Long Beach General Plan Update is Here!
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.
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LATEST UPDATES - Updated June 18, 2019
On March 6, 2018, the City Council voted at a public hearing to confirm the General Plan Land Use Element and Urban Design Element PlaceType and Heights Maps,and directed staff to update the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Since that time, staff has been working to update the PEIR for the LUE and its companion Urban Design Element (UDE), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The revised PEIR is based on the final set of maps adopted by City Council on 3/6/18 as well as the updated LUE and UDE plan texts, for which technical changes have been made to align and ensure consistency with the map changes voted on by City Council and the revised CEQA analysis.
The review and public comment period for the EIR remains open through August 16, 2019. Follow this link to view the revised PEIR and for instructions on how to provide a comment. The updated LUE and UDE, and the final PlaceType & Height map, are also available for reference.
CEQA requires recirculation of an EIR when significant new information is added after public notice is given of the availability of the Draft EIR, but before the certification of the EIR. In this instance, recirculation is required due to the substantial changes made to the LUE maps after the first PEIR was circulated for public review in 2016. Updating the PEIR has involved revising the project description to reflect the City Council changes to the LUE text and maps and working with technical experts in transportation modeling, population forecasting, greenhouse gas emissions and more to update the analyses of the proposed LUE, for the purposes of CEQA review and disclosure. This included re-modeling existing and future conditions for 88 intersections throughout the city, updating forecast models related to air quality, and conferring with other agencies, such as the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), to gain consensus on these methodologies.
The PEIR will be available for public review and comment for 60 days, longer than the mandatory 45-day review required by CEQA. Once the comment period has closed, each comment received from the public or other agencies will be reviewed and responded to in writing, pursuant to CEQA. Subsequent to this process, staff will bring the matter back to decision makers, first to the Planning Commission for recommendation and then to the City Council for certification of the revised Final Environmental Impact Report (which includes all public comments and responses to those comments). Depending on the number of comments received, it is anticipated that this action will come before the City Council in October 2019.
About the General Plan Update
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.
- 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.
- LUE Plan Document March 2018 (draft version that went before Council 3/6/18)
- Final City Council Adopted (March 2018) Citywide Map
- Final City Council Adopted Maps (March 2018) by Council District - Updated March 20, 2018
- Summary of Map Changes by Council District Based on March 2018 City Council Public Hearing - Updated March 21, 2018
- Summary of Requests and Policy Direction by the City Council Based on March 2018 City Council Public Hearing
- 3/6/18 City Council Public Hearing video, staff report, and supporting documentation
- Planning Commission Recommended (December 2017) Draft Maps Released 1/18/2018 (hi-res) (21MB)
- Planning Commission Recommended (December 2017) Draft Maps Released 1/18/2018 (low-res)
- Revised PlaceType Distribution by Council District for December 2017 Maps - Released 1/18/2018
- Summary of Map Changes by Council District based on December 2017 City Planning Commission Action
- December 11, 2017 Planning Commission Video, meeting minutes, staff report and all attachments
- Draft maps released 11/10/2017 (hi-res) (20MB)
- Draft maps released 11/10/2017 (low-res)
- PlaceType Distribution by Council District- released 11/10/2017
- Draft maps released 11/10/2017 by Council District
- Summary of Map Changes by Council District from August 2017 to November 2017 Maps
- Draft maps released August 2017 (hi-res) (23MB)
- Draft maps released August 2017 (low-res)
- Draft maps released August 2017 Maps by Council District
- Draft maps released February 2017 (hi-res) (28MB)
- Draft maps released February 2017 (low-res)
- Map of Existing Land Uses (hi-res) (16MB)
- Map of Existing Land Uses (low-res)
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix A: Comments Received During the 2016 EIR Process
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix B: Public Comments Received 2/2017-11/9/ 2017
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix C: Comment Cards Received During Fall 2017 Citywide Outreach Events
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix D: Speaker Cards from Fall 2017 Citywide Community Workshops
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix E: Spring 2017 Survey - Full Results
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix F: Fall 2017 Survey #1 - Full English Results
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix G: Fall 2017 Survey #1 - Full Spanish Results
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix H: Fall 2017 Survey #2 - Full Results
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix I: Public Comments from 11/10/2017-12/11/2017 (181MB)
- Community Engagement Summary Appendix J: Public Comments Received 12/11/17-02/23/18 (shared as an attachment to the 3/6/18 staff report to City Council) (34MB)
- Public Comments Received from 02/23/2018 through 03/06/2018 at 12pm
Responses to public comments:
- Response to Comments from Workshop 1 on 9/30/17 at Veterans Park (66MB)
- Response to Comments from Workshop 2 on 10/4/17 at Whaley Park (51MB)
- Response to Comments from Workshop 3 on 10/14/17 at Best Western (56MB)
- Response to Comments from Workshop 4 on 10/18/17 at Scherer Park (72MB)
- Response to Comments from 2/2/2017 - 11/10/2017 (34MB)
- Response to Comments from 11/10/2017 - 12/11/2017 at 12pm (151MB)
- Response to February-March 2018 LUE Roundtable Technical Questions (15MB)
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 at 562.570.6946, or email LUEUDE2040@longbeach.gov. This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807.
View the Misconceptions and Concerns
View the FAQs & Misconceptions and Concerns Presentation
View the Outreach Meetings Display Boards (70MB)
View the Environmental Reports & Documents Page
Additional LB 2040 Documents
11/10/2017 press release regarding revised LUE maps
A Note from the City Manager on the Land Use Element- November 2017