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Long Beach General Plan Update is Here!

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 - November 2017

On November 10, 2017 the City of Long Beach released revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps for community review.  Based on community discussions over the past two months, City staff presented revised maps to meet the projected job and housing needs, as well as address concerns related to height, density, additional housing units and traffic.  The revised maps reflect changes that modified multi-use designations to commercial designations, proposed height reductions in several areas, and lighter intensity uses throughout.  The revised maps reflect a reduction in density of 686 acres through height-reduction and modified land-use designations.  Read more.

New Draft Maps Release 11/10/2017 (hi-res) (20MB)
New Draft Maps Release 11/10/2017 (low-res)
PlaceType Distribution by Council District- released 11/10/2017
Draft LUE maps released August 2017 (hi-res) (23MB)
Draft LUE maps released August 2017 (low-res)
Draft LUE maps released February 2017 (hi-res) (28MB)
Draft LUE maps released February 2017 (low-res)
Map of Existing Land Uses (hi-res) (16MB)
Map of Existing Land Uses (low-res)

A Note from the City Manager on the General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Element (LUE):

Long Beach is a great city. It has wonderful people, strong neighborhoods, a terrific location, and a unique spirit that makes us all proud to live, work, and play here. Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion over how our city will look in the future, as our community contemplates a revised Land Use Element. Land Use Elements are one of the most important documents a city adopts, and it should reflect the results of community engagement, thoughtful planning, and compliance with State law. Read more

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.

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:
Founding Neighborhood
  • 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.

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.

To learn more about the Vision & Goals, View the Flyer.   
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View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
View the Misconceptions and Concerns
View the FAQs & Misconceptions and Concerns Presentation
View the Outreach Meetings Display Boards (70MB)
View the Draft PlaceType Maps - Subject to Change Based on Your Input (19MB)

View the Land Use Element Document
View the Urban Design Element Document
View the Environmental Reports & Documents Page 
Additional LB 2040 Documents

Bike PathTo share comments or feedback, contact Fern Nueno, at 562.570.5081 or This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807.