|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 www.longbeach.gov/lueude2040.
|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.
The 15-day public comment period for reviewing the City of Long Beach 2016-2017 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 1, 2017 to December 20, 2017. The CAPER assesses the City’s progress and the effectiveness of its performance during FY 2016-17 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, 2017.
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 be obtained by contacting Alem S. Hagos at (562) 570-7403.
|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 LUEUDE2040@longbeach.gov. The Planning Commission will consider these revised maps on December 11, 2017. Go to www.longbeach.gov/lueude2040 for more information; to get involved; to learn the facts; and to gain a better understanding of this effort.
|The LBDS 2Q17 issue showcases the grand opening of Banner Homes, an affordable housing development in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, and highlights the prestigious awards received by our Planning and Housing & Neighborhood Services Bureaus earlier this summer. This issue also features other important Department news and updates on several planning and livability efforts, including the General Plan, Noise Element, Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP), developments currently underway in the Downtown, and the new Smartscape landscaping requirements. View Newsletter.|
On June 6, 2017, Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, presented an update on the expansive portfolio of new development within the City and major construction projects underway that are ready to break ground over the next few years. The Building a Better Long Beach presentation highlighted the City’s recent growth and resurgence in construction, illustrated significant building efforts, and featured a special announcement about conceptual plans for a new California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) student village in the heart of the City. Community leaders, developers, architects, City staff, and the public attended the presentation held at the Beverly O’ Neill Theater.
|On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the Planning Commission (PC) will take action on the Specific Plan and the EIR. The meeting will be held at 5:00 pm, at City Hall, City Council Chamber, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.|
At the meeting, the PC will consider making a recommendation to City Council to approve the Specific Plan and certify the Final EIR. You can review the Agenda and Staff Report at http://bit.ly/2rMA150. The revised SEASP Hearing Draft, EIR and Final Response to Comments, are available for public review and download at http://www.lbds.info/seadip_update/.
|The City has developed a plan to create the places Long Beach residents, businesses, and visitors have been asking for: a 21st century approach to achieving big city opportunities without losing the benefits of living in compact and comfortable neighborhoods. View more information.|
|Development Services is proud to be the recipient of the 2017 California Association of Public Information Official (CAPIO) Award of Merit in the External Publications: Annual Reports category for the Downtown Plan Update, Planning Commission, and Cultural Heritage Commission 2016 In Review publications. These reports 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. CAPIO is California’s only professional association especially for communications professionals, with over 500 members representing agencies and organizations Statewide. Award submittals are received from cities, public agencies, organizations, and agencies throughout California.|
|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.|
|On February 7, 2017, the City Council adopted the Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) Pedestrian Plan as a technical appendix to the Long Beach Mobility Element. The CX3 Pedestrian Plan provides a framework for increasing access to healthy food options and encouraging physical activity by active transportation in 10 neighborhoods throughout Long Beach. These neighborhoods are geographically oriented around school campuses, as well as St. Mary’s Hospital. The CX3 Pedestrian Plan will guide the improvement of the walking environment of Central and West Long Beach by connecting adopted City policies and plans, best practices, and the community’s voice for a safe, healthy, and beautiful City.|
For more information or to view the CX3 Pedestrian Plan document.
The City is now accepting applications for the third year of its reinstated Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for historic properties. The public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits, while also preserving the City’s designated landmarks.
- Pre-Application Workshop, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
- Application Workshop, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Dana Neighborhood Library Meeting Room, 3680 Atlantic Ave.
Download the Mills Act 2017 Application Guide.
More information on the Mills Act.
|The State of California, through its California Green Building Standards Code, requires that certain construction and/or demolition projects within each local jurisdiction divert at least 65% of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris for recycling or salvage. The Building and Safety Bureau is updating its list of Certified Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Facilities to assist homeowners and contractors with their construction waste diversion. For consideration for inclusion on the Certified C&D Recycling Facilities list, please contact Georgia Pon at email@example.com.|
|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.|
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 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.|
|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.|
|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.|