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Planning Land Use & Neighborhood Strategy in Uptown (UPLAN)

The Uptown Planning Land Use and Neighborhood Strategy (UPLAN) is a collaborative effort between the City and the North Long Beach community to come up with laws and policies to guide future development and create a new vision in North Long Beach. The UPLAN was designed to build upon past planning and visioning efforts for Uptown. Through a multi-year, community-centered process, community needs such as access to quality housing, jobs, and transportation options have been prioritized in zoning and transportation recommendations for the North Long Beach area.  Learn more about the UPLAN process by visiting the community engagement station of the UPLAN virtual open house.

UPLAN’s equity-based framework is focused on both changes to zoning and land use regulations and the planning process itself. North Long Beach was prioritized for the first comprehensive zoning code update in 30 years because of the community's history and marginalization of its Black and brown residents. UPLAN has been grounded in a community power and capacity-building process in which the people most impacted by planning decisions, including young people, renters, and people of color, were prioritized in the process and had their voices and feedback uplifted, leading to special recommendations. These recommendations included incentivizing grocery stores, banks, more affordable housing, locally-serving jobs, civic institutions and other identified needs. UPLAN also includes strategies to help residents, workers, and businesses to remain in North Long Beach.

New zoning recommendations for the Atlantic and Artesia corridors were adopted in November 2020 and can be found here. Additional zoning recommendations and a Neighborhood Mobility Enhancement Plan will be considered for adoption in late 2021. 

 The vision of the North Long Beach community developed through UPLAN is captured in the community-created Vision Statement:
“We envision Uptown as an identifiable and inviting neighborhood, full of pride, with a range of community-serving destinations and hubs – a community that supports its residents and businesses, and creatively celebrates its existing and growing diversity.”

UPLAN Virtual Open House

The UPLAN Virtual Open House is now available for you to explore! Learn about the zoning tools and transportation strategies that have been developed in collaboration with the North Long Beach community. Share with us your opinion on how to meet the community goals and priorities to increase access to housing, jobs, and transportation choices in North Long Beach. Access the open house now at uplanlb.exhibition.app.

Latest News

The UPLAN team is excited to announce two new demonstration projects for North Long Beach at Aguas Way (5248 Long Beach Blvd) and Ramona Park (3301 E. 65th St). Visit the projects to learn more about possible street improvements for North Long Beach.
Make your voice heard and take part in the self-guided virtual walk audits along four major corridors in North Long Beach.
Join the UPLAN team for a series of webinars that will conduct virtual walk audits along major corridors in North Long Beach on June 13 and June 20
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