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Downtown Plan EIR Now Available for Review

The roots of the Downtown Plan and its EIR were formed in a highly social “visioning process” that began in 2006 with the volunteer efforts of a Visioning Committee and input received through public workshops. This initial process resulted in a message that combined words and imagery to convey what the future might look like. This visioning provided a necessary foundation for the Downtown Plan.

To see the Downtown Vision produced by a committee of residents, businesses, architects and community activists, please click here.

Going forward, the document will exist as the formal policy document to be used by City Staff on a daily basis to (1) keep true to the community’s vision, and (2) provide specific standards and guidelines to reference when working with developers. The more specific content of this Plan was developed with the contributions of a Downtown Steering Committee. Their mission was to advise Staff and the design consultants as the Plan evolved, to provide continuity with the prior visioning process, progress the thinking on focused topics through subcommittees, and to review and comment on draft versions of the document.

To review the actual Downtown Community Plan and associated market study, please click here.

The Downtown Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is now available for public review. The Draft EIR will have a 115-day circulation period, ending on Monday, April 4, 2011.

The proposed project is the adoption and implementation of the Long Beach Downtown Plan (attached as Appendix B of the EIR) that would replace the existing land use, zoning and planned development districts as the land use and design document for all future development in the proposed Downtown Plan project area. The Downtown Plan incorporates zoning, development standards, and design guidelines to be followed in implementing the Plan. Full implementation of the Downtown Plan could increase the density and intensity of existing Downtown land uses by allowing up to:
(1) approximately 5,000 new residential units; (2) 1.5 million square feet of new office, civic, cultural, and similar uses; (3) 384,000 square feet of new retail; (4) 96,000 square feet of restaurants; and (5) 800 new hotel rooms. The additional development assumed in the Downtown Plan could occur over a 25-year time period.

Long Beach Development Services must receive all written comments relating to the Draft EIR no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011.

Comments should be sent to:
Steve Gerhardt, AICP
Long Beach Development Services
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 5th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
Fax: (562) 570-6068

The Draft EIR is available for public review by clicking here.

Copies are also available at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue, and at Long Beach City Hall, 333 West Ocean Boulevard, 5th Floor.
The Draft EIR is also available for purchase on CD-ROM for a fee of $20.