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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.

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LATEST UPDATES - Updated October 10, 2019

On March 6, 2018, the City Council voted at a public hearing to confirm the General Plan Land Use Element and Urban Design Element PlaceType and Heights Maps, and directed staff to update the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Per City Council direction, staff released a revised Draft PEIR on June 18, 2019. Since the close of the public comment period on August 16, 2019, staff has been working to prepare a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and to update the plan texts of the LUE and its companion Urban Design Element (UDE). The LUE and UDE plan texts revisions align and make them consistent with the final set of maps adopted by the City Council on 3/6/18 as well as other technical changes resulting from the revised CEQA analysis. Follow this link to view the LUE plan and this link for the UDE plan. The update of the City's General Plan aims to guide Long Beach to a more sustainable future, to improve mobility choices, expand transit access, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and meet state requirements including creating opportunity for new housing units to help address existing and future housing need.

Now that the environmental review process has been completed, a public hearing will be held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, October 17th at 5:00pm in the Civic Chambers at Long Beach City Hall (411 W. Ocean Blvd.). The Planning Commission at this public hearing will consider making the following recommendations for future City Council action: 1) certify the revised Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR 03-16) based on the final set of maps approved by the Long Beach City Council on March 6, 2018; 2) adopt the updated Land Use Element to the Long Beach General Plan; 3) adopt the new Urban Design Element to the Long Beach General Plan; and 4) repeal the existing Scenic Routes Element to the Long Beach General Plan. A staff report will be posted on or around Friday, October 11th, 2019 at:

The revised PEIR being considered on October 17th was circulated for public review for an extended period of 60 days, from June 18, 2019, to August 16, 2019, longer than the mandatory 45-day review period. A total of 17 letters commenting on the Recirculated Draft EIR were received during the public review period or immediately thereafter. Comments were received from State and local agencies, as well as interested individuals. Comments that address environmental issues are responded to in the Final EIR. Comments that (1) do not address the adequacy or completeness of the Recirculated Draft EIR; (2) do not raise environmental issues; or (3) request the incorporation of additional information not relevant to environmental issues do not require a response, pursuant to Section 15088(a) of the State CEQA Guidelines. However, the City has attempted to provide a response to each comment. Information provided in the Final EIR clarifies, amplifies, or makes minor modifications to the Recirculated Draft EIR. No significant changes have been made to the information or analysis contained in the Recirculated Draft EIR as a result of the responses to comments, and no significant new information nor any new mitigation measures have been added that would require recirculation of the Recirculated Draft EIR document. The draft and final EIRs can be found on the Environmental Reports page.

About the General Plan Update

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

The update to the General Plan is aimed at guiding Long Beach into a more sustainable future over the next 23 years and to meet new state requirements and development principles. Subsequent to the community workshops, the Planning Commission will review, comment on, and make recommendations on the Land Use and Urban Design Elements prior to being presented to the City Council for deliberation and input before adoption. Metro

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


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General Plan Update Community Engagement Summary- Released 11/20/2017

On February 22, 2018, the City Attorney released a memo regarding the LUE and the new State Housing Laws that are effective in 2018. The memo and supporting documentation can be found at:

    • Attachment 1: League of CA Cities: 2018 Guide to New Housing Law in California
    • Attachment 2: City Manager Memorandum dated 4/4/17: 2016 Density Bonus and Accessory Dwelling Units Legislation and Implications for Local Governments
    • Attachment 3: City Attorney Memorandum dated 11/27/17: Senate Bill 35 (Streamlined Approval Process for Certain Types of Housing Developments)

Bike PathTo share comments or feedback, contact Alison Spindler-Ruiz at 562.570.6946, or email This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807.