Building Parklets in Long Beach Could Face Fewer Obstacles as city Looks to Streamline ProcessRelease Date: 2018-11-14
By: Jason Ruiz
Whether you’re Downtown, on Retro Row or in Bixby Knolls, parklets and sidewalk dining areas are becoming more and more ubiquitous in Long Beach and the city is looking at ways to make it easier for businesses to apply for them.
The City Council, in a unanimous vote Tuesday night, instructed the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that could streamline the permitting process for these kinds of installations in the future.
Previously, they required a vote by the City Council to approve the project after the applicant had already undergone the inspection and application process, something that can be costly and time-consuming. With Tuesday’s vote, approval by the council would now only be required of projects that don’t fit into the “traditional” uses such as outdoor dining, art installations, entertainment or for planting and landscaping.
“What we’re essentially proposing tonight is that if something falls within a permitted use then it would be a streamlined permitting process and that process would be provided at the staff level,” said Public Works Director Craig Beck. “The value of this is that it could happen much quicker and that it would cost the applicants less money.”
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