Community Development

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.

LATEST UPDATES - Updated December 2019

On December 3, 2019, the Long Beach City Council adopted the Land Use Element and Urban Design Element at a public hearing. Review information on the Council's action.

Visit the General Plan webpage where you can find copies of the adopted Land Use Element and Urban Design Element.

About the General Plan Update

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

The update to the General Plan will guide Long Beach into a more sustainable future over the next 20 years, meet new state requirements, and promote good planning principles. Metro

The way we live and work has changed a lot since 1989 when the Land Use Element was last updated. The updated 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.

For more information on the LUE or UDE, contact Alison Spindler-Ruiz at 562.570.6946, or email This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807. 

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