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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.

For updates on the Land Use Element (LUE) and Urban Design Element (UDE), please sign up on LinkLB.

LATEST UPDATES - March 2018 - Updated March 16, 2018

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 (EIR). The City Council adopted various changes to the maps as a part of their actions. These changes and the Final City Council Adopted Maps by Council District can be found at the links below.

On December 11, 2017, the Planning Commission recommended the proposed LUE and UDE PlaceType and Height Maps, and directed staff to update the Program EIR. Video, minutes from the meeting, the staff report and all attachments can be viewed at:

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.


View the Land Use Element Document Released 11/20/2017

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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 at 562.570.6946, or email This information is available in alternative format by request at 562.570.3807.