Development Services

General Plan

The Long Beach General Plan is a policy document that sets forth the goals, policies, and directions the City will take to achieve the vision of the community. California law requires each local government to adopt a local General Plan, which must contain at least seven elements: Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Conservation, Noise, Open Space, and Safety.

In addition, under the California Coastal Act of 1976, the City must have a Local Coastal Program, which is part of the General Plan. The City's General Plan also includes three optional elements: Air Quality, Scenic Routes, and Seismic Safety.  The City is in the process of updating the Land Use Element and adding a new companion element known as Urban Design. More information on the General Plan 2040 update.

The General Plan elements listed below provide details about official policies and program that the City has adopted pertaining to each topic. Policies established in any one of the elements must not conflict with policies established in other elements.

General Plan Element

Year of Adoption

Air Quality: Part 1 & Part 2

1996

Conservation

1973

General Plan Maps & Descriptions

1989

Historic Preservation Element

2010

Housing Element

2014

Land Use: Part 1Part2, & Map

1998

Local Coastal Program (LCP)

1980

Mobility Element

2013

Noise

1975

Public Safety

2002

Seismic Safety

1988

Scenic Routes Element

1975

Development proposals are examined by staff to determine consistency with the City's General Plan. If a proposal is inconsistent with the General Plan elements or zoning ordinances, this conflict must be reconciled. This occurs at public hearings where the applicant's proposal may be denied, modified to comply with the General Plan, or the General Plan may be amended.