Development Services

Planning Commission

The seven-member Planning Commission (PC) plays a vital role in shaping the future development of Long Beach. Appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council, the PC provides insight and leadership on all matters affecting land use and work together with Development Services staff, neighborhood groups, design professionals, and business owners to help create the best support and fulfill the interests of the community. 

While the Commission serves as an advisory body on matters related to Zoning and the General Plan, commissioners also serve as the public hearing authority for a variety of development applications. Throughout the year, the Commission reviews numerous requests from homeowners and developers, including requests for conditional or administrative use permits, standards variances, local coastal development permits, site plan reviews, and subdivision requests. View the Planning Commission 2019 In Review report. 

Pursuant to the State of California's latest Executive Order N-08-21 and the City of Long Beach's Safer at Home Order, Planning Commission hearings will be held via teleconference until further notice. City Hall, including the Civic Chambers, is closed to the public at this time. Please email any comments to which will be forwarded to the Planning Commission. Comments submitted during the meeting will also be forwarded and considered. Members of the public who have joined by web or by phone will have the opportunity to offer verbal public comment during the meeting.

To participate in these meetings, please use the following options:

By Web:

  • Access the Web Conference
  • Event Password: LBPC
  • Under “Join Event Now”, enter your name, email, and the above event password. This information will not be used outside of the meeting.

By Phone:

  • Phone Number: 408-418-9388
  • Access Code: 969 714 807 #

Planning Commission Meetings

Meetings: First & Third Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Staff Liaison:
Patricia Diefenderfer, Planning Bureau Manager, (562) 570-6261