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Long Beach 2040 General Plan

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.

For updates on the Land Use Element (LUE) and Urban Design Element (UDE), please sign up on LinkLB.

LATEST UPDATES - Updated November 21, 2019

On December 3, 2019, the Long Beach City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider certification of the revised Program Environmental Impact Report and adoption of the Land Use Element (LUE) update and its companion Urban Design Element (UDE). The hearing will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Civic Chambers at Long Beach City Hall located at 411 W. Ocean Blvd.

The revised LUE and UDE are based on the final PlaceType and Height maps approved by the Long Beach City Council in March 2018. Since that time, staff has been working to update the documents to reflect the map changes, and has prepared an updated environmental analysis as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Text in the LUE and UDE has been updated with technical changes to align with the final maps, to correct minor errors, and to address environmental impacts identified through the environmental review process.

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About the General Plan Update

paperWHAT IT IS...
The City of Long Beach General Plan is a policy document required by State law, which sets forth the goals, policies, and directions the City will take to achieve the vision of the community.

The update to the General Plan is aimed at guiding Long Beach into a more sustainable future over the next 23 years and to meet new state requirements and development principles. Subsequent to the community workshops, the Planning Commission will review, comment on, and make recommendations on the Land Use and Urban Design Elements prior to being presented to the City Council for deliberation and input before adoption. Metro

The way we live and work has changed a lot since 1989 when the Land Use Element was last updated. The new Long Beach 2040 General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Elements provide strategies to:

  • Address demand for housing, employment, and lifestyle choices for today and tomorrow.
  • Guide where new development is located and what it should look like.
  • Protect the character of existing single family neighborhoods.
  • Preserve and protect our environment for future generations.
  • Improve pedestrian experience and increase walkability.
  • Aim to reduce the number of residents (76%) who commute out of Long Beach for work.
  • Encourage larger open spaces by allowing a moderate increase in height limits in transit-oriented and mixed-use areas.
Founding Neighborhood
A city that thrives:

  • Long Beach is an urban metropolis by the sea.
  • Long Beach is multi-modal, supporting pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
  • Long Beach is sustainable, shrinking our environmental footprint and improving health.


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General Plan Update Community Engagement Summary- Released 11/20/2017

On February 22, 2018, the City Attorney released a memo regarding the LUE and the new State Housing Laws that are effective in 2018. The memo and supporting documentation can be found at:

    • Attachment 1: League of CA Cities: 2018 Guide to New Housing Law in California
    • Attachment 2: City Manager Memorandum dated 4/4/17: 2016 Density Bonus and Accessory Dwelling Units Legislation and Implications for Local Governments
    • Attachment 3: City Attorney Memorandum dated 11/27/17: Senate Bill 35 (Streamlined Approval Process for Certain Types of Housing Developments)

To share comments or feedback, contact Alison Spindler-Ruiz at 562.570.6946, or email This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807.