What is the Noise Element?
The City is releasing the Draft Noise Element with the goal of providing a tailored approach to noise policy across Long Beach neighborhoods. The updated Noise Element will contain a set of goals, policies, and implementation measures to limit noise exposure, particularly in areas with nearby housing, hospital, school or day care center uses.
The Noise Element is a mandatory "element" (or chapter) of the City of Long Beach General Plan, and sets forth policies regarding noise and land use throughout the City. The Noise Element was last updated in 1975, and was implemented through a 1977 noise ordinance. Since that time, the City's physical makeup, population, regional context, and the regulatory guidance around noise have changed significantly. An Initial Study and Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will also be available as part of the required environmental review for the project. Please find the Initial Study and Notice of Preparation on LBDS Environmental Review.
Noise Element Open House
Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Bixby Park Social Hall | 130 Cherry Ave.
The community is invited to attend a citywide Noise Element Open House. The purpose of the open house is to share information about and solicit feedback on the Draft Noise Element. Please RSVP to help us prepare for the meeting.
To inform the draft plan and identify potential issues, a variety of community engagement strategies were employed in 2017 and 2018. The draft plan has incorporated a significant online outreach component, including a project website and opportunities to provide input through the Web site, email, Facebook and Twitter. Another innovative online outreach strategy included "Listen Up Long Beach," an online mapping tool that crowdsourced data from residents and members of the public to report local noise issues and observations through their smart phone or other device. Responses received from the numerous outreach efforts were recorded, studied, and used to inform a Draft Existing Conditions Report, released in early 2018, and has informed the draft plan.
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