Long Beach, CA - When proposed Land Use Element changes are first heard before the Long Beach City Council at their meeting on March 6, 2018, Councilwoman Stacy Mungo will move to keep the 5th District’s commercial areas for community serving commercial uses only, which will eliminate any potential residential uses in those areas, and will limit the height of commercial buildings to no more than two stories.
Councilwoman Mungo’s motion is consistent with the position she has voiced for the past several months, and is consistent with what she has heard from her 5th District neighbors in community meetings and conversations.
City staff had previously proposed to change several commercial areas to include residential development as well, and to increase height limits to up to 5 stories in some instances. Councilwoman Mungo’s motion is in direct opposition to staff’s proposed changes.
“After a long and sometimes frustrating process for our residents, I’m happy that this matter is finally coming before the City Council,” said Councilwoman Mungo. “And while I appreciate the work of City staff and the State’s desire to increase housing in Long Beach, any increases in density should go where they make the most sense—around our employment centers and transportation hubs, and not in our single family, low profile neighborhoods like the 5th District. It makes no sense to turn our suburbs into city centers, or flip our well thought out and designed single family neighborhoods into apartments and high-rises, when such development is better suited and better served elsewhere. I am committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with the residents of my district to fight for what’s right.”Councilwoman Stacy Mungo was the only councilmember to host a series of three LUE input meetings across her district after the Development Services maps were revised but before the Planning Commission Meeting. Many attendees felt the meetings were helpful in bringing together the community and synthesizing a position in each neighborhood. Stacy was instrumental in setting up the recent Mayor’s LUE round table discussion in the 5th District, encouraging neighbors who have called her office but aren’t typically vocal to attend and share their perspectives.