PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/12/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:071218
Subject:
Community Encouraged to Participate in the Next Workshop Regarding Short-Term Rentals
Contact:
Jacqueline Medina
Long Beach Development Services
562.570.3827
Jacqueline.Medina@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach continues to host a series of community events, as part of the process of developing a proposed short-term rental (STR) ordinance. If adopted by the City Council, this ordinance will establish a framework for regulating STRs, or vacation rentals, within the City.

The next STR community workshop will now be held at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Balboa Studio, 628 Alamitos Ave., on Saturday, July 21, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon. This meeting was previously scheduled to be held at the Bixby Park Community Center, but has been relocated to allow for more space.

The workshop will feature a presentation of the City’s findings from input provided by the public at the first community workshop, stakeholder interviews, results from the City’s STR online survey, and extensive case study research.  The event will also include interactive stations located throughout the event space to offer opportunities for attendees to provide feedback on community priorities and concerns identified through the City’s outreach efforts.  Translation services in Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer, as well as light refreshments will be provided. 

Looking ahead, the final STR community workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. 

The project team is expected to present its findings for a proposed STR ordinance to the City Council in fall 2018. The presentation will be based on community input received during the outreach events, a targeted case study of STR programs in other jurisdictions, and an evaluation of potential program costs and revenues.

In March 2017, the City Council approved an item brought forth by Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, and co-sponsored by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, Councilman Dee Andrews, and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson to direct City staff to review STR regulations following the growth of platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway in recent years. Regulating STRs in Long Beach would require an update to the City’s Zoning Regulations, including safety and design guidelines and transient occupancy tax (TOT) provisions.

To learn more about STRs in Long Beach, sign up for notifications on LinkLB, and receive information about upcoming community meetings and events, visit: www.lbds.info/lbshorttermrental.

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