Development Services

Noise Element Update

What is the Noise Element?

The City has released the draft Noise Element with the goal of providing a tailored approach to noise policy across Long Beach neighborhoods. The updated Noise Element will contain a set of goals, policies, and implementation measures to limit noise exposure, particularly in areas with nearby housing, hospital, school or day care center uses.

The Noise Element is a mandatory "element" (or chapter) of the City of Long Beach General Plan, and sets forth policies regarding noise and land use throughout the City. The Noise Element was last updated in 1975, and was implemented through a 1977 noise ordinance. Since that time, the City's physical makeup, population, regional context, and the regulatory guidance around noise have changed significantly.

Community Engagement

To inform the draft plan and identify potential issues, a variety of community engagement strategies were employed in 2017 and 2018. The draft plan has incorporated a significant online outreach component, including a project website and opportunities to provide input through the Web site, email, Facebook and Twitter. Another innovative online outreach strategy included “Listen Up Long Beach,” an online mapping tool that crowdsourced data from residents and members of the public to report local noise issues and observations through their smart phone or other device. Responses received from the numerous outreach efforts were recorded, studied, and used to inform a Draft Existing Conditions Report, released in early 2018, and has informed the draft plan.

Noise Element Open House

The City hosted a Noise Element Open House on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Bixby Park. The purpose of the open house was to share information about and solicit community feedback on the Draft Noise Element.

For more information, please contact:

Alison Spindler-Ruiz
, Advance Planning Officer, 562.570.6946