFH analyzes challenges to fair housing choice and establishes goals and priorities to address the fair housing barriers in Long Beach. The goals identified in the AFH will inform the strategies and actions of the City's 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan including the associated yearly Annual Action Plans. An electronic copy of the draft AFH can be viewed or downloaded here. For more information click here.

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  • News ImageOscar Orci, New Deputy Director of Long Beach Development Services

    Oscar Orci has been appointed as the new Deputy Director for Long Beach Development Services.  Mr. Orci’s primary focus will be overseeing the Code Enforcement Bureau, the Building and Safety Bureau, and the Housing and Neighborhood Services Bureau.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Orci was responsible for overseeing the City of Redlands’ planning, building, permitting, and Successor Agency activities. Oscar has a Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a 2011 American Planning Association (APA) Award winner. Click here to view Press Release.

    News ImageHistoric District Guidelines Workshop, October 1, 2016
    Residents of Belmont Heights, Hellman St/Craftsman Village, Rose Park, and Rose Park South Historic Districts are invited to attend a community workshop THIS Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Manazar Gamboa Community Theater, 1323 Gundry Ave. Learn more about the proposed design guidelines for these four districts, see a special exhibit on Long Beach artisan builder Miner Smith, enjoy light refreshments, children's activities, and more! 

    Click here for more information. Not sure if you live in one of these districts? Click here to find out!

    News ImageLBDS 2Q16 Now Available
    The LBDS 2Q16 Issue features a piece on the six Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awards received by Long Beach Development Services earlier this summer, and provides an overview of the development of the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan.  This edition also highlights important news and updates on several planning, livability, housing, and neighborhood improvement efforts; including SEASP, the Historic District Guidelines, the Anchor Place groundbreaking, the new California Energy Code, the Neighborhood Partners Program, and Safe Long Beach. To view the newsletter.

    News ImageHousing Resource Fair and Community Forum, September 24. Free Event!
    The public is invited to join Mayor Robert Garcia, Former Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, and the Mayor’s Affordable and Workforce Housing Study Group at the Housing Resource Fair and Community Forum on Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10:00am - 1:00pm, at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center, Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.  Learn more about housing programs and provide input on ideas for improving the City’s affordable and workforce housing.

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    News ImagePostponement of Belmont Pool Public Hearing at Today's Sept. 1 Planning Commission Meeting
    Staff will request postponement of the Belmont Pool (Belmont Beach and Aquatic Center) Project public hearing (Agenda Item No 3.) at today's September 1, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting due to a noticing oversight.  The public hearing will be rescheduled to a date sometime in October and the public hearing will be re-noticed.

    Note: Today's Planning Commission meeting will still be held as scheduled at 5:00 pm in City Hall Council Chambers.

    News ImageUpcoming Consolidated Plan Development Workshops!
    The City of Long Beach will conduct a series of community workshops to provide opportunities for public input to help develop a Five-Year Consolidated Plan document that will describe and prioritize the City's housing and community development needs. Information on when and where the workshops will be taking place is located on the flyer. For more information on the Consolidated Plan.

    In addition, we encourage you to fill out a brief Housing and Community Development Needs survey online. Survey links are below:


    News ImageOversight Board as Successor to the Redevelopment Agency
    The August 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m., Oversight Board of the City of Long Beach, as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Long Beach, meeting has been cancelled.

    Please view the
    Long Beach Council Calendar.

    News ImageHearing Draft Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP) and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Now Available
    The Hearing Draft Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP) incorporates input and comments recently received during the public review of the Conceptual Draft Plan. The revised version, now called the Hearing Draft is now available for viewing. The Hearing Draft will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and City Council for their consideration in the coming months. To view the Hearing Draft.

    The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been completed and is available for public review. All written comments on the DEIR must be provided to the City by Monday, September 19, 2016. To view the DEIR.

    News ImageCity Adopts Midtown Specific Plan
    On June 14, 2016, the Long Beach City Council adopted the Midtown Specific Plan, a significant land use planning effort that provides a framework for the development and improvement of a 369-acre corridor along Long Beach Boulevard from Anaheim Street to Wardlow Road.  The Midtown Specific Plan is intended to be more flexible than conventional zoning to encourage new investment and development along the corridor, with an established land use plan and regulations, infrastructure requirements, design guidelines, and implementation strategies that promote healthy living options, safety and wellness, and work toward a more sustainable future.

    News ImageSuccessor to Redevelopment Agency

    The City of Long Beach, as the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Long Beach Meeting Agenda of July 19, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. is now available.

    News ImageQueen Mary Land Development Community Workshop Held on July, 9, 2016
    The Queen Mary Land Development Task Force hosted a community workshop on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  The workshop featured an interactive presentation of the goals and objectives for future development of the Queen Mary leasehold area, and offered the community and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide input on concepts and ideas to be included in a planning document that will outline guiding principles for development and use of the area surrounding the Queen Mary. 

    News ImageThere is still time to take the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Survey!
    Over the past few months, the City of Long Beach has conducted several meetings to gather feedback and insight to develop an informed Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) document that reflects public concerns and input. The public still has an opportunity to provide input by taking the AFH Survey, which will be accepted through late July!

    We encourage all Long Beach residents to fill out the survey and share it with neighbors, friends and family. Links to the survey can be found below:

    AFH Survey:
    Hard copies can be dropped off or mailed to Alem Hagos, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802.

    News ImageCity hosts 'Protect Yourself Elder Abuse Workshop'

    The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team, hosted a workshop on Tuesday, June 21, featuring a series of presentations and exhibitors from local healthcare and social service agencies for at-risk seniors. The Protect Yourself from Elder Abuse Workshop provided preventative knowledge focusing on physical and financial abuse. The first panel of elder abuse prevention experts addressed ensuring the safety of people at risk of abuse and neglect from others, as well as self-inflicted neglect, while the second panel explained the resources available to residents to safeguard their financial well-being.

    News ImageHistoric District Guidelines
    The City is currently preparing design guidelines that will impact how you care for, remodel, or possibly expand your home. We welcome your participation in this process as we strive to protect the character of our historic districts and provide excellent customer service to those seeking permits for a historic property.

    To date, the City has prepared draft Historic Guidelines for historic districts; Wilton, Minerva, Eliot Lane, and Brenner Place.  Click on the following links to view the draft design guidelines.

    Stop by our booth at the Local Harvest Farmers Market at Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to learn about the proposed guidelines and discuss the project with City staff.

    For more information on Historic Preservation.

    News ImageThe Draft FY 2017 Action Plan is available for a 30-day public comment beginning May 16, 2016, through June 14, 2016
    On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) will hold a public hearing to provide an opportunity for public input on the draft Fiscal Year 2017 Action Plan, including the Third Amendment to the 2015 Action Plan and the First Amendment to the 2016 Action Plan (Amendments), which addresses current Consolidated Plan priorities. The public hearing will be held at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor, Large Conference Room.

    2017 Draft Action Plan and Amendments
    Public Hearing Notice (English)
    Public Hearing Notice (Spanish)
    Public Hearing Notice (Khmer)
    Public Hearing Notice (Tagalog)

    News ImageCity Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Local Action Plan and Call to Action for Mentorship
    On April 7, 2016, the City launched My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Local Action Plan, a significant endeavor to establish and implement new approaches to address the needs and priorities of youth and ensure that all young people, including boys and young men of color, have the opportunity to succeed. The MBK Local Action Plan includes a call to action for mentorship, as part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts. The call to action encourages Long Beach residents to commit to volunteer to be mentors through an established network of mentoring agencies. Click here for more information or to sign-up to become a mentor, or go to

    News ImageDraft EIR for the Belmont Plaza Pool Revitalization Project Now Available

    The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Belmont Pool Revitalization Project is available for public review during the public comment period, April 13, 2016 through June 16, 2016. The City has prepared the Draft EIR to analyze environmental impacts associated with implementation of the proposed project; to discuss alternatives; and to propose mitigation measures for identified potentially significant impacts that will minimize, offset, or otherwise reduce or avoid those environmental impacts.

    News ImageThe Green TI Final Plan is now available.
    The Green TI Plan is a conceptual plan to decommission the City-owned segment of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway from Pacific Coast Highway north to Willow Street.  Made possible by a grant provided by Caltrans, the Green TI Plan will define the community's vision for replacing an underutilize freeway to mitigate pollution impacts and further address long-standing community health concerns.

    News ImagePrepare Construction Sites for El Niño!
    Weather experts predict that strong El Niño conditions will influence Southern California’s winter storm patterns.  Long Beach contractors and homeowners should be prepared for frequent and powerful storms from December 2015 through March 2016.  To help prevent potential flooding, please ensure that your construction site complies with best management practices to prevent materials from entering the City’s storm drains.

    Click here for additional information on the City’s El Niño emergency preparedness.

    News ImageSubmit Solar Plans Digitally!
    Effective December 1, 2015, the Development Permit Center will be accepting Small Residential Solar Photovoltaic plans as part of the permit application process.

    News ImageSolar Panels Permits
    Effective October 5, 2015, as mandated by California State Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188) and Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) §18.77, local governments are required to implement an expedited and streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar photovoltaic systems.
    More information.

    News ImageDraft General Plan Land Use Element & Urban Design Element Available
    Learn about the City's vision for future land use and urban design in Long Beach.

    News ImageCitywide Medical Marijuana Ordinance Draft Buffer Maps
    View maps.

    News ImageSaturday Hotline for Unpermitted Construction, (562) 570.0000

    The City has implemented a new Saturday hotline to address concerns about potential unpermitted construction. The unpermitted construction hotline is open to the public each Saturday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Anonymous complaints regarding potential unpermitted construction may be reported by calling 562.570.0000. All reports will be investigated and will be subject to a site visit by a Code Enforcement Inspector. The Saturday hotline will be used to enhance the City's regular Code Enforcement services, which are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Anonymous referrals about possible unpermitted, unsafe, unhealthy, or unsightly conditions in homes and neighborhoods may also be reported after business hours at 562.570.CODE (2633) or